Campus, Holborn, London (2020)
Campus is the fourth property in The Koppel Projects portfolio of guardianships. The Letheby Building purpose-built on Southampton Row by WR Lethaby in 1986 was once home to the Central School of Arts and Crafts that later grew into Central Saint Martins.
Campus has been designed as a living experiment in interdisciplinary, community-driven learning and skill-sharing. For the greater part of the 20th century, specialism was valued above polymathy, but in today's multi-hyphenate world of collectives and community driven practices, over-specialism can leave artists and creatives in London isolated and stagnating, lacking the confidence and support to step outside their comfort zone.
Campus is an attempt to explore solutions to this problem. For learners and tutors alike it is a space where artists, makers, and creatives from all walks of life can explore, expand, and deepen their practice without fear of 'failing', 'wasting time', or getting into massive amounts of debt. Learners can explore new skills and topics from across the arts and curate their own personalised programme of study that fits around their London work life. Tutors can see their own work in a new light through teaching and skill-sharing, and expand or deepen their practice through community collaborations.
The Campus is comprised of seven 'departments' including film and photography, painting and drawing, campus aims to provide creative practitioners with the space to collaborate, share and gain skills, and experiment freely whilst building a vibrant, close-knit, accessible creative community in central London. A series of site specie work-in-progress residencies have been curated to open up opportunities to ingrate collaboration and cooperation into the development stages of creative works.