Florence Peake: CASS/West Dean Residency

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

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

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

Artist-in-Residence – Emma Viggiano

Later this summer, West Dean College will be excited to welcome the Mexican photographer Emma Viggiano Gutierrez as part of its Artist-in-Residence programme. As a lifelong resident of the town of Xilitla, in the state of San Luis Potosí, México, Emma’s first visit to the College signals another link between the town and the Edward James Foundation – both synonymous with the creative activities associated with the College’s founder. Continue reading

Artist’s Talk: Poppy Jones

Last week Poppy Jones began her three-week residency at West Dean College by giving a talk about her practice to full-time Visual Arts students and a number of guests. As an artist whose work focuses on different forms of printmaking, Poppy underlined her ongoing concern for the image, particularly via themes relating to history and representation, examining the make-up of images not only in terms of content but also materiality. A consistent thread in her practice is the desire to see images not only as potential conveyors of information but as material objects in themselves. Continue reading

Artist-in-Residence: Poppy Jones

From the beginning of the new academic term, the Visual Arts department at West Dean College is pleased to host the London- and Sussex-based artist, Poppy Jones, as its latest Artist-in-Residence. Both Poppy’s practice and research interests are focused on contemporary printmaking, combining the use of traditional media and technique (such as etching, monotype, woodcut, etc.) with digital printing. Whilst always informed by the history of printmaking, Poppy’s work is often concerned with materiality, especially in relation to the digital image. Continue reading

Artist’s Talk: Blue Firth

At the beginning of last week, Nottingham-based artist and current West Dean College Artist-in-Residence, Blue Firth, gave a talk about her practice to the full-time Visual Arts students and a number of guests. Over the course of an hour, Blue gave a fascinating insight into how her work has developed, taking in various media (sculptural and sound installations, participatory events, publications, site-specific projects) as well as outlining a consistent focus on what is immaterial. In the context of a desire to make work that is tangible (i.e. material) to a broad audience, as well as a renewed passion for materials and the act of making, these problems were discussed as motivating factors in Blue’s practice in general as well as her three-week residency at West Dean. Continue reading