The sun warms the first visitors who approach the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design on this Thursday 23rd and slips into the skylight of the monumental entrance. Inside the best art school in the world, it's packed. In a handful of hours the "Degree Show" begins, the end-of-year exhibition. It's an event that is unavoidable in the life of the institution, and in the British cultural agenda. Four days of artistic madness, stress, and networking during which students in fine arts can present - and sell - their works. Four days to change a life.
From May 24th to May 28th, the third year students from different pathways expose their final work, the one that will launch them into the professional world. You'll see work from BA and MA Fine Art, MA Art and Science, MA Photography, MRes Art, disposed all over the building.
Coming into the Central Saint Martins building that is usually closed to the public, you'll discover massive installations and performances taking place in the main hall, the "Street". The exhibition continues in the studios on the right of the ground floor, and on the right of the third floor. You will have a good chance to visit the whole building, seeing the view you can have from the different floors or even the hidden spaceship.
There are also a lot of celebrities coming to see the Degree Show, especially for the Part Two one, which is about fashion. This event attracts many socialites and last year, 40,000 people came in just four days.
There are so many pieces that were amazing that I cannot list my favorites. Just be aware of the different performances happening all over the building, especially on the Street. Maybe sing along with an elf karaoke or be transported by an automatic elderly chair or even have a conversation at an Existentialism Café. The show, having many works, performances and videos, means you can take a good two to three hours visiting the whole thing, and you'll still probably miss some things.