Open Day – Saturday 4 February 2017

John Walls by Christopher Ison

On Saturday 4th February West Dean College will be holding an Open Day for students interested in learning more about programmes of study both in the School of Creative Arts and the School of Conservation. All prospective students will get a feel for the College’s immersive creative atmosphere, will tour the student accommodation and Library facilities, glimpsing the historic interiors of the Main House used for site-specific work. Prospective Visual Arts students will be invited to tour the large spaces housed within the Edward James Studios, learning about various facilities and services available as part of the programmes. As well as connecting with Programme Leaders and Tutors, visitors will meet current students who can further inform them about student life and opportunities, as well as other staff members who can discuss funding options. Continue reading

A Series of Workshops

Over the last few weeks, full-time Visual Arts students have had access to a variety of material- and technique-based workshops and seminar sessions. These have ranged from spending a few days metalworking in the college’s blacksmithing forge (marshalled by West Dean stalwart Andrew Smith); discussing the processes of translation involved in the professional Tapestry Studio’s projects with artists and designers (with Philip Sanderson showing cartoons used for the studio’s inaugural Henry Moore commission and a more recent project with Tracey Emin); a monoprinting session with Marcus Rees Roberts; a workshop on natural dyes with Penny Walsh (in which various materials and objects – wood, stone, tapestry, gesso panels, handmade papers – were dyed and over-dyed). A selection of photographs from the various sessions are below: Continue reading

Hunting for a Hut

A small search began for a shelter. Emerging from the desire to live off the land, the project has now become a key part of my MA project: exploring the creative possibilities inherent in establishing a place to live and work, and the ability to move on to new pastures. Craving a caravan, I left scribblings on people’s camper vans pleading for their sale, even slipped notes beneath doors of any house which had a battered-looking wagon on the drive. Neither method had positive results. Continue reading