Visual Arts Summer Show 2015

West Dean College MFA Summer Show. Sarah Heenan's Variations on a Theme Picture date: Friday July 3, 2015. Photograph by Christopher Ison © 07544044177
Sarah Heenan, Postgraduate Diploma
Variations on a Theme, mixed media installation
Photograph by Christopher Ison ©

Read on to see some of the work exhibited at Divergence the West Dean Visual Arts Summer Show 2015! The exhibition includes work by students graduating from the Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and MFA programmes. We will be taking some of the work to London’s Brick Lane Gallery Annexe from July 16-19, so please join us for an opportunity to see excellent work by emerging artists.

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Visual Arts Summer Shows

West Dean Visual Arts Summer Shows 2015 web West Dean  Visual Arts is pleased to announce its Summer Shows 2015, to be held at the Edward James Studios at West Dean and the Brick Lane Gallery Annexe in London. The exhibitions showcase the work of fourteen students graduating from the full-time Visual Arts programmes at West Dean College, including Graduate and Postgraduate Diplomas and MFA degrees. Exhibiting students will present work developed over a year of intensive study, providing visitors with the opportunity to view original pieces from a group of newly emerging artists. The exhibitions include a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, hand-woven tapestry and textiles, printmaking, video and installation. Continue reading

Alumni News (including Pippa Blake exhibiting at West Dean)

Pippa Blake exhibition 2015PIPPA BLAKE


Pippa Blake presents an exhibition that takes inspiration from a Chichester Festival Theatre production from May 2015. Blake first thought of making work based on a theatre production several years ago, excited at the prospect of exploring the visuals, atmosphere and psychology of a play. She was subsequently invited to set up a residency at Chichester Festival Theatre during Festival 2014 and chose to focus on Pitcairn, a world premiere by Richard Bean, which charts the aftermath of the infamous mutiny on The Bounty. Continue reading

Student interventions at Open House 2015

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Martina Salvin – Space-time (2015) Mirrors, Perspex

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.

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Alumnus Exhibition and Commission


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 BiennaleContinue reading

Artist’s Talk: Poppy Jones

Poppy Jones - Statues Die Too Gabriele Beveridge, Rose O Gallivan, Niamh Riordan, Poppy Jones, Lise Hoveson Installation View. The Garage, North Terrace, London 2010

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