Artist-in-Residence – Christine Mills

“People have always communicated through music, with the help of materials and life on the land – such as the miles of dead cows guts that string a harp, the tails of horses that help create the voices of our orchestras. Boundaries have been pushed and skills developed in the manufacture of instruments that not only create sounds that express our inner feelings, or communicate our concerns about nature, but visually celebrate the land with the instruments themselves.” Continue reading

Visiting Artist: Yelena Popova

Earlier this week the Visual Arts department at West Dean College was pleased to welcome visiting artist Yelena Popova, who delivered a talk on her practice and conducted one-to-one tutorials with full-time students. Born in Russia and currently based in Nottingham, Yelena initially studied set design before undertaking an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. Working across a variety of media, Yelena’s work incorporates painting, installation and video in order to engage with ideas of space and time, using the materiality of painting as a vehicle to explore broader concerns about cultural production and display. Continue reading

Two Evening Events in April

Evening Lecture: Artist and Weavers at West Dean Tapestry Studio
Thursday 19 April, 5:30-7pm. The Old Library, West Dean College. Free*
West Dean Tapestry Studio has an international reputation for working with leading contemporary arts practitioners. Known for its strong interpretive skills and artistic vision, the studio has an outstanding portfolio including  major commissions from John Piper, Tracey Emin, Martin Creed and Henry Moore. Current Master Weaver, Philip Sanderson, will talk about how the Tapestry Studio works with artists to translate their imagery into the medium of tapestry. Continue reading

Artist-in-Residence – Emma Viggiano

Later this summer, West Dean College will be excited to welcome the Mexican photographer Emma Viggiano Gutierrez as part of its Artist-in-Residence programme. As a lifelong resident of the town of Xilitla, in the state of San Luis Potosí, México, Emma’s first visit to the College signals another link between the town and the Edward James Foundation – both synonymous with the creative activities associated with the College’s founder. Continue reading

Aubusson Placement at West Dean Tapestry Studio

Margaret Rawlinson is currently studying at the Lycée Professionnel Jean Jaures in Aubusson, France on the CAP Art du tapis et de la tapisserie de lisse formation. The course, which has 10 students, is designed to develop an individual’s skill in tapestry weaving and to prepare them for potential employment in a professional tapestry workshop. As part of the professional practice element of the course, Margaret was required to find a placement in a working tapestry studio. Margaret contacted West Dean to see if it was possible to spend a month working within the professional studio on a project of her own. This provided an excellent opportunity for everyone to share knowledge and ideas, as well as learning about the techniques and practices employed by different studios. Continue reading