• This website is dedicated to the full-time Visual Arts Programmes at West Dean College. Here you will find detailed descriptions of all graduate- and postgraduate-level courses, MA and MFA degrees, including those specialising in Painting & Drawing, Sculpture, Tapestry & Textile Art, as well as information about facilities and staff members.

    On the main page there is also a blog featuring news and events involving the department, together with articles written by or relating to current and former students and staff.

    Further details about how to apply for Visual Arts Programmes, funding opportunities and the Edward James Foundation can be found by following the links to the official West Dean website.

George Charman Artichoke House Drawing 1

Artist-in-Residence – George Charman (2)

West Dean College is amongst a number of high-profile historic properties that have been host to innovative and ambitious contemporary art projects. Such projects provide unique settings for contemporary practitioners, offering enormous opportunities for enriching a site’s history, engaging audiences that may be unfamiliar with contemporary art, and building new relationships.

las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico

Staff News

An overview of recent and upcoming West Dean Visual Arts staff activity

Teresita Dennis - Extension (2006) Oil on canvas, 208 x 208cm

Visiting Artist: Teresita Dennis

A few weeks ago, the Visual Arts department at West Dean College was pleased to welcome London-based painter Teresita Dennis as guest speaker. Having trained at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London, Teresita teaches at the City and Guilds of London Art School. During a morning presentation, Teresita gave an overview … Continue reading

Original Artichoke House image  © Edward James Foundation

Artist-in-Residence – George Charman (1)

Current Artist-in-Residence at West Dean College, George Charman, is based in the Visual Arts department for four weeks working toward the construction of ‘Artichoke House’, a large-scale sculpture based on an original design by Edward James. ‘Artichoke House’ will be exhibited in the grounds of West Dean from June 2014. During the residency, George will … Continue reading

Margaret Jones - Gwendoline (2013) (detail)

Student News

Visual Arts student Margaret Jones has recently had a piece of work accepted into ‘Scythia 10’ an International Biennial Symposium Conference and Exhibition on Textile Art. The work of 55 international textile artists has been selected by jury to be shown in the Ukraine from 18th to 22nd June, 2014. In addition to the exhibition … Continue reading

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Visual Arts Open Day | March 22 2014

Advance your creative practice, critical thinking and professional skills at West Dean College, with its historical connection to the Surrealist movement.

Linda Brothwell

Visiting Artist: Linda Brothwell

Last week’s visitor to the Visual Arts department at West Dean College was Bristol-based artist Linda Brothwell. During a morning talk to the full-time students, Linda gave an overview of her practice as well as discussing three specific projects that she has been involved with in the last few years. Although the outcomes of and … Continue reading

Edward Allington VA Lecture 2014

Artist Talk: Edward Allington

The Visual Arts department is pleased to host a talk by Edward Allington, a leading figure in British sculpture. Allington’s work is influenced by the classical world of Greece and Rome, often referencing architectural details and ancient artefacts. His work is held in major collections across the world, including the Tate and CASS sculpture park, … Continue reading

Sarah Bryant / Shift-Lab

Student News: A Visit to Sarah Bryant’s Studio

Visual Arts Graduate Diploma student, Jill Laudet, recently made a visit to the studio workshop of Sarah Byrant, a Brighton-based letterpress printer and bookbinder specializing in the production of editioned artist’s books under her imprint, Big Jump Press. Gently flex it, this way – that way, feel the grain. Lay it down squarely and, with … Continue reading

Ismini Samanidou - The Revenge of Arachne

Visiting Artist: Ismini Samanidou

Last week the Visual Arts department was pleased to host Ismini Samanidou as Visiting Artist, who gave a presentation about her practice before conducting individual tutorials with full-time students. Trained as a weaver and textile designer, Ismini was born in Greece and is currently based in London. From an initial interest in photography, particularly the … Continue reading

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