Recent Artist-in-Residence, Christine Mills, whose Tinkering with Strings project saw her developing new work in response to time spent in the workshops of the Making of Stringed Musical Instruments department at West Dean College, is currently exhibiting the latest phase of the research-driven work in New York City. Continue reading →
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 →
A work by recently graduated MA student Laura Luna Castillo at the West Dean College Summer Show, held in July 2017 at London’s Espacio Gallery, is featured as a highlight in the September / October edition of Crafts magazine (Issue 268). Continue reading →
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.
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 →