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.

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.

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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

Rebecca Partridge, Cube Octahedron, Ceramic
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