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

Heallreaf 2 – Tapestries on show in West Dean and London

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Two years ago, the inaugural Heallreaf exhibition (pronunciation guide: Hea is pronounced ‘hare’ and reaf as ‘reff’ – the full word sounding like ‘Hare-l-reff’) of contemporary woven tapestry took place at West Dean. The exhibition was organised by recently graduated Visual Arts student, Margaret Jones, and held in the Tapestry Workshop, now part of the Edward James Studios and host to the full-time Visual Arts programmes. Continue reading

Staff News: Shortlists and Exhibitions

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This week saw the announcement of artists shortlisted for the third Cordis Trust Prize for Tapestry, established by Visual Arts Scotland in collaboration with the Cordis Trust. A number of West Dean College staff members were present on the shortlist, which was drawn up by a prestigious panel of selectors with specialist knowledge of woven tapestry: Fiona Mathison and Susan Mowatt, along with Miranda Harvey of the Cordis Trust, Nicky Wilson, owner of Jupiter Artland, and VAS President Robbie Bushe. The presence of so many artists with direct links to the College affirms that West Dean – represented by the full-time Visual Arts programmes, the Short Course provision and the Tapestry Studio – remains at the forefront of tapestry-related practice. Continue reading

Current student and Alumni update

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Merna Liddawi (MFA Yr 1) – Visual Arts Summer Show 2016 [Photo: Chris Ison]
Current MFA student Merna Liddawi, who was recently runner-up in the Gemini Prize, is soon to exhibit her work in a group exhibition at Leyden Gallery in London, between October 12th and 22nd. Entitled ‘Platform for Emerging Art #12’ and curated by Adriana Cerne and Lindsay Moranthe, the mixed media exhibition showcases six artists in one of East London’s most vibrant art spaces. Merna will be exhibiting alongside Andy D’Cruz, Buffy Kimm, Grace Holliday, Isobel Church, and Martina van de Gey. Continue reading

Current student and Alumni news

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Merna Liddawi – Uncreated Light (2016) Gold leaf and gesso on board

Continuing MFA student, Merna Liddawi, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Gemini Prize and her work will be exhibited at Asia House Gallery in London between 23rd and 30th September 2016. The Gemini Prize is an independent competition to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists from Asia and across the world. Continue reading