‘Deeds Not Words’ Banner Making Workshop

Processions 2018 (Images of Emmeline Pankhurst courtesy of the Women’s Library at London School of Economics)

‘Deeds Not Words’
Banner-Making Workshop
Saturday 26 May, 10am-5pm
The Edward James Studios
West Dean College
PO18 0RX (use Gardens Entrance)

ALL WELCOME TO DROP IN

Drawing inspiration from Suffrage banners, participants at this drop-in workshop are invited to make their own banners that engage, provoke, empower, and express the ideas, concerns and hopes of women in the 21st century. Continue reading

A Visit from Ivan Hicks

West Dean College celebrated the first glimpse of spring with a talk by Edward James’ former Head Gardener, Ivan Hicks. The event attracted artists, scholars of Surrealism, and gardeners alike, as Ivan recounted his experience of working with James and the friendship that ensued. Ivan shared images from his personal archive of correspondence that was exchanged over a period of ten years – the manifestation of two creative minds with a shared passion for horticulture, music, and wildlife. Continue reading

Line and Form – Print Series Box Set Launch


As part of the Preview for Line and Form, a fundraising exhibition by Visual Arts students at West Dean College (Friday 16th March, 4-7pm), there will be a launch of ‘Angel Cake’ a unique publication put together by the exhibiting artists.

‘Angel Cake’ is a limited edition box set of seven fine art prints by West Dean Visual Arts students. Printed on Somerset Satin in an edition of twenty, every print is signed and numbered by the artists. A variety of processes have been used, including woodcut, aluminium etching, monotype and screenprint.

The sets are available to purchase for £70, with all proceeds going to support the students’ 2018 Summer Show at Espacio Gallery, London.

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Artist-in-Residence: Katie Schwab

West Dean College is pleased to welcome Katie Schwab as its new Artist-in-Residence. Selected as part of last autumn’s Open Call, Katie will be spending three-weeks based in the Visual Arts department, working in close proximity to full-time students. Over the next few weeks Katie will give a talk about her practice and ongoing residency project to staff, students and alumni, as well as conducting one-to-one tutorials. Continue reading

One-day Symposium at West Dean College

One-day symposium at West Dean College

Friday 26 January 2018, 11am-6pm

Reflecting the resurgence of craft and skills-based making in art over the past decade, this one-day symposium explores common ground between contemporary art and studio ceramics. Emphasising the commonalities between artist and craftsperson, the event focuses on practical, theoretical, and professional aspects of working with clay, embodied in its malleability and resistance – its plasticity.

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