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Outdoor events 2014

West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta
The grounds of West Dean Gardens
Make a date to come to West Dean’s
Chilli Fiesta, 8 -10 August
Our annual weekend dedicated to all things hot
and spicy. Come for the day or stay
for the whole weekend and camp in
the beautiful grounds of the West Dean
Estate. In between sampling chillies, you
can watch food demonstrations, enjoy
delicious delights from the many food
stalls, and party into the night to live
music across two stages. With over
140 stalls, many of them new for 2014,
there will be quirky gifts on offer as
well as chilli foods, chilli plants, seeds
and produce. Bring the family, and make
the most of a special children’s area with
vintage fun fair rides, Punch and Judy,
and face painting.

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House Opening
6 - 7 September
Step inside West Dean House for our annual House Opening.

Grow! Cook! Eat!
4 -5 October
Is a celebration of the best of the British Harvest.

Half Term Halloween Activities - more information coming soon
27 - 31 October

Recitals of Music for Violin and Piano

Recital of Music for Violin and Piano
The Old Library,
West Dean College
Recital with Roy Stratford (piano)
and Oliver Nelson (violin)
Saturday 27 September 8pm £10
Bach and Brahms

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Recital with Roy Stratford (piano) and Oliver Nelson (violin)
Sonatas by two great Russian composers, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
Saturday, January 24, 8pm
£10 EC5322
The Old Library, West Dean College
Capacity: 20

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Garden talks - The Auditorium, West Dean Gardens



The New English Garden NEW
Tim Richardson gives a talk on
contemporary and innovative British
garden style, with an emphasis on planting
design, taking inspiration from his book,
The New English Garden. As well as writing
regular columns for the Daily Telegraph,
Tim works as a garden advisor to the
National Trust and teaches landscape
art at Vienna University.
TIM RICHARDSON
Saturday 26 October Afternoon talk
2pm–3.30pm £25 GT4908

Food Tasting



British cheeses – train your tastebuds
The Gardens Restaurant,
West Dean Gardens
With the emphasis on locally sourced
cheeses, ex-deli owner and cheese
enthusiast, Rosemary Moon, guides you
through the soft and the mild, the fresh
and the cured, the pressed and the
mould-ripened stars of the UK cheese
world. A fun and tasty evening for all
cheese lovers.
ROSEMARY MOON
Thursday 18 September
7.30pm–9pm £15
ET3075

Art Talks

The A-Z of surviving as an artist
Annabel and Rosalind discuss leaving art school and surviving, as well as the ins and outs of residencies, galleries, exhibitions, collectors, curating, teaching, tweeting, funding, marketing, portfolio careers and balancing it all! Anecdotal, practical and philosophical this talk is packed with information pertinent to all artists at any stage in their careers looking for a new burst of energy or a head start in understanding how to create networks, raise profiles and get their work seen.
Tuesday 7 April 2015
4–6pm
£15 ET5317
Oak Hall, West Dean College

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Articulating your practice: writing and talking about your work
How you reflect your practice visually and verbally to the world is very important for artists; from your website, through writing and talking about your work, through to your business card and what that says about you. This talk explores the tricky subject of articulating your practice – an essential part of your art career.
Wednesday 8 April 2015
4–6pm
£15 ET5318
Oak Hall, West Dean College

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Bringing your work to the attention of others: exhibitions, residencies and proposals
Practical tips and comprehensive advice about applying for and writing residency and exhibition proposals, Annabel and Rosalind discuss the elements of writing and surviving an ACE application as well as giving concrete examples. They also cover curating and DIY exhibitions, how to create successful open studios, build relationships, raise your profile and approach galleries.
Thursday 9 April 2015
4–6pm
£15 ET5319
Oak Hall, West Dean College

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Be smart about Art: The dos and don'ts of attaining gallery representation and collaborations
Have you approached galleries but not had any success?
Do you find it difficult to get art dealers to attend your exhibitions?
Are you aware of what you can do to help yourself be immensely more representable?
Would you like to know the top 3 ways to get representation?
Are you seeking new partnerships with galleries?
If you have answered “yes” to any of the above, this workshop is for you.
SUSAN MUMFORD will outline the basics of what to do – and NOT do – to succeed in attaining representation (by an art dealer, gallerist or consultant). The content will also be relevant for artists exploring non-exclusive collaborations with galleries and other arts professionals.
Susan Mumford
Thursday 16 October 2014
4-6pm
£15 ET5340
Oak Hall, West Dean College

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Concerts 2014 held in the Old Library, West Dean College


ChamberStudio Mentorship Ensembles:
Ruisi Quartet Haydn String Quartet op 20 no 6
Bernadel Quartet Schubert Quartettsatz
Shostakovich String Quartet no 11
The Busch Ensemble Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor

ChamberStudio provides coaching and
support to professional chamber groups
early in their careers, primarily at Kings
Place in London. This concert showcases
its 13/14 Mentorship groups and is
the culmination of a three day study
residence at West Dean College.
Wednesday 2 July 8pm £8
QT3602
Concert presented in association with
ChamberStudio www.chamberstudio.org

The Busch Ensemble Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor. A summer evening of chamber music performed by three of the finest new generation of UK chamber ensembles. This concert concludes a year-long Mentorship programme based at Kings Place in London for three young professional groups who have been working intensively with some of the world's finest chamber musicians, such as Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet), Susan Tomes (Florestan Trio), Paul Watkins (Nash Ensemble), Levon Chilingirian (Chilingirian Quartet) and David Waterman (Endellion Quartet).

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Chilingirian Quartet




The Chilingirian Quartet in Concert


– Schubert Quartettsatz in C Minor
– Beethoven Op59 No3
– Schubert G Major
Tuesday 22 July 8pm £15
QT4922

Public Masterclass with the
Chilingirian Quartet
Wednesday 23 July
2pm £8 (including interval tea)
QT4923


The Chilingirian Quartet in Concert
– Beethoven Op59 No2
– Schubert ‘Death and the Maiden’
Thursday 24 July 8pm £15
QT4924

Students’ ‘Showcase’ Concert
Friday 25 July 8pm £6
QT4925

Students’ Informal Concert
Saturday 26 July 2pm £6 (including tea)
QT4926

Recital of music for violin and piano
The Old Library,
West Dean College
Recital with Roy Stratford (piano)
and Oliver Nelson (violin)
Saturday 27 September 8pm £10
Bach and Brahms EC4932

International Guitar Festival



INTERNATIONAL GUITAR
FESTIVAL OPEN DAY,
MASTERCLASSES & CONCERTS
West Dean College and
St Andrew’s Church, West Dean
Sponsored by Classical Guitar Magazine
and D’Addario

Concert by Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Saturday 16 August 8pm £15
GC4927

Concert by Antigoni Goni
Monday 18 August 8pm £12
GC4928

Concert by Craig Ogden
Tuesday 19 August 8pm £12
GC4929

Concert by Primavera Chamber
Ensemble with guest artist Cobie Smit
Wednesday 20 August 8pm £12
GC4930

Guitar Open Day
Including exhibitions of music and
instruments, a guitar makers’ showcase,
classes with the Los Angeles Guitar
Quartet and a lecture by Cecilia Rodrigo.
Sunday 17 August 11.30am–7pm £10
GC4931


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