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  • 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.

Rebecca Partridge, Cube Octahedron, Ceramic
25 × 25 x 25 cm
Installation view

West Dean Visual Arts at Embassy Tea Gallery

Graduating students from the full-time Visual Arts programmes are currently exhibiting a selection of their work at the Embassy Tea Gallery, London.

Diane Palin, Postgraduate Diploma

Sneak preview: ‘Thirteen’ West Dean Summer Shows 2014

West Dean College hosts its annual exhibitions, presenting work by thirteen students graduating from the full-time Visual Arts programmes. The West Dean exhibition preview is this Friday, 4 July, 5pm

Jane Fremantle, Installation preparation. West Dean house 2014

Jane Fremantle: stone carvings at West Dean

Full-time Visual Arts student,  Jane Fremantle, has recently exhibited two hand-carved stone sculptures in the main house at West Dean College. The two sculptures consist of a base of polyphant surmounted by carved alabaster. The first piece to be carved was made with direct reference to the form and structure of a bird’s wing. The work then developed … Continue reading

Lotti Closs

Student News: New Contemporaries Shortlist

Current MFA student, Lotti V Closs, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Bloomberg New Contemporaries prize, a National award presented to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students. Successful shortlisted candidates are offered an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts which then tours various art spaces around the UK. Marking its 65th anniversary under the … Continue reading


Architectural Association Visiting School Las Pozas

“This summer, the Architectural Association Visiting School will lead a three-week workshop in Xilitla. The workshop will be based in Edward James’ surrealist garden in Las Pozas and will explore the formwork techniques developed by him and his workers on the site. Las Pozas Visiting School will revisit modern precedents of abstract architecture through the production … Continue reading

Line and Form Exhibition 2014 flyer

‘Line and Form’ – Fundraising Exhibition

‘LINE AND FORM’ FUNDRAISING EXHIBITION In order to support their Summer Shows, students from the full-time Visual Arts programmes at West Dean College present a special exhibition of work. Artworks from students, staff, friends and alumni will be for sale, with most work priced under £50! The proceeds will go towards two events planned for … Continue reading

George Charman Artichoke House Drawing 1

George Charman’s Artichoke House and art in historic buildings

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

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