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SLG HOSTS: School SOS: Exhibition
13 – 28 Nov 2021
Past exhibition

A photo of an landscape-orientated advertisement panel inside a London underground tube service. The advert is pink with red chains in teh background, a white text reads 'Tell the Truth?'

School SOS, SOS_21. Image underlay by Peter Brooks at SOS_20 

School SOS is a Nomadic Not-For-Profit Critical Design School that seeks to challenge traditional modes of Higher Education delivery in the UK. Through partnerships between museums, galleries, libraries and other public institutions, SOS aims to build relationships between these diverse and latent ways of teaching, to create a different kind of educational offer.

Encouraged to work together with partners and collaborators, the programme seeks to enable development in the arts and design through critical design thinking.

This year’s 3-month programme culminates in a 3 week residency at the South London Gallery, where 12 participants from diverse design and art backgrounds finalise their response to a brief exploring the scope of politically and socially active spatial practices of non-negotiation and negotiation. 

A final 2 week-long exhibition at the gallery runs from Saturday 13th November – Sunday 28th November where research produced on the programme will be presented alongside film and new works by our young practitioners. 


School SOS is an ever-growing partnership between practicing designers, artists, students, critical thinkers, activists, cultural institutions, sponsors, existing schools and universities. As such, SOS is a network of like-minded individuals. 

Pierre Shaw: Cofounder and Director 

Pierre obtained his BA in Architecture at the University of Sheffield before completing his MA in Architecture at the Royal College of Art in 2018. Pierre has held a research fellowship with the British Council at the Venice 15th Biennale Architettura. He has published essays for e-flux Architecture and in 2018 was named as ‘One to Watch’ by Blueprint Magazine. 

Pierre is an Architect at the RIBA Stirling Prize winners, Haworth Tompkins and an Associate Lecturer of MA Design for Social Innovation at UAL, London. 

Kishan San: Cofounder and Director 

Kishan completed a BA in Architecture at the University of Westminster in 2015 and a Diploma in Architecture at the Architectural Association in 2019. Kishan works as a Researcher at the Turner Prize nominated human rights research agency Forensic Architecture (FA), based at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

With FA his work has been tabled for discussion at European Parliament (the LIBE Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) and has been published in numerous media outlets including, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Der Spiegel, Mediapart, Efsyn, and Madr Masr.

Exhibition view

School SOS, 2021. Photo: Fred Howarth.
School SOS, 2021. Photo: Fred Howarth.
School SOS, 2021. Photo: Fred Howarth.
School SOS, 2021. Photo: Fred Howarth.
School SOS, 2021. Photo: Fred Howarth.