West Dean's Archivist, Simon Coleman, recently delivered an
evening lecture to introduce the cataloguing of the Edward James
Archive which is currently underway. The talk provided an
introduction to the Cultural Papers and highlighted material found
in both these papers and in other sections of the Edward James
Following an Open Call in 2016, Eva Rothschild was selected to
work with the Master Weavers at West Dean Tapestry Studio to create
a new hand-woven tapestry. The resulting work, The Fallowfield,
extends the artist's exploration of the meeting points between
spirituality, power, visual perception and materiality.
The correspondence between Edward James and Ivan Hicks reveals a
private, intimate side of James and offers a glimpse at the
formative years of Hicks, now considered one of the UK's leading
garden designers and landscape artists.
On May 15th 2018 West Dean College will host a special event
with author Ami Bouhassane to celebrate the publication of Lee
Miller: a Life with Food, Friends, and Recipes as part of the
College's series of Author Talks, co-ordinated by the Creative
Writing department. Programme Leader and author, Martine McDonagh
interviewed Ami for International Women's Day 2018.
As part of International Women's Day 2018, West Dean College is
profiling the lives and work of seven women, past and present. We
will be celebrating women who have contributed to the cultural
heritage of the College as well as those working now who continue
to build on the legacy of conservation and the arts for which West
Dean is internationally known.
The cataloguing of Edward James's unique personal archive has
recently begun. The focus of this project will be the Cultural
Papers, a diverse and illuminating body of material with content
ranging over many areas of the creative arts including visual art,
literature, music and ballet.
A Postcard to West Dean is a hand-woven tapestry made
at the West Dean Tapestry Studio in 1986. Now a main feature of the
College's Dining Hall, the piece was commissioned to commemorate
Edward James's death and acknowledge his support and ambition for
West Dean College.
The Solar Time Clock is attracting international media and
sector attention and is a unique, super complex mechanical clock
which can be set for longitude and latitude. No other mechanical
clock has ever been made with such a complication. George talks
about his path to becoming an independent clockmaker.
West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the
support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver
world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and
maintain our award-winning gardens.