The relocation of Central Saint Martins to King’s Cross showed that an engaged community of students and faculty, and a public-focused facility, can be a tremendous catalyst for innovation and change. By moving our London College of Fashion and London College of Communication campuses to Olympicopolis, University of the Arts London next hopes to import 10,000 of the capital’s most creative and colourful students to a new growing cultural hub. These innovative thinkers would forge productive relationships with their neighbours in the community, from Newham Council to schools, cultural institutions to local residents. They would create events and hold exhibitions that would inspire, provoke, excite and educate. They would draw international attention to the evolving stage of the globally acclaimed 2012 Olympics. They would attract new business eager to tap into the vitality, energy and vision of a London’s new creative centre.
Students and staff from the London College of Fashion and the Cordwainers Community Gardeners, have been working on the Dye Garden at Mare Street, readying the beds to grow more dye and fabric plants for the new season. They were joined by artist, Zoe Burt, whose mission is to create a dress grown from seeds within the M25. Students have been using the garden to grow dye plants to create unique and environmentally friendly collections, and LCF has also welcomed the support of volunteers from Permablitz and the Cordwainers Community Gardeners.