Press Release: Save the dates - West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to hold Fine Art Summer Shows in Sussex and London

The hugely-popular West Dean Fine Art Summer Show will be open to the public at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (near Chichester, West Sussex) from Saturday, July 3 to Friday, July 9, 2021 from 10am – 5pm.

The exhibition will then travel to London’s Copeland Gallery (SE15) from Friday, July 16 to Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 1-7pm, with a public preview on Thursday 15, between 6-9pm.  

The West Dean Summer Show 2021 will showcase original work by emerging artists studying for their Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and MFA degrees. The free exhibition, held in the College's Edward James Studios, will display a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, video, ceramics, and textiles. 

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Cathy Griffiths, MFA 2021. Image credit Chris Ison
Cathy Griffiths, MFA 2021. Image credit Chris Ison
Philippa Clarke, MFA. Quotidian - Trig Point (2021)
Philippa Clarke, MFA. Quotidian - Trig Point (2021)
Janet Dorey, Untitled (detail) (2021)
Janet Dorey, Untitled (detail) (2021)

Ruth Heaton, Student, MFA commented: “The Summer show provides myself, and fellow students the opportunity to exhibit a body of work that has been created and developed over the last 12 months, and it supports an essential part of my professional practice development to engage in the planning and installation of the work. It is also a great opportunity for my work to be seen by others, and to engage and network with the local community, fellow students and staff as part of this.” 

Website: https://www.westdean.org.uk/events/fine-art-summer-show-2021 
Instagram: @westdeanfineart 

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is renowned for its Fine Art programmes, with graduates going on to exhibit internationally. The department’s ethos of encouraging diverse interdisciplinary practice, together with its support of specialist subjects, attracts students interested in radical approaches to art and those with a strong emphasis on studio practice and making. Large studios, excellent facilities, and an outstanding student/staff ratio ensure students are supported to challenge themselves and push the boundaries of contemporary fine art practice.  

Upcoming Artists-In-Residence at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation:
4-11 July: Claire Ratinon and Sam Ayre, Gardens Residency 
6-12 September: Sherie Sitauze, Artist's Residency in collaboration with Outside In  
11-22 October - Viviana Rossi-Caffell, Maker-in-Residence   

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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