Alumni Residency at Ochre Print Studio

Sarah Cliff – Iphigenia’s Inconsequential Dreams and Lost Intentions (4)

West Dean College Alumni, Sarah Cliff (MFA) has recently been appointed Artist-in-Residence 2018 at Ochre Print Studio in Guildford. The residency will provide her with access to a fully equipped print studio, workshops and studio space, three-monthly critiques, two exhibitions, a blog and talk, in return for help in coordinating exhibitions and technician responsibilities. Continue reading

Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

Florence Peake’s RITE is a layered reinterpretation of a monument in Modernism’s history: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, composed in 1913 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, the original performance is notorious for the riot it provoked on the first night, when theatregoers apoplectic with anger had to be forcibly removed. Peake’s take, though, has little to do with those mythological beginnings. Instead, it taps into The Rite of Spring’s vital force, lending it a renewed sense of urgency.  Continue reading

Artist-in-Residence: Yelena Popova (Part 2)

Yelena Popova recently returned to West Dean College’s Visual Arts studios to complete her residency, the first phase of which began in February 2017. During the remaining two weeks of her project, Yelena continued to experiment with ongoing work in ceramics, including making glazes with locally sourced materials. This intense period of making resulted in a number of new works, giving Yelena the opportunity to make use of some of the College’s Raku firings. This traditional Japanese method results in unpredictable  textures and surface effects in the fired clay, which expanded Yelena’s experience and understanding of the possibilities of different material combinations and firing techniques. 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

MA student’s Lystbækgaard Residency

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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