Visual Arts alumnus, Lotti V Closs, awarded the Syson Prize as part of the Nottingham Castle Open 2014.
Between the 24th and 26th of January 2015, current West Dean College MFA student, Sarka Darton, will be taking part in ARTROOMS 2015, an inaugural International Art Fair taking place across the entire first floor of the Meliá White House Hotel in London’s Regent’s Park. Along with other independent international artists, Sarka has been invited to … Continue reading
Recent West Dean College graduate, Lotti Closs (MFA 2014), is currently included in the Nottingham Castle Open exhibition, running between 13th December 2014 and 18th January 2015. This year, contributors were selected by Sean Edwards (artist), Antony Micallef (artist) and Kirsty Ogg (Director, New Contemporaries). “For more than 100 years Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, the … Continue reading
The Visual Arts Department at West Dean College is pleased to welcome Blue Firth as Artist-in-Residence. Firth will use the three-week residency period to explore questions about the nature of material and its relation to both historic and contemporary contexts. Firth will be in residence from 12 January – 1 February. All residents are provided with a … Continue reading
This weekend (January 3rd & 4th), current West Dean College MFA student Margaret Jones is conducting public workshops on tapestry weaving at Modern Art Oxford. The workshops form part of ‘The Factory Floor‘, a project which, as an “homage to William Morris and Andy Warhol’s prolific production techniques”, transforms the gallery’s Yard space into a factory floor. … Continue reading
West Dean College is offering a new Visual Arts Scholarship in Tapestry and Textile Art for the academic year 2015/16. The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees for one year of study.
As part of her ongoing residency in the Visual Arts department at West Dean College, Freya Pocklington gave a talk about her work to the full-time students and a number of guests. Freya gave a chronological account of how her practice had developed over the years, before going on to explain her intentions for the three-week … Continue reading
At the end of last week the full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College visited CASS Sculpture Foundation, located just a few miles from the Visual Arts department, within the beautiful surroundings of the Goodwood Estate. Founded by Jeannette and Wilfred Cass CBE, the Foundation has been in existence for 22 years, modelled on an innovative, sustainable approach to commissioning and … Continue reading
During November 2014 Freya Pocklington will be Artist-in-Residence in the Visual Arts department at West Dean College. As well as working on drawings and paintings, Freya will be fully involved with the full-time students, giving talks about her practice, her intentions for the residency, as well as conducting one-to-one tutorials. Freya comments on the strange and disquieting … Continue reading
Ahead of a visit to West Dean College later in the year by Umberto Bellardi Ricci (one of the Directors of the Architectural Association’s Visiting School in Las Pozas, Mexico), here is a link to a short film documenting the AAVS’s most recent event, which took place during the summer. AAVS Las Pozas is an experimental concrete workshop set … Continue reading
Last week, as part of introductory sessions into various materials and methods, London-based artist Caroline de Lannoy conducted a workshop on colour theory. Combining a lecture on colour and light with a series of workshop-based exercises, as well as individual tutorials, Caroline focused on process, analysis and the application of colour theory to work students are currently developing. … Continue reading
Margaret Jones, a West Dean College postgraduate student currently studying toward an Master of Fine Arts (MFA) specialising in Tapestry and Textile Arts, has been awarded a Scholarship for British Craft from the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). Awards between £1,000 and £18,000 are made to craftsmen and women of all ages in order … Continue reading
George Charman, recent Artist-in-Residence at West Dean College, presents Artichoke House, an interpretation of a pavilion conceived by Edward James and drawn up by architect Christopher Nicholson circa 1936. Working from original drawings held in the Edward James Cultural Archive, as well as taking inspiration from the concrete forms James built at ‘Las Pozas’ (Xilitla, … Continue reading
West Dean College alumni, Emma Dexter, is exhibiting at Munro House Gallery in Leeds during October and November 2014 as part of her continuing studies at The University of Leeds. The work in the exhibition marks Emma’s return to making sculptural installations involving optical illusions, her practice often being “influenced by such paradoxical experiences as … Continue reading
West Dean Visual Arts exhibition news
Graduating students from the full-time Visual Arts programmes are currently exhibiting a selection of their work at the Embassy Tea Gallery, London.
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
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
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
“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