Chilli Fiesta

Press Release: The Hottest Talent at West Dean's Award Winning Chilli Fiesta

Posted on 13th July 2018

There will be over 30 dance and music acts performing at the Chilli Fiesta. World Champion dancers, and stars of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, Neil and Katya Jones will make their Chilli Fiesta debut. Katya was the winning professional in this year's Strictly Come Dancing! Immersive entertainment from local vintage queen, Dawn Gracie, will transport you back to the 50s and 60s. Whilst festival favourites, The Fontanas, bring their trademark funky Brazilian and afro Latin vibes to the festival.

  • Visual Arts

    Press Release: Angel Cake West Dean College of Arts & Conservation Visual Arts Summer Shows 2018

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    The West Dean Summer Show 2018 'Angel Cake' showcases original work by emerging artists studying for their Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate MFA qualifications. The free exhibitions, held at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and then in London, display a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles.

  • Visual Arts

    Press Release: West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Tamara Henderson as Artist-in-Residence

    Posted on 14th May 2018

    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Tamara Henderson as Artist-in-Residence in collaboration with Cass Sculpture Foundation. The project will support a new series of ceramic work by artist Tamara Henderson. Beginning with hypnosis, Henderson will uncover unconscious images that will inform the making of the work, a process aligned to artistic methodologies that are part of the legacy of West Dean.

  • Chilli Fiesta

    Press Release: Chilli Fiesta Save the date 10-12 August 2018

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    The UK's biggest chilli festival returns for its 23rd year. Enjoy the creative vibe of award-winning Chilli Fiesta; dance to live Latin music, watch expert cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods 'til your tongue sizzles. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp on-site with quality camping facilities in the grounds of West Dean Estate, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The Estate is home to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and the glorious West Dean Gardens.

  • Arts and Craft Festival

    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.

  • Short Courses

    Press release: Building Conservation Specialist Appointed Subject Leader at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

    Posted on 2nd March 2018

    Catherine Woolfitt ACR MCIfA MA Classics MA Art Conservation has been appointed the new Subject Leader Historic Building Conservation and Repair at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. She has worked on high profile and challenging projects in the conservation of built heritage for 25 years, in the UK and overseas, also lecturing for the past twenty years.

  • Visual Arts

    Student Press Release: LINE AND FORM 2018

    Posted on 28th February 2018

    Full time Visual Arts students, and alumni from West Dean College present an exhibition of works for sale to raise funds for a catalogue for the Summer Show 2018 at West Dean and at the Espacio Gallery in London, providing an exciting opportunity to acquire drawings, paintings, prints and ceramics from emerging and recently established artists at affordable prices.

  • Arts and Craft Festival

    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.

  • Short Courses

    Press Release: Unlocking Your Potential in 2018

    Posted on 16th January 2018

    100+ New Short Courses announced by West Dean College of Arts & Conservation

    'Explore the changing colours, textures and shapes as Spring turns into Summer and the longer, lighter days allow more time for creativity' Alison Baxter, Head of School of Arts

    Basket making to botanical drawing, photography to furniture making, the 400 (including 109 new) Spring/Summer 2018 Short Courses just released by West Dean College of Arts & Conservation have something for anyone with a desire to unlock their creative potential this year. In the beautiful surroundings of the West Sussex countryside, everybody, from complete beginner to seasoned practitioner, can learn to create, craft and grow under the tuition of expert professionals in their fields.

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