Press Release: Workshops and winning student installations announced for West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 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.
The works will be displayed during the festival in West Dean House, home to the College, alongside work from the Collection by Pavel Tchelitchew and Leonor Fini, and in the grounds.
"The quality, breadth and inventiveness of proposals from our Graduate Diploma and MFA students brings West Dean's surrealist heritage alive for today's visitors in what is one of the UK's most unique arts destinations." Francine Norris, Director of Education.