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  • Dr. David Stent: Salvador Dalí, Edward James and the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition

    Talk

    This illustrated talk explores the significance of a unique discovery in the Edward James Archive at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation - a transcript of the infamous 'diving suit' lecture given by Salvador Dalí at the International Surrealist Exhibition in London in 1936.

    Image: Promotional material for the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition. Image courtesy of West Dean College, part of The Edward James Foundation. All rights reserved.

    Date
    Wednesday 5 December, 6-7pm,
    Location
    The Old Library, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
    Price
    Free
  • Student Open Day

    Event

    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation welcomes all prospective Degree and Diploma students to visit for an Open Day. Come and find out what makes West Dean College such an amazing place to study. Explore the studios, take a tour with students, discuss your study options and find out about funding.

    Please register your place before attending

    Date
    7 December 2018, 10am - 1pm
  • Allie Rogers - Author Talk

    Talk

    Writer-in-residence Allie Rogers will talk about how she approached research for her novel, Little Gold, a work of 'historical fiction' set in the 1980s. She will consider how writers can combine memory, oral history and more formal sources, and the challenges involved in setting 'historical fiction' within living memory.

    Date
    Tuesday 11 December, 5.30pm - 6.30pm
    Location
    The Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
    Price
    Free
  • Salon Imaginaire #3 – David Thomas Broughton and Hamilton Yarns

    Concert

    This Salon concert features performances by some of the most imaginative music makers working today. David Thomas Broughton is an English folk/avant-garde singer and guitarist, known for his love of improvisation. Hamilton Yarns was forged in 2002 by founding members Iain Paxon and Alistair Strachan. Since then, their music has been unfolding through collaboration with a rolling cast of idiosyncratic contributors.

    Date
    13 December 2018, 8-10pm
  • William Shaw - Author Talk

    Talk

    Writer-in-residence William Shaw will be talking about the strange relationship between research and invention in fiction. He'll be asking whether it's the fact that crime writing increasingly occupies a space between fact and fiction that makes it such a good lightening rod for society's very real anxieties, and whether this is the reason why it has become such a popular medium.

    Date
    Tuesday 8 January 2019, 5.30pm - 6.30pm
    Location
    The Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
    Price
    Free
  • Phil Minton’s Feral Choir: Workshop and Concert

    Workshop

    The Feral Choir is a vocal experience for those who sing, for those who do not sing and for those who will never sing. Led by the unique and extraordinary singer and improvisation musician Phil Minton, the feral choir is a vocal workshop, concluding with a live performance of improvised noise at Salon Imaginaire #4.

    Date
    31 January 2019
    Location
    The Old Library, Workshop 2-5pm, Concert 8-10pm
    Price
    £12.00 including dinner*
  • Student Open Day

    Event

    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation welcomes all prospective Degree and Diploma students to visit for an Open Day. Come and find out what makes West Dean College such an amazing place to study. Explore the studios, take a tour with students, discuss your study options and find out about funding.

    Date
    Saturday 9 February 2019, 10am - 1pm
  • West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019

    Festival

    Live arts and craft at the UK's most unique arts destination.

    Watch live craft demonstrations, buy quality arts and craft and get hands-on in creative workshops and drop-in sessions. Explore the historic state rooms in West Dean House and view installations from current students.

    Date
    31 May - 2 June 2019, 10am-5pm
  • Visual Arts Summer Show 2019

    Exhibition

    The West Dean Visual Arts Summer Show 2019 will showcase original work by emerging artists studying for their Graduate Diploma and MFA qualifications. The free exhibition, held in the College's Edward James Studios, will display a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles.

    Date
    6 – 12 July 2019, 10am - 5pm
    Location
    The Edward James Studios, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (use Gardens entrance)
    Price
    Free
  • Chilli Fiesta

    Festival

    The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 9 - 11 August 2019
    Join the party and dance to live Latin music, watch cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp onsite with great facilities.

    Book your early bird tickets for 2019 now

    Date
    9 - 11 August 2019
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