Curators visit the Summer Show

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

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