Here are some highlights of the Angel Cake preview on 29 June. The exhibition is open 10am-5pm until Friday 6 July. We will then be taking a selection of the work to London’s Espacio Gallery from 25-28 July. Full details here.
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
The West Dean Summer Show 2018 ‘Angel Cake’ showcases original work by emerging artists studying for their Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate MFA qualifications. The free exhibitions, held at West Dean College and then in London, display a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles.
West Dean College Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Alumnus, Jill Laudet, is currently staging a series of installations and events during the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018. Continue reading
‘Deeds Not Words’
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
West Dean College celebrated the first glimpse of spring with a talk by Edward James’ former Head Gardener, Ivan Hicks. The event attracted artists, scholars of Surrealism, and gardeners alike, as Ivan recounted his experience of working with James and the friendship that ensued. Ivan shared images from his personal archive of correspondence that was exchanged over a period of ten years – the manifestation of two creative minds with a shared passion for horticulture, music, and wildlife. Continue reading