For the first time in their history, the Fine Art programmes at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation are hosting their annual Summer Show exhibition online, with a new website dedicated to the graduating class of 2020. Visit Westdeanfineart.show.
The site features pages dedicated to each student, showcasing their work in a diverse range of media – including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography, and video – as well as projects made in response to the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown. It also includes documentation of the academic year as a whole, such as background research, images of work in progress, and selected essays. Contact information will allow the public to reach out to graduates for commissions, exhibitions, professional opportunities, and more.
As well as creating the website as a platform to showcase graduating students, the College is committed to hosting a physical exhibition at London’s Copeland Gallery in January 2021, accompanied by a limited-edition publication dedicated to the students’ work. The website will remain up until the London exhibition closes.
Follow daily updates from the Fine Art programmes on Instagram @westdeanfineart
Banner photo: Ruth Glasheen, MFA. Photo: ©Chris Ison
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is renowned for its Fine Art programmes, with graduates going on to practice and 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. Exceptionally large studios, excellent facilities, and an outstanding student-to-staff ratio ensure students are supported to challenge themselves and push the boundaries of contemporary Fine Art practice. The Graduate Diploma and MFA programmes are further supported by a series of Artists-in-Residence, regular Visiting Artists and Tutors, and a campus that features a Historic House, Collection and Archive, and a wider Estate of 6,000 acres within the South Downs National Park.