Central Saint Martins and the Paris College of Art collaborate on Alternative Passport

Two celebrated arts institutions in two international cities brought together by a point of departure, their respective Eurostar stations. Students studying Foundation in Art and Design at both Central Saint Martins in London and The Paris College of Art collaborated to answer the question:

What defines who I am, where I am right now? 

Through a series of structured and self-negotiated tasks, selected groups of students from both colleges exchanged ideas, shared lessons, thoughts, and processes to create work that transcends their geographic and physical divides. The Alternative Passport exhibition showcased exciting work in film, photography, fashion, textiles, graphics, sculpture and mixed media.

‘The extraordinary range of responses reflect the truly international communities of both schools, the work is personal and full of energy. The collaborations between students in Paris and London were unexpected and suggest that PCA and CSM must work together again in the future’ – Judges comments 

The dual city exhibition opened at Central Saint Martins on March 5th before making its way to Paris for a second exhibition from March 12th until April 11th 2015. Three winning student works were selected and the winners travelled with the exhibition to London and then with the show on to Paris. Their comments illustrate how successful the project was:

Working internationally and being exhibited at CSM in my first year at uni was something I never would have imagined, and the trip to CSM was amazing… I think this project was the beginning of a very special relationship between two very special schools, and I’m so excited to see how much the it grows next year.’ – Keegan Keene, project winner from PCA

It was great to work internationally with students who supposedly have a similar profile and learning experience to us, and to then find out how different our perspectives were…Going to Paris as an art student for the first time really showed me how valuable this opportunity is.’ – Kellin Wang, project winner from CSM 

‘The idea that the world is reachable to anyone is what keeps me motivated to create.’ – Inês Mena Silva, project winner from CSM