Press Release: Postal - West Dean College's Fine Art students to host online fundraising exhibition

Fine Art students at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation near Chichester, West Sussex will be presenting an online exhibition of their work titled Postal https://westdeanfineart.show/postal.

The ten-day fundraiser will take place from midday on Thursday, May 13 to midday on Sunday, May 23 2021. All works will be available for £50 or under, will be sent out through the post, and will showcase the range of materials and techniques available to students at West Dean College, from drawing, painting, printmaking, tapestry, textiles, photography and more.

As Dr David Stent, Fine Art Subject Leader explains: “Postal provides an exciting opportunity to acquire original work by early career artists at affordable prices. The money raised from the exhibition of will go towards the Fine Art Summer Show in London’s Copeland Gallery in July 2021. This is the first time that West Dean students have presented a time-limited online exhibition. It is another example of contemporary artists looking to find new and innovative ways to show and sell their work, looking beyond the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic to reach wider, international audiences.”

He continues: “The exhibition will showcase work from students currently studying on Graduate Diploma and MFA programmes, as well as works from West Dean’s esteemed Alumni and associate staff.”

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has an international reputation for excellence and is a full partner of the University of Sussex. Students benefit from access to visiting artists, makers and writers as part of the year-long Artists-in-Residence programme, as well as exhibition opportunities and the chance to view or work with material from the College’s Collection and Archive. For Fine Art, Craft and Conservation study opportunities see www.westdean.ac.uk.

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Notes to Editors:

  • West Dean College of Arts and Conservation was founded in 1971 by the poet and Surrealist patron, Edward James, recognised by BBC Arts as the ‘the greatest patron of art of the early 20th century’.
  • The College is part of The Edward James Foundation (Charity No. 1126084), also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studio.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.


For all media enquiries please contact Rachel Aked:
Email: rachel.aked@westdean.org.uk
Telephone: 07790 732448

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ

© Janet Dorey, 2020
© Janet Dorey, 2020
MFA student Ruth Heaton in the Edward James Studios at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. © Chris Ison
MFA student Ruth Heaton in the Edward James Studios at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. © Chris Ison

Meet the students - School of Arts Q&A

Join West Dean students studying Fine Art, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and Diploma in Arts Contemporary Crafts courses in a free online Q&A on Wednesday 19 May 2021, 10-10.30am. Find out about the teaching and student life. Book your place here.