Lethaby Gallery, Southampton Row
January 24th-March 4th, 2011

Peter Kardia | Friday 21st January 2011

In the run up to Central Saint Martins' relocation to Kings Cross in 2011, the school's Lethaby Gallery  played host to In Exchange, an ambitious engagement with CSM's past and present art educational practices. From 24th January to 3rd March, In Exchange  offered first and second year students from the BA Fine Art's 3D pathway the opportunity to showcase work in the context of historical documents, photographs, film and ephemera –an archive recently brought to light as part of a programme of research into radical pedagogy in the school.* Through this structure, which at the same time relays a dramatic, ongoing narrative of institutional restructuring, contemporary students and visitors  joined a dialogue with alumni and former staff on persistent questions of production, process and context. The exhibition  connected practices as diverse –and indeed as similar –as Peter Kardia's 'Documentation Model' of the mid 1960s to Naomi Dines, Kathy McCarthy and Elizabeth Wright's first year student project, 'The Gift' from Autumn 2010. Taking the form of an ongoing, process-based, collaborative site of investigation, In Exchange  provided a space for historical reflection and the production of new models of practice and learning in art. Schedule and regular updates can be found at:*

For more information on the programme of research into radical pedagogy including previous and up-coming talks and seminars go to:


Lethaby Gallery, Granary Square
March 28th 12-6pm

On Tuesday 28th March, 2017, the organisers of IN EXCHANGE have been invited to the CSM Kings Cross Lethaby Gallery to accession archival material from the original event in 2011. This workshop will take the resulting documents, diagrams, photographs and interview film footage as a starting point for a general discussion on what is meant by an active or ‘living’ archive and the social processes that enable a deployment of history.