MA student’s Lystbækgaard Residency


Later this month, graduating MA student Charlotte Arcedeckne-Butler will travel to Denmark to undertake a unique residency for female sheepherders. Located on the West Jutland heath on the outskirts of Kronheden, the farm of Lystbækgaard is owned by Denmark’s only trained female shepherd, Berit Kiilerich. The site, bordering Ulfborg State Forest, Klausie Plantation and Ulfborg Aktieplantage, has recently developed into a cultural destination including a visitor centre focusing on wool, shepherding and traditional craft skills. Continue reading

Shortlist Announced – West Dean Tapestry Commission Open Call

27884-west-dean-tapestry-studio-weaving-tracey-emin-vanishing-lake-tapestries-v2The West Dean Tapestry Studio has announced the shortlist  for its first Tapestry Commission Open Call . Over 150 artists based in the UK and working in different disciplines submitted a design or concept to be handwoven by Master Weavers at the internationally renowned Studio.

The shortlisted artists are: Katja Angeli, Fiona Curran, Rebecca Lennon, David Musgrave, Eva Rothschild, Sarah Staton, Ian Whittlesea Continue reading

Artist-in-Residence – Christine Mills


“People have always communicated through music, with the help of materials and life on the land – such as the miles of dead cows guts that string a harp, the tails of horses that help create the voices of our orchestras. Boundaries have been pushed and skills developed in the manufacture of instruments that not only create sounds that express our inner feelings, or communicate our concerns about nature, but visually celebrate the land with the instruments themselves.” Continue reading

Current student and Alumni news

Merna Liddawi – Uncreated Light (2016) Gold leaf and gesso on board

Continuing MFA student, Merna Liddawi, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Gemini Prize and her work will be exhibited at Asia House Gallery in London between 23rd and 30th September 2016. The Gemini Prize is an independent competition to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists from Asia and across the world. Continue reading

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, 5pm, Cass Sculpture Foundation Continue reading