BIG WHITE WALL PROJECT 2017

Liquitex and Cass Art support a unique opportunity for Central Saint Martins’ students to create temporary large-scale artwork along The Street in the new Central Saint Martin's building in North London.

This year a team of BA Textile Design and MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students created a multi-layered wall installation inspired by the work of Eduardo Paolozzi. Through the interrogation of traditional and contemporary print processes, different generations of CSM print design students have been brought together.

This project, which is now in its second year has attracted varied responses each year,  but the wininng application had the  added element of teamwork and the development of texture. Materials and expertise were supplied by Liquitex, and the project was generously supported by Cass Art.

Twenty seven students took two days to complete the project, and below you can watch a timelapse film of the artwork being created:

Eduardo Paolozzi, a former alumni of Central Saint Martin's had a huge influence on the students' design. Between 1949 and 1955 Eduardo Paolozzi taught textile design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Working alongside designers, architects, photograhers, artists and technicians. Paolozzi explored methods of experimental and interdisiplinary exchange, and this artwork for the Big White Wall Project is a reflection on the role of cretaive collaboration within Paolozzi's practice. The project coincides with a retrospective of Paolozzi's work at the Whitechapel Gallery.

The wining proposal was 'to create a multilayered wall installation inspired by the work of Eduardo Paolozzi connecting generations of CSM print design student through the interrogation of traditional and contemporary print process.' The students also took inspiration from a quote by Paolozzi: "I like to make use of everything. I can't bear to throw things away - a nice wine bottle, a nice box",  and his reputation of reusing discarded materials in his artwork. Therefore they made sure that the majority of the materials used were recycled; all of the materials used in the artwork were recycled with the exception of the Liquitex inks.