Florence Peake’s RITE is a layered reinterpretation of a monument in Modernism’s history: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, composed in 1913 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, the original performance is notorious for the riot it provoked on the first night, when theatregoers apoplectic with anger had to be forcibly removed. Peake’s take, though, has little to do with those mythological beginnings. Instead, it taps into The Rite of Spring’s vital force, lending it a renewed sense of urgency. Continue reading
It was with great sadness that West Dean College heard about the recent death of the celebrated artist, writer and educator, Edward Allington. He was a long-standing friend, supporter and inspiration for the College, particularly its Visual Arts programmes, for which he was External Examiner between 2008 and 2013. Our condolences are with his family. A brief tribute to Edward’s life and work can be found in the latest edition of Freize, a magazine to which he was a regular contributor.
Yelena Popova recently returned to West Dean College’s Visual Arts studios to complete her residency, the first phase of which began in February 2017. During the remaining two weeks of her project, Yelena continued to experiment with ongoing work in ceramics, including making glazes with locally sourced materials. This intense period of making resulted in a number of new works, giving Yelena the opportunity to make use of some of the College’s Raku firings. This traditional Japanese method results in unpredictable textures and surface effects in the fired clay, which expanded Yelena’s experience and understanding of the possibilities of different material combinations and firing techniques. Continue reading
A number of West Dean College’s Visual Arts alumni are involved in an exhibition at Candida Stevens Gallery in Chichester. Good Nature, which runs from 16 September to 28 October (Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5pm) includes 31 Contemporary British Artists, each making one piece of work in response to the gallery’s chosen theme: a celebration of the beauty and fragility of the planet and the essential part we all play in preserving it.