2022 Student Collaboration: ‘Wonders of the Undersea World’

The Creative Dimension Trust is delighted to announce the unveiling of the 2022 student collaboration piece, ‘Wonders of the Undersea World’. The skills our students have developed in free and diverse workshops throughout 2022 have come together in a stunning display within one of Fortnum & Mason’s window displays in London, Piccadilly. 



 ‘WONDERS OF THE UNDERSEA WORLD’ includes an intense deep sea backdrop with intricate eel, octopus and jellyfish architectural models made by students, depicting a futuristic view of life undersea. Shimmering glass and enamel fish dance around in deep water while extraordinary brightly coloured glass coral lace lie on the seabed. The window – showcasing the work of students from The Creative Dimension Trust (TCDT) – was on display until 18th September 2022.  



TCDT offers free online and in-venue workshops, taught by world-class craft specialists, to 14-19 year olds who wish to develop their hand skills. These students have demonstrated the potential to forge a career pathway where precise hand-eye co-ordination and an understanding of 3-dimensional shapes are prerequisite.  Alumni have gone on to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, fine art, jewellery making, art conservation, glass working, theatre design, fashion, and costume design.  Student work from TCDT workshops is used to support applications for further education and jobs. 



Students from four different TCDT workshops a came together to develop this collaboration.   

  • The architectural models were constructed in workshops at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects (AHMM).  Students benefitted from one-to-one uninterrupted guidance from AHMM’s head model maker.  
  • The wonderful deep sea fish and coral lace were cut and blended at the fused glass workshop at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. 
  • The brightly coloured enamelled fish on silver were created by students under the tutelage of award winning Tomiko Ravn at a workshop at The Goldsmiths’ Centre.  
  • The window backdrop was created by students with internationally renowned fresco painter Sarah Hocombe at  the Painting Techniques workshop at leading multidisciplinary design and fabrication company Zone Creations Ltd. 


The collaboration was brought together by TCDT Trustee Simon Costin, a set designer who brings the creativity of art installation to editorial and fashion shows alike. His clients have included Alexander McQueen, H&M, Valentino, Gucci, YSL and Faberge. 


“The chance to exhibit work in a window display at the iconic Fortnum & Mason has been an unforgettable experience for the students – which also provided fantastic one-off additions to their portfolios. The theme forced students to think about living undersea, and they rose to the challenge by producing results of a high standard.  Many, many thanks to Fortnum & Mason and everyone else involved.” 

– Penny Bendall, TCDT Founder and CEO


TCDT aims to have 80% of participants from less advantaged backgrounds and direct recruiting is at targeted schools.  

To find out more information and apply for upcoming workshops see here.


To read more about the unveiling of the window display, please see below for articles written about the event by Sublime Magazine and The Table Read: