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
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
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
Very soon after completing an MA in Visual Arts at West Dean College I visited Lystbaekgaard in Denmark, to watch female shepherds working with sheep and see how crafts play a part in an agricultural environment. Continue reading
This week saw the announcement of artists shortlisted for the third Cordis Trust Prize for Tapestry, established by Visual Arts Scotland in collaboration with the Cordis Trust. A number of West Dean College staff members were present on the shortlist, which was drawn up by a prestigious panel of selectors with specialist knowledge of woven tapestry: Fiona Mathison and Susan Mowatt, along with Miranda Harvey of the Cordis Trust, Nicky Wilson, owner of Jupiter Artland, and VAS President Robbie Bushe. The presence of so many artists with direct links to the College affirms that West Dean – represented by the full-time Visual Arts programmes, the Short Course provision and the Tapestry Studio – remains at the forefront of tapestry-related practice. Continue reading
West Dean Tapestry Studio is pleased to announce the only open call tapestry commission in the UK for 2016. Deadline 1st September.