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Caroline Achaintre, Fantômas, installation view, De La Warr Pavilion, 2018. Photo Rob Harris. Ceramic work made during a residency at West Dean College.

The history of West Dean College is steeped in innovative creative practice. Its founder, Edward James, was an influential figure in the British Surrealist movement and a major patron of numerous artists and writers, including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Leonora Carrington and John Betjeman. Since his estate was bequeathed to the Edward James Foundation in 1964, West Dean College has formed the core of one of the greatest private legacies supporting the arts in the world.

The West Dean residencies are awarded for a period of three weeks and are located within the Visual Arts Department. As well as full board and lodging, residents are given access to the grounds and the award-winning West Dean Gardens. Residents are also provided with studio space, access to skilled technical support and a range of specialist workshops, as well as other learning resources such as the library and computer suite.

Artists in Residence enrich the creative learning environment of the college by providing support to full-time graduate and postgraduate students, including a presentation on their practice and an account of the work produced during the time spent at West Dean. The amount of time expected to be allocated to these activities is equivalent to one day per week.

Residents are select via Open Call opportunities and in collaboration with partner institutions such as Cass Sculpture Foundation and the De La Warr Pavilion.

Previous residents include:

Katie Schwab (2018):

Caroline Achaintre (DLWP 2017):

Gabrielle Beveridge (2017): 

Florence Peake (Cass Projects 2017):

Yelena Popova (2017):

Poppy Jones (2016):

Mineral Supplements (Cass Projects 2016):

Christine Mills (2016):

Rose O’Gallivan (2015):


Blue Firth (2015)

George Charman (2014)

Freya Pocklington (2014)

Melanie Jackson (2009):

Chloe Steele (2008):

Thorbjorn Andersen (2007):

Meekyoung Shin (2004):