Student interventions at West Dean Arts & Craft Festival, 2-4 June

As part of the 2017 Art and Crafts Festival, full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College were invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed in the Historic House. Five works were selected to be on display during the event, the only occasion when the House is open to the public. The works include sculptures inspired by Edward James’ patronage of Leonora Carrington; his long-term friendship with George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein  (co-directors of the New York City Ballet); a plaque commemorating James’ vision of creation in the Old Dining Room in the 1930’s; a floating paper sculpture inspired by the work of René Magritte; and a kinetic sound installation exploring complex relationships between rhythm and chaos. Continue reading

Alumni News

West Dean College MFA graduate Lotti V Closs is having her debut solo exhibition at Castor Projects, London: In Plain Sight. The exhibition is runs from 26th May to 1st July, and is open Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. The Private View is Friday 26 May, 6-9pm. Continue reading

Staff and Alumni News: Visiting ‘Las Pozas’

screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-09-24-33   aavs-las-pozas-beton-machineVisual Arts programme leader, Dr. David Stent, was awarded a research grant to travel to Mexico and visit ‘Las Pozas’, the extraordinary garden built by West Dean College founder, Edward James, between 1947 until 1984. From its position high in the mountains of San Luís Potosí, Xilitla looms large in the context of James’ life and work. He worked on the former coffee plantation, consisting of some 80 acres of rain forest punctuated by a series of waterfalls and natural pools – in collaboration with Plutarco Gastélum, as well as a number of expert carpenters, masons and other local workers. Continue reading

Open House interventions

As part of this year’s Open House event, full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College were invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed during the weekend celebrations. Building upon students’ existing practices and enhancing their professional profiles, proposals were encouraged to be specific to West Dean House.  Continue reading

‘Line & Form’ and Open House 2016

This coming weekend sees two public events involving full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College. The first is the annual fundraising exhibition, Line & Form, in which students present a selection of their current work for sale, including prints, paintings, sculpture and ceramics. As well as current Graduate and Postgraduate students, other contributions come from West Dean alumni and staff members. All funds raised will go toward On-Site, this year’s Summer Show taking place in July. This event is free and open to the public. 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