Alumni Residency in Japan (KAIR 2018)

MA Visual Arts graduate Laura Luna Castillo, in collaboration with West Dean alumnus, Jonathan Turner-Bishop (Making / Conservation of Clocks), have been selected for a fully-funded, ten-week Kamiyama Artist Residency in Japan (KAIR 2018). Laura and Jonathan’s unique collaboration began during the 2017 Open House event at West Dean, in which they took over a room in the historic house (formerly Edward James’ bedroom) with an installation of motion sensor-activated sonic sculptures. Continue reading

Student Interventions during Arts & Craft Festival 2018

Each year, full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College are invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed as part of the annual opening of the Historic House, part of the Arts and Craft Festival. Building upon students’ existing practices and enhancing their professional profiles, proposals are encouraged to reflect the rich heritage of West Dean and the legacy of College founder, Edward James.

This year, four exhibited works included sculpture inspired by the creation of the Edward James Archive, a performance piece informed by James’ involvement with Les Ballets 1933, a textile based on the clenched fist motif of the James Press, and a large-scale work that references West Dean’s famous Footprint Carpet. Continue reading

‘Deeds Not Words’ Banner Making Workshop

Processions 2018 (Images of Emmeline Pankhurst courtesy of the Women’s Library at London School of Economics)

‘Deeds Not Words’
Banner-Making Workshop
Saturday 26 May, 10am-5pm
The Edward James Studios
West Dean College
PO18 0RX (use Gardens Entrance)

ALL WELCOME TO DROP IN

Drawing inspiration from Suffrage banners, participants at this drop-in workshop are invited to make their own banners that engage, provoke, empower, and express the ideas, concerns and hopes of women in the 21st century. Continue reading