Student interventions at West Dean Arts & Craft Festival, 2-4 June

As part of the 2017 Art and Crafts Festival, full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College were invited to submit proposals for artworks to be displayed in the Historic House. Five works were selected to be on display during the event, the only occasion when the House is open to the public. The works include sculptures inspired by Edward James’ patronage of Leonora Carrington; his long-term friendship with George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein  (co-directors of the New York City Ballet); a plaque commemorating James’ vision of creation in the Old Dining Room in the 1930’s; a floating paper sculpture inspired by the work of René Magritte; and a kinetic sound installation exploring complex relationships between rhythm and chaos. Continue reading

Visit to Ford / Sabin Studio

In early May a number of full-time Visual Arts students and staff were invited to visit the local studio of renowned artists Laura Ford and Andrew Sabin, located in former farm buildings just a few miles from West Dean. It was fascinating to see how a vast barn had been transformed into a space not only for the production of new work (on a large scale, in a wide variety of materials) but also for the temporary exhibition of finished pieces and installations. Continue reading

Alumni News

West Dean College MFA graduate Lotti V Closs is having her debut solo exhibition at Castor Projects, London: In Plain Sight. The exhibition is runs from 26th May to 1st July, and is open Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. The Private View is Friday 26 May, 6-9pm. Continue reading

Florence Peake: CASS/West Dean Residency

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Florence Peake ‘The Keeners’, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and commissioned by SPACE.         Image credit Tim Bowditch.

14th May – 6th June 2017
Cass Sculpture Foundation and West Dean College
With thanks to Arts Council England.

West Dean College and Cass Sculpture Foundation are pleased to announce Florence Peake as the 2017 CASS artist-in-residence. This May, Peake will be resident at West Dean College for three weeks, making use of the incredible studio facilities, resources and technical expertise available at both the college and at CASS to create a new body of ceramic work inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s musical score The Rite of Spring. With the assistance of dancer Rosemary Lee, Florence Peake plans to choreograph a routine to be performed on a stage of raw clay. Through grabbing, pushing and pulling the clay, Rosemary will form violent eruptions on the surface to echo the dramatic score of The Rite of Spring. As a result, the surface of the clay will become an abstract documentation of this performance and a sculptural interpretation of Stravinsky’s composition. The clay stage will subsequently be divided into tiles to be fired in the wood-fired kiln at CASS. Continue reading

Visit to Amsterdam / Rotterdam

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

In March 2017 Visual Arts students, together with their peers in the School of Conservation, made a week-long visit to Amsterdam as part of a biannual extended study trip. Breaking the journey at Ghent, a number of students visited St Bavo’s Cathedral and the famous Van Eyck altarpiece, before traveling on to Amsterdam where we were based for most of the trip. Continue reading

Exhibition: Line and Form

Preview: Friday 28 April, 4-7pm
Open: Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May, 10am-5pm.
The Auditorium, Edward James Studios

Full-time Visual Arts students present an exhibition of works for sale. Prints, paintings, sculptures and ceramics by West Dean Students and Alumni will be sold to raise funds for the Summer Show at West Dean, and in London. The exhibition will showcase work from twelve students currently studying on the Graduate, Postgraduate and MFA programmes, providing an ideal opportunity to acquire works from emerging artists at affordable prices.

Free parking. Cash sales only (deposits taken). Sold works may be removed on purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Sarah Cliff, MFA ‘Dolls’ 2017
Merna Liddawi, MFA Interim Show 2016 (not for sale)
Deborah Ravetz, MFA 2017 (not for sale)

Heallreaf 2 – Tapestries on show in West Dean and London

William Jefferies

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