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.


The Round Room, Great Hall or Dome Room is at the heart of The Lethaby Building. Round Room Residencies invite creative practitioners to curate, make or perform site-specific works, that respond or are tailored to the historic space, and work within its unique constraints. The program looks to extend and open the narratives and practices that are traditionally associated with spaces of such grandeur, responding to William Lethaby’s vision both for inspiration and as an object of critical attention.


Aran Labs, Dream Wake, Round Room Residency, July 2020 


No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, curated by Edward Oliver, Exhibition (Photo Credit: Sisi Savage) 

"The Halfway House is an amorphous, makeshift place emerging between two worlds. It is a place simultaneously paralysed by nostalgia and seduced by the unfamiliar. Its residents wander restlessly or remain trapped in loops, struggling to adapt to the constant transformation taking place around them. It is a refuge for the lost and lonely, and a haven for alter egos, deceivers, voyeurs and dreamers. The production invites the audience, in household ‘bubbles’ of up to three people, to accompany a resident of The Halfway House on a series of absurd encounters unfolding in unstable and dreamlike spaces." Persona Collective (September 2020)  

The Halfway House, Persona Collective, Immersive Theatre (Photo Credit Karolina Burlikowska)


The Halfway House, Persona Collective, Immersive Theatre  (Photo Credit Karolina Burlikowska)


“The future belongs to independents. Their high emotional connection, agility, lean manufacturing and new systems will lead the way in forging a new more accurate, progressive and conscious fashion system - but only if they can weather this current storm and bounce back so that, as the Play button is pressed on the world once more, they can lead us towards a brighter, more sustainable and ethical future.” #2020 Vision (July 2020) 

Tianan Ding, Class of 2020 Vision, Exhibtion (Photo Credit: Daniele Fummo)


Mathilde Rougier, Class of 2020 Vision, Exhibition  (Photo Credit: Daniele Fummo)