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
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
West Dean Tapestry Studio is pleased to announce the only open call tapestry commission in the UK for 2016. Deadline 1st September.
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
Over the last few weeks, full-time Visual Arts students have had access to a variety of material- and technique-based workshops and seminar sessions. These have ranged from spending a few days metalworking in the college’s blacksmithing forge (marshalled by West Dean stalwart Andrew Smith); discussing the processes of translation involved in the professional Tapestry Studio’s projects with artists and designers (with Philip Sanderson showing cartoons used for the studio’s inaugural Henry Moore commission and a more recent project with Tracey Emin); a monoprinting session with Marcus Rees Roberts; a workshop on natural dyes with Penny Walsh (in which various materials and objects – wood, stone, tapestry, gesso panels, handmade papers – were dyed and over-dyed). A selection of photographs from the various sessions are below: Continue reading
Philip Sanderson, Visual Arts Associate Tutor and Master Weaver of West Dean Tapestry Studio, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Cordis Trust Prize for Tapestry 2016. The aim of the prize is to reward ambitious and skilled use of traditional tapestry weaving techniques. Continue reading