The Visual Arts department at West Dean College stages and hosts various events throughout the year. Our annual Summer Shows are an opportunity to see a group exhibition of the work of students across all disciplines. There is also an annual fundraising exhibition in the Spring, Open Days, and a number of public lectures throughout the year.

Critical Paths: West Dean Summer Show 2017
Preview: Friday 30 June, 4-7pm
Open: Saturday 1 July – Friday 7 July, 10am-5pm
Edward James Studios
(Please use West Dean Gardens entrance)

Critical Paths: Espacio Gallery, London
Late opening: Thursday 13 July, 6-9pm
Open: Wednesday 12 July – Saturday  15 July, 1-7pm
Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG

Critical Paths will showcase the work of twelve students graduating from the full-time Visual Arts programmes at West Dean College, including the Graduate and Postgraduate Diploma, and the MFA. Exhibiting students will present work developed over a year of intensive study, providing visitors with the opportunity to view original pieces from a group of newly emerging artists.

This event is free and open to the public.

Forthcoming Artist’s Talks:

All talks are free and open to the public but booking is essential. Please contact David Stent to book:

Becky Beasley Artist’s Talk
Wednesday 10 May 2017
The Old Library

British artist Becky Beasley explores relationships between photography and objects, the body and interiority in a way that is highly subjective and yet developed through deep immersion in the thoughts and methods of other artists and writers. Literature is particularly generative for the artist, providing her own work with a place to start from and to journey into.
Beasley graduated with an MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2002. Recent solo exhibitions include The Outside at Tate Britain (2012) and Spring Rain at Spike Island Bristol and Leeds Art Gallery (2013). Group exhibitions include The Narrators: Works from the Arts Council Collection, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2013); Think Twice, Whitechapel Gallery (2013); The Imaginary Museum, Kunstverein Munich (2012).

This talk is free and open to the public but booking is essential. Please contact David Stent to book:

Lothar Götz Artist’s Talk
Wednesday 24 May
The King’s Room

Lothar Götz’s practice ranges from site-specific wall paintings and room-sized installations to paintings and drawings. Common to each is Götz’s engagement with architectural space and his characteristic use of abstract geometric forms, colour fields, and an intense use of line. Götz’s large–scale wall drawings are dialogues with given environments, which have included foyers, reading rooms, offices and staircases.  The patterns that Götz develops are intuitive, balanced, and sharply defined, presenting an exuberant and joyful show of colour.
Götz completed an MA at the Royal College of Art after studying in Germany at Aachen, Düsseldorf and Wuppertal. He is represented by Domobaal in London and Petra Rinck Gallery in Düsseldorf.  His solo exhibitions include Domobaal, London, 2016; Petra Rinck Gallery, Düsseldorf, 2009; Rahncontemporary, Zürich, 2008. Group shows include the Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures, Bloomberg SPACE, 2005; David Risley Gallery, London, 2007; and MIMA, Middlesbrough, 2007.

This talk is free and open to the public but booking is essential. Please contact David Stent to book:

The Swan and The Elephant
A new lecture by Antony Penrose in collaboration with the West Dean College Archives.
Wednesday 21 June 2017
The Old Library

Roland Penrose and Edward James made an unlikely collaboration but were united by their love of Surrealism and its commitment to peace, freedom and justice. Among the friends they shared were Picasso, Magritte, Dalí and Man Ray. James strongly supported Penrose when he toured Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ in Britain and they both made outstanding contributions to the arts in Britain. New material from the West Dean Archive informs this story of their collaboration that lives on in the legacy of James at West Dean College and in Penrose’s Elephant Trust.

This talk is free and open to the public but booking is essential. Please register online.