The College residency programme provides professional artists, writers, and makers the opportunity to work onsite for a period of one to three weeks. The resident artists engage with students studying at the College, providing tutorial support, leading workshops, and giving presentations on their practice.
Partnership residencies include collaborative projects with Cass Sculpture Foundation and the De La Warr Pavilion. These provide West Dean students with outstanding professional practice opportunities, including group tutorials with curators, involvement with the fabrication of work, and invitations to exhibition previews.
Co-ordinated alongside the full-time Fine Art programmes, the residency is designed to support contemporary practitioners in developing research projects and studio-based practices. Recent resident artists have included Gabriele Beveridge, Caroline Achaintre, Katie Schwab, Ross Taylor, and Tamara Henderson. The College runs an annual joint residency in partnership with Cass Sculpture Foundation and has recently collaborated with the De La Warr Pavilion to provide one artist with a residency and exhibition mark the centenary of the Bauhaus in 2019. Watch a video with Renee So, artist-in-residence for the Bauhuas collaboration, filmed by De La Warr Pavilion here.
The resident artists engage with students studying Fine Art at the College, from Graduate Diploma to MFA. This includes an artist's talk, tutorials and/or a seminar, workshop or group critique. The amount of time expected to be allocated to these activities is equivalent to two full days.
The resident writers engage with students studying on the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing. This includes an artist's talk, tutorials and/or a seminar, workshop or group critique. The amount of time expected to be allocated to these activities during a three-week residency is equivalent to two full days.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation runs an annual week-long residency in partnership with Myriad Publishing as part of the First Drafts Competition.
Resident makers engage with students studying Historic Craft Practices (Musical Instruments, Metalwork, Furniture, and Clocks) and the Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts. This includes an artist's talk, tutorials and/or a seminar, workshop or group critique. The amount of time expected to be allocated to these activities is equivalent to two full days.
Residents from all creative disciplines engage with students on the Summer School short courses, delivering an artist's talk and running workshops. The amount of time expected to be allocated to these activities is equivalent to two full days.
In 2018, Racheal Potter was awarded the inaugural Summer Show residency (see Gallery).
In addition to supported residencies, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation offers self-funded residencies for writers, curators, artists, and creative industry professionals.
The self-funded residency is designed to enable creative individuals to spend time at West Dean in order to develop research projects or support their completion. Self-funded residents are accommodated in our dedicated residency accommodation that includes a private work space.
To find out more, please contact Sarah Hughes (Curatorial Assistant): email@example.com
"Spending time at West Dean was fantastic; in relaxing surroundings, it provided me with the space and resources to think through ideas in a supported environment, specifically to develop the conceptual underpinning for a new exhibition Still I Rise: feminisms, gender, resistance."
Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions, De La Warr Pavilion (Self-funded residency)
About the Outside In residency
Please note the deadline for submissions for this opportunity has now passed.
Outside In is working in partnership with the College to provide a residency opportunity for Outside In artists.
The selected artist will be invited to respond to the College’s Historic House, Collection and Archive as part of Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection, a project that questions the College’s colonial ties and asks how broader social and cultural engagement can help institutional ambitions and change.
The weeklong residency is an opportunity for an artist who is interested in the themes of this project and would like to spend time at the College making new artwork in response to them. Artists can work in any medium including, but not limited to textiles, sculptures, painting, drawing, film, installation, writing and music.
The selected artist will receive £500 for taking part in the residency.Find out more