Exhibition & Project Spaces: FAQs


If you're wondering how to submit a proposal to exhibit your work in one of our spaces (Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art, London College of Communication or London College of Fashion, High Holborn), it's worth reading through the Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you have any questions, please drop Sophie Risner, Events and Exhibitions Coordinator at Arts SU, a line: s.risner@su.arts.ac.uk 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the gallery spaces?

Central Saint Martins is based on the first floor D1 corridor outside of the Learning and Library Zone. Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA - https://goo.gl/maps/eisQvXSqWnm

Chelsea College of Arts is in D Block – DLG24. 16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU - https://goo.gl/maps/nUMqeZ5pGj42

London College of Communication is based directly outside of the Darkroom Bar and comes fitted with podium platform seating. London SE1 6SB - https://goo.gl/maps/UEY6QT5e1vS2

London College of Fashion (High Holborn) is based on the ground floor adjacent to The Blueprint Café and next to the Activities Studio. Please be aware that this is not the ‘Not Just a Shop’ window space – which is programmed by UAL’s Careers and Employability Team. 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY - https://goo.gl/maps/yTfjfdVXtXq

When will my booking start?

Your exhibition slot will run for 11 days, Tuesday to the following Friday (inclusive of the weekend). This includes installation and de-installation.

You will need to plan for installation, de-installation and making good of the space within your hire time. It is important that you keep to these times, as the space is often booked back-to-back.

How do I get into the space?

Central Saint Martins - the space is accessible throughout college opening hours as it is an open access space.

Chelsea - you will need to get the security team to open and close the space for you daily.

LCF, High Holborn - you will need to collect the gallery key from the Students’ Union Reception on the first floor.

London College of Communication - the space is accessible throughout college opening hours as it is an open access space for students.

When can I access the space?

Installation for all sites: 10am – 6pm

Invigilation: Within the above time you need to decide on how you intend to rota and invigilate the show. For solo shows you may need to state this on any promotional content when you intend to be present.

Can you help with putting up my exhibition?

Unfortunately not, but there are basic tools available which should cover your needs. This can be discussed once your booking has been confirmed.

Will you open and close the gallery for me and invigilate?

For basic exhibitions at LCF, High Holborn, we can arrange for the bar staff to open and close the space for you in line with the bar's opening times, but the work will be left un-invigilated at your own risk. As an example those exhibitions or projects with multiple audio visual requirements will need to be opened and closed by you.

Unfortunately, at all other sites (Central Saint Martins, Chelsea and London College of Communication) we don't have the resources for this, so it is your responsibility to open and close the gallery each day you wish it to be open. Think about what time you can realistically commit to and set your opening hours accordingly, for example, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm.

It is highly recommended that you invigilate the space at busy times like lunchtime, and at the beginning and end of the day.

Can I have a Private View?

Yes. Each site is different so please take note of the below:

Central Saint Martins – alcohol is not allowed unfortunately, you can have a dry PV on a Thursday morning (10am – 12pm) – unfortunately no external guests are able to be present as well due to Building Security so please be aware of this when you apply for the space.

Chelsea on the first Thursday of your slot from 6-8pm. You can supply your own refreshments in agreement with the Events and Exhibitions Coordinator.

London College of Fashion (High Holborn) and London College of Communication, on the first Thursday of your slot from 6-8pm. All refreshments must be purchased by you through either the Blueprint Café (LCF) or Darkroom Bar (LCC) (Darkroom Bar price list forthcoming - please contact the Arts SU Events and Exhibitions Coordinator).

We can provide you the contact details of the Arts SU Commercial Operations Manager to coordinate purchase.

I have guests that aren't students or staff. What do I do?

Chelsea, London College of Fashion (High Holborn) and London College of Communication

If you have guests coming to the Private View that aren’t UAL students or staff, then you will have to give a list of names to reception the day before the Private View.

If you have guests coming to see the exhibition that aren't UAL students or staff, then you will have to sign them in at reception when they arrive.

Central Saint Martins Unfortunately no external guests are able to view shows in this space due to Security protocol.

What does 'making good of the space' mean?

Making good of the space means removing all work and rubbish from the space, removing nails/screws from the walls, filling any large holes in the wall and repainting the space if necessary. Arts SU will provide any paint etc

needed to make good of the space. Please make sure you discuss your requirements with the Events and Exhibitions Coordinator.

Other things you need to know or consider?

Consider submitting a group exhibition proposal so you can share the responsibilities of installation and invigilation. Please note that an Arts SU staff member works at the Chelsea space once a week, so you will have to work around this when installing your exhibition.

Anything left in the space at the end of your hire will be disposed of.

Work left is at your own risk and will not be insured.

Only students studying at Central Saint Martins may apply for their space.

What do you need from me?

Information: At the point of application, we need as much information as possible including who is involved and how many people will be exhibiting. Please also take note that there is a space to upload images at the end of the space application form.

Risk Assessment: You will be expected to complete a Risk Assessment and return this to the Events and Exhibitions Coordinator no later than two weeks before your exhibition slot starts. This will be given to you in the information session.

Promotional material: If you supply us with a .jpeg version of your exhibition poster / flyer then we may be able to circulate this via the Arts SU social media channels and update onto the Arts SU ‘Whats on’ page staff resource permitting.

This will be needed no later than two weeks before your exhibition slot starts. You are responsible for all other promotion.