Following your dreams

This weekend Sarka Darton, Visual Arts student at West Dean College, is exhibiting at ARTROOMS 2015 (23-26 January MeliĆ  White House Hotel, London) an innovative concept of art exhibition in the unique setting of a luxury hotel. Sarka has created a room called 197 ways to be a Venus a reference to the Dream of Venus pavilion designed by Salvador Dali for the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

Dali's creation was supported, both financially and creatively, by Edward James, lifelong patron of the Surrealists and founder of West Dean College. As James' former home, the College holds numerous unique artworks, artefacts and papers, providing inspiration for its students of art, craft and conservation.

Sarka has held a number of solo and joint exhibitions in the UK and abroad. Several of her works are held in private and corporate collections across the world, and a number of pieces have been recently shown in Pallant House Gallery, The Royal College of Art and La Galleria, Pall Mall Gallery, London.

Sarka first studied at West Dean on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD) and is now in her second year of the Master of Fine Arts at the College.

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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

"My aim in coming to the College was to broaden my qualifications, learn new skills and expand my professional practice by building new contacts and relationships and I chose West Dean because of its uniqueness and outstanding reputation," says Sarka. "The inspiring setting and generous space means I am able to really focus on my studies and professional practice."

The FDAD programme offers the opportunity to develop a portfolio of art and design skills and can be a life changing experience. Under the guidance and instruction of highly qualified specialist tutors, students develop a rich and varied portfolio of work, ensure that their portfolio reflects their areas of interest and talents, and focus on future career aspirations.