George Charman, Artichoke House 2014
  • 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.

Poppy Jones - Omega

Artist-in-Residence: Poppy Jones

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 … Continue reading

Line and Form exhibition 2015

Line and Form: Fundraising Exhibition 2015

Full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College present an exhibition of current work to raise funds for their forthcoming Summer Shows. Preview: May 1, 4-7pm Open: May 2-3, 10am-4pm The Auditorium, West Dean College (Gardens Entrance), Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX [image: Sarah Heenan, Postgraduate Diploma Visual Arts]  

Collaboration for London Craft Week

Second year MFA student, Margaret Jones, is currently collaborating with artist Jake Abrams to produce a piece of work to be shown at the Crypt Gallery in May 2105, during London Craft Week. Such collaborations are part of a new venture between Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and The Griffin Gallery. 6-10 May, 11am-5pm Private view: 6 May, 6-8.30pm The exhibition will … Continue reading

Basil Beattie image

Artist’s Talk: Basil Beattie

West Dean Visual Arts is pleased to host a talk by leading English painter and printmaker Basil Beattie.

Blue Firth - Pentacle

Artist’s Talk: Blue Firth

At the beginning of last week, Nottingham-based artist and current West Dean College Artist-in-Residence, Blue Firth, gave a talk about her practice to the full-time Visual Arts students and a number of guests. Over the course of an hour, Blue gave a fascinating insight into how her work has developed, taking in various media (sculptural and … Continue reading

ZAP (Zeitgeist Art Projects)

Creative Development Talks at West Dean College

As part of a series of Creative Development workshops aimed at both emerging and established practitioners, West Dean College presents a series of three evening talks by Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley of ZAP (Zeitgeist Arts Projects). Full-time Visual Arts students are invited to attend and tickets are also available to the public – for more … Continue reading

Lotti Closs - Composite II. Beech, soapstone, acrylic paint (2014)

Visual Arts alumnus awarded Syson Prize

Visual Arts alumnus, Lotti V Closs, awarded the Syson Prize as part of the Nottingham Castle Open 2014.

Sarka Darton ARTROOMS2015

MFA student at ARTROOMS2015

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

Nottingham Castle Open 2014

Alumnus at Nottingham Castle Open 2014

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


Artist-in-Residence: Blue Firth

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


MFA student at Modern Art Oxford

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

Anne alldread Studio. Photo by Peter Jones

Visual Arts Scholarship in Tapestry and Textile Art

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.

Work in progress NOA

Artist’s Talk – Freya Pocklington

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

Gary Webb, Dream Bathroom. Courtesy of CASS Sculpture Foundation

Visit to CASS Sculpture Foundation & Archive

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

Freya Pocklington - A Gift for Gertica (2013) Conté, ink, crayon and charcoal on paper, 133 x 152cm

Artist-in-Residence: Freya Pocklington

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


AA Visiting School – Las Pozas, Mexico

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


Workshop: Colour Theory with Caroline de Lannoy

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

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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

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