Saint Martin's School of Art
The Saint Martin's School of Art building, in Charing Cross Road
|Type||academy of art and design|
|Location||London, United Kingdom
|Campus||107–109 Charing Cross Road|
Saint Martin's School of Art was an art college in London, England. It offered foundation and degree level courses. It was established in 1854, initially under the aegis of the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Saint Martin's became part of the London Institute in 1986, and in 1989 merged with the Central School of Art and Design to form Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
From 1952 to 1979 Frank Martin was head of the sculpture department of Saint Martin's. He brought in young sculptors such as Anthony Caro, Robert Clatworthy, Elizabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi to teach, and also employed as part-time teachers recent graduates of the department, including David Annesley, Michael Bolus, Phillip King, Tim Scott, Bill Tucker and Isaac Witkin. Caro's influence was particularly strong, and the group around him came to be known as the New Generation of British sculptors. The sculpture department became, in the words of Tim Scott: "the most famous in the art world".
Notable alumni of Saint Martin's School of Art include:
- Sade Adu
- Pierce Brosnan
- Peter Doig
- John Galliano
- Bill Gibb
- Gilbert and George
- Anthony Gormley
- Katharine Hamnett
- Richard Long
- Bruce Oldfield
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