Alumni News: Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2017

Sarah Cliff – Corda’s Carousel (2017) Aquatint, drypoint

Recently graduated MFA student, Sarah Cliff, has had three prints selected for inclusion at the 2017 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. The international exhibition takes place between 20th and 23rd October at Building 10, Major Draper Street,  Royal Arsenal Riverside, London, SE18 6GD. A Press View takes place on 19th October.

The Fair receives huge numbers of applicants and competition is fierce, so many congratulations to Sarah on her success. This is not the only achievement associated with Sarah’s completion of the MFA programme. At West Dean College’s Graduation Award’s Day in July, Sarah was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize, awarded for consistently high achievement, presented in partnership with West Dean’s partner institution the University of Sussex.

Student interventions at West Dean Arts & Craft Festival, 2-4 June

As part of the 2017 Art and Crafts Festival, full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College were invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed in the Historic House. Five works were selected to be on display during the event, the only occasion when the House is open to the public. The works include sculptures inspired by Edward James’ patronage of Leonora Carrington; his long-term friendship with George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein  (co-directors of the New York City Ballet); a plaque commemorating James’ vision of creation in the Old Dining Room in the 1930’s; a floating paper sculpture inspired by the work of René Magritte; and a kinetic sound installation exploring complex relationships between rhythm and chaos. Continue reading

Visit to Ford / Sabin Studio

In early May a number of full-time Visual Arts students and staff were invited to visit the local studio of renowned artists Laura Ford and Andrew Sabin, located in former farm buildings just a few miles from West Dean. It was fascinating to see how a vast barn had been transformed into a space not only for the production of new work (on a large scale, in a wide variety of materials) but also for the temporary exhibition of finished pieces and installations. Continue reading

Alumni News

West Dean College MFA graduate Lotti V Closs is having her debut solo exhibition at Castor Projects, London: In Plain Sight. The exhibition is runs from 26th May to 1st July, and is open Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. The Private View is Friday 26 May, 6-9pm. Continue reading

Florence Peake: CASS/West Dean Residency

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Florence Peake ‘The Keeners’, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and commissioned by SPACE.         Image credit Tim Bowditch.

14th May – 6th June 2017
Cass Sculpture Foundation and West Dean College
With thanks to Arts Council England.

West Dean College and Cass Sculpture Foundation are pleased to announce Florence Peake as the 2017 CASS artist-in-residence. This May, Peake will be resident at West Dean College for three weeks, making use of the incredible studio facilities, resources and technical expertise available at both the college and at CASS to create a new body of ceramic work inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s musical score The Rite of Spring. With the assistance of dancer Rosemary Lee, Florence Peake plans to choreograph a routine to be performed on a stage of raw clay. Through grabbing, pushing and pulling the clay, Rosemary will form violent eruptions on the surface to echo the dramatic score of The Rite of Spring. As a result, the surface of the clay will become an abstract documentation of this performance and a sculptural interpretation of Stravinsky’s composition. The clay stage will subsequently be divided into tiles to be fired in the wood-fired kiln at CASS. Continue reading