Artists-in-Residence ‘In Conversation’ at Cass Sculpture Foundation

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West Dean College has partnered with Cass Sculpture Foundation for its annual kiln project. Over the course of two-weeks, four Glasgow-based artists will be resident at West Dean and develop a series of new ceramic works in the purpose built studios. These will then be fired in a wood-kiln in the grounds of Cass Sculpture Foundation and exhibited later in the year.

You are invited to join us around the wood-fired kiln at Cass Sculpture Foundation, whilst the ceramic works are fired, for an informal discussion with artists Josée Aubin Ouellette and Suzanne Dery. Please feel free to bring your own picnic and drinks.

Saturday 3rd September, Cass Sculpture Foundation, free with general entry.  Continue reading

Residency in partnership with Cass Sculpture Foundation


For this year’s annual kiln project Cass Sculpture Foundation have partnered with West Dean College and invited four artists from Glasgow Sculpture Studio to undertake a residency to support the development and realisation of new artworks. Whilst based at West Dean College the artists will develop a series of ceramic pieces in the College’s workshops, these will then be fired in the wood kiln at Cass. Continue reading

Art in Public Spaces


Art Week Exeter, 9-15 May

One aim of Art Week Exeter was to bring creative engagement to the streets and non-art spaces of the city. It included: Jimmy Cauty’s Aftermath Dislocation Principle: a 40-foot shipping container with peep-holes to view a vast dystopian post-riot mulitimedia landscape [1:87 model], which is touring sites of riots all round Britain, and an affordable Art Vending Machine sited in the Bike Shed Theatre. Continue reading

Visiting Artist: Yelena Popova


Earlier this week the Visual Arts department at West Dean College was pleased to welcome visiting artist Yelena Popova, who delivered a talk on her practice and conducted one-to-one tutorials with full-time students. Born in Russia and currently based in Nottingham, Yelena initially studied set design before undertaking an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. Working across a variety of media, Yelena’s work incorporates painting, installation and video in order to engage with ideas of space and time, using the materiality of painting as a vehicle to explore broader concerns about cultural production and display. Continue reading

Open House interventions

Chris Walker installation 2016

As part of this year’s Open House event, full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College were invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed during the weekend celebrations. Building upon students’ existing practices and enhancing their professional profiles, proposals were encouraged to be specific to West Dean House.  Continue reading