Enriching the creative learning environment of the College, the Artist-in-Residence programme sees a series of professional artists living and working onsite, amongst Visual Arts students. They offer tutorial sessions with students as well as public presentations on the work produced during the residency and their wider practice.
Previous Artists-in-Residence include the celebrated artist Florence Peake, who spent three-weeks in the Edward James Studios as part of a series of residencies organised in collaboration with Cass Sculpture Foundation. Christine Mills' residency project Tinkering with Strings was supported by Arts Council Wales and involved her making several visits to the Visual Arts studios and the renowned Making of Musical Instrument programmes. Yelena Popova is a Russian artist based in the UK, her ceramics based residency in 2017 focused on developing natural glazes using a variety of materials sourced from the West Dean Estate and local area.
Artist in residence, leading sculptor Eva Rothschild, is collaborating with our tutor and master weaver Phil Sanderson at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Find out more
Image: Work in progress by Florence Peake CASS Sculpture Foundation/West Dean College Artist-in-Residence 2017. From her body of work inspired by Igor Stravinsky's musical score The Rite of Spring. Supported by Arts Council England.
Gabriele Beveridge has just completed her artist-in-residence here and has shared images from some of her recent explorations. The darkroom and Tapestry Studio featured during her stay along with ceramics work. Her darkroom images were inspired by both the landscape and her tapestry induction. For Gabriele the residency at West Dean offered an opportunity to study in a unique environment, suffused with the rich history of the Surrealist movement. Her work explores the "peculiar pleasures" and frustrations of contemporary life within a commodity driven world. See more of Gabriela's work here