Edward Allington RIP

Edward Allington – Seated in Darkness (1987) Tate. Presented by the Weltkunst Foundation

It was with great sadness that West Dean College heard about the recent death of the celebrated artist, writer and educator, Edward Allington. He was a long-standing friend, supporter and inspiration for the College, particularly its Visual Arts programmes, for which he was External Examiner between 2008 and 2013. Our condolences are with his family. A brief tribute to Edward’s life and work can be found in the latest edition of Freize, a magazine to which he was a regular contributor.

Alumnus Residency in Goa, India

Large-scale pencil drawing on the floor of the studio, Panjim, Goa, India

West Dean Visual Arts alumnus, Georgia Hughes, spent part of the summer in Goa, India as part of a unique artist residency run by Vice Versa, an independent non-profit foundation that conducts workshops, seminars and residencies across a wide variety of cultural projects. From a base in a Heritage Portuguese house, which itself provided inspiration for a new series of drawings on paper, Georgia conducted wide-ranging independent research within the Goan community, including resources such as the State Library and associates of Indian fashion designer, Wendell Rodricks, at Goa College of Home Science – a place where the Kunbi saree was again being manufactured by hand as a heritage cloth and reintroduced into the Home Science educational curriculum. Continue reading

Heallreaf 2 – Tapestries on show in West Dean and London

William Jefferies

Two years ago, the inaugural Heallreaf exhibition (pronunciation guide: Hea is pronounced ‘hare’ and reaf as ‘reff’ – the full word sounding like ‘Hare-l-reff’) of contemporary woven tapestry took place at West Dean. The exhibition was organised by recently graduated Visual Arts student, Margaret Jones, and held in the Tapestry Workshop, now part of the Edward James Studios and host to the full-time Visual Arts programmes. Continue reading