Lee Miller’s Surreal Buffet


A Unique Buffet from Lee Miller: A Life with Food, Friends and Recipes by Ami Bouhassane

Tuesday 15 May 2018, 6.30pm
The Old Library, West Dean College

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A fantastic opportunity to attend an Author Talk at West Dean College featuring Ami Bouhassane, granddaughter of Lee Miller. The evening includes a delicious buffet of dishes from Ami’s recent book Lee Miller: A Life with Food Friends and Recipes, prepared by West Dean College’s Head Chef. Continue reading

A Visit from Ivan Hicks

West Dean College celebrated the first glimpse of spring with a talk by Edward James’ former Head Gardener, Ivan Hicks. The event attracted artists, scholars of Surrealism, and gardeners alike, as Ivan recounted his experience of working with James and the friendship that ensued. Ivan shared images from his personal archive of correspondence that was exchanged over a period of ten years – the manifestation of two creative minds with a shared passion for horticulture, music, and wildlife. Continue reading

Line and Form – Print Series Box Set Launch


As part of the Preview for Line and Form, a fundraising exhibition by Visual Arts students at West Dean College (Friday 16th March, 4-7pm), there will be a launch of ‘Angel Cake’ a unique publication put together by the exhibiting artists.

‘Angel Cake’ is a limited edition box set of seven fine art prints by West Dean Visual Arts students. Printed on Somerset Satin in an edition of twenty, every print is signed and numbered by the artists. A variety of processes have been used, including woodcut, aluminium etching, monotype and screenprint.

The sets are available to purchase for £70, with all proceeds going to support the students’ 2018 Summer Show at Espacio Gallery, London.

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Open Day


Open Day is a chance for prospective students to visit the Visual Arts department, find out more about the various Graduate and Postgraduate programmes, tour the studios and facilities, as well as to meet staff and students. Information about funding support, accommodation and study options will be available.

Saturday 3 February 2018, 10am – 2pm.

Please register here.

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Artist-in-Residence: Katie Schwab

West Dean College is pleased to welcome Katie Schwab as its new Artist-in-Residence. Selected as part of last autumn’s Open Call, Katie will be spending three-weeks based in the Visual Arts department, working in close proximity to full-time students. Over the next few weeks Katie will give a talk about her practice and ongoing residency project to staff, students and alumni, as well as conducting one-to-one tutorials. Continue reading