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Press Release: Workshops and winning student installations announced for West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2018

Posted on 23rd April 2018

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has announced the winners of a competition to create installations for its Arts and Craft Festival this June. Fine Arts students were invited to submit proposals for artworks inspired by West Dean's Collection and Archive, which preserves the legacy of College founder Edward James: 'the greatest patron of art of the early 20th century' (BBC Arts Online, April 2017). The four works include sculpture inspired by the creation of the Edward James Archive, a performance piece informed by James' involvement with Les Ballets 1933, a textile based on the clenched fist motif of the James Press, and a large-scale work that references West Dean's famous Footprint Carpet.

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    Press Release: Save the date West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2018

    Posted on 29th January 2018

    After the success of last year's Arts and Craft Festival, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is delighted to announce the 2018 Festival will run from 1-3 June.

    The College will open its gates to over 5,000 visitors and 200 artists, printmakers, craftspeople and writers for the UK's definitive arts and craft festival. As well as giving the opportunity to buy exquisite hand-made crafts, the festival offers exciting live demonstrations and performances, and hands-on workshops and tours, including of the award-winning Gardens. Visitors can discover the secrets of West Dean House with its intriguing arts heritage, and view exciting new art installations by students inspired by the Collection and Archive.

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    Press Release: West Dean Arts and Craft Festival

    Posted on 31st May 2017

    2017 West Dean Arts and Craft Festival brings together 200+ artists, makers, writers and performers for the UK's definitive arts and craft festival. Taking place at West Dean College, the former home and gardens of Edward James, poet, Surrealist and arts patron, the festival will deliver a wide range of dynamic workshops, drop-in creative sessions as well as exciting live demonstration, performances and installations.