Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

Florence Peake’s RITE is a layered reinterpretation of a monument in Modernism’s history: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, composed in 1913 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, the original performance is notorious for the riot it provoked on the first night, when theatregoers apoplectic with anger had to be forcibly removed. Peake’s take, though, has little to do with those mythological beginnings. Instead, it taps into The Rite of Spring’s vital force, lending it a renewed sense of urgency.  Continue reading

Alumni’s Good Nature

A number of West Dean College’s Visual Arts alumni are involved in an exhibition at Candida Stevens Gallery in Chichester. Good Nature, which runs from 16 September to 28 October (Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5pm) includes 31 Contemporary British Artists, each making one piece of work in response to the gallery’s chosen theme: a celebration of the beauty and fragility of the planet and the essential part we all play in preserving it.

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Curators visit the Summer Show

As part of the Professional Practice units supporting the staging of ‘Critical Paths’, the Visual Arts Summer Show 2017, the students were visited by two curators, both of whom toured the exhibition, discussing the work in detail and the art world in general. Most recently, we welcomed Anabelle Görgen, Curator at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, who was also visiting West Dean to conduct her own research in the Edward James Archive. Continue reading

Alumni News: Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2017

Sarah Cliff – Corda’s Carousel (2017) Aquatint, drypoint

Recently graduated MFA student, Sarah Cliff, has had three prints selected for inclusion at the 2017 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. The international exhibition takes place between 20th and 23rd October at Building 10, Major Draper Street,  Royal Arsenal Riverside, London, SE18 6GD. A Press View takes place on 19th October.

The Fair receives huge numbers of applicants and competition is fierce, so many congratulations to Sarah on her success. This is not the only achievement associated with Sarah’s completion of the MFA programme. At West Dean College’s Graduation Award’s Day in July, Sarah was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize, awarded for consistently high achievement, presented in partnership with West Dean’s partner institution the University of Sussex.