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.

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