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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.

Lotti V Closs (MFA 2014)

Student Open Day 2014

WEST DEAN COLLEGE – STUDENT OPEN DAY 2014 Saturday 8th November, 10am – 4pm DIPLOMA, MA & MFA programmes in Visual Arts See the studios, meet students and tutors, find out about funding and tour of the College facilities. If you would like to attend the Open Day or for more information, please call +44 … Continue reading

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Postgraduate student becomes QEST Scholar

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, Artichoke House 2014

George Charman – Artichoke House

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

Thesis – Antithesis – Synthesis (detail)

Alumni News

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

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

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