As part of this year’s Open House event, current full-time Visual Arts students were invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed during the weekend celebrations. Building upon students’ existing practices and enhancing their experience of exhibition opportunities, proposals were encouraged to be specific to West Dean House, particularly those areas along the Open House route. As well as giving students a chance to engage with the fascinating history of the Estate and the James family, especially the Surrealist connections associated with Edward James, they were also free to focus on less obvious details within the setting of the house. Through elements as diverse as an architectural feature, a view from a certain window, or an individual image on the wall, exhibitors could tap into their own historical or contemporary concerns.
Lotti V Closs is the winner of the 2014 SYSON prize from Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery’s annual Open exhibition, and will be presenting MASS, a solo exhibition of work at the Syson Gallery, Nottingham, from Saturday 16 May – 11 June. Lotti Closs has recently returned to her home town of Nottingham after completing her MFA at West Dean College where she was awarded Distinction and received the Vice Chancellor’s award for exceptional performance. Last year she was also elected as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and is currently part of Sun Screen – an online project commissioned by the East Midlands Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale. Continue reading
Last week Poppy Jones began her three-week residency at West Dean College by giving a talk about her practice to full-time Visual Arts students and a number of guests. As an artist whose work focuses on different forms of printmaking, Poppy underlined her ongoing concern for the image, particularly via themes relating to history and representation, examining the make-up of images not only in terms of content but also materiality. A consistent thread in her practice is the desire to see images not only as potential conveyors of information but as material objects in themselves. Continue reading
Architectural Association / Las Pozas Visiting School
Wednesday 5 – Monday 24 August 2015
The Las Pozas Visiting School will be revisiting modern precedents of abstract architecture and produce a series of 1:1 concrete interventions in the Mexican jungle. 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. Continue reading
From the beginning of the new academic term, the Visual Arts department at West Dean College is pleased to host the London- and Sussex-based artist, Poppy Jones, as its latest Artist-in-Residence. Both Poppy’s practice and research interests are focused on contemporary printmaking, combining the use of traditional media and technique (such as etching, monotype, woodcut, etc.) with digital printing. Whilst always informed by the history of printmaking, Poppy’s work is often concerned with materiality, especially in relation to the digital image. Continue reading