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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Alumni News: Mdina Biennale 2017-2018

Recent West Dean College MFA graduate, Merna Liddawi, is currently taking part in the APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale on the island of Malta. The group exhibition, ‘The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualities’, runs until 7th January 2018. Another West Dean alumnus, a graduate from the Conservation of Books and Library Materials programme, Simon Sultana Harkins (Malta), co-curated the space and was fully involved in setting up the exhibition. Continue reading