Artist-in-Residence Open Call with the De La Warr Pavilion

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, De La Warr Pavilion and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announce a collaborative Open Call to provide an exceptional artist with the opportunity to undertake a residency at West Dean College leading to a solo exhibition in the De La Warr Pavilion's First Floor Gallery in Autumn 2019.

Applications have now closed and the winner will be announced shortly.

From its avant-garde, arts and crafts beginnings to its radical approach to uniting art, technology and everyday life, the Bauhaus is one of the most important, influential art schools of the twentieth century. It produced radical new experiments in pedagogy, performance, film, photography, architecture and design.

Applications are encouraged from artists with at least two years exhibiting experience and whose interests align with, or speak to, the Bauhaus (established or lesser known), its origins, methodologies, and how the Bauhaus may remain useful today.

The selected artist will receive £2500. An additional budget for materials, travel, and exhibition production is allocated separately.

The Residency

One artist will be awarded a three-week residency in March 2019, with full board accommodation. The selected artist will have the option to return to West Dean College for one week during the Summer of 2019 to further support the solo exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion. Studio space is provided, and resident artists can access a variety of resources and facilities, including the historic West Dean House and the West Dean Collection and Archive.

The resident artist will also engage with students studying Visual Arts at West Dean College, from Graduate Diploma to MFA. This will include 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 Exhibition

The exhibition will take place from October - December 2019 in the De La Warr Pavilion's First Floor Gallery. The focus of the exhibition will be work produced during the West Dean College residency but may also include existing works. The project will form part of a year's expanded thinking, through exhibitions, about the legacy of the Bauhaus through transdisciplinarity, new ways of living and working together, collaboration and experimental pedagogy. The current exhibitor in this space is Florence Peake, with a forthcoming exhibition by Lucy Beech; previous exhibitors include Caroline Achaintre, Cy Twombly, Cerith Wyn Evans and J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere.

"The range of facilities and support available at West Dean College aren't available on other residencies, it allows an artist complete freedom."

Gabriele Beveridge, Artist-n-Residence 2017


  • Becky Beasley, Artist
  • Thom O'Nions, Co-Director, Sunday Art Fair
  • Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions, De La Warr Pavilion
  • Sarah Hughes, Artist/Curatorial Assistant, West Dean College

Key Dates

  • Deadline for entries: Sunday 16 September 2018, midnight
  • Winner publicly announced: Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Residency at West Dean College: 4-24 March 2019 + one week during Summer 2019 if required
  • Exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion: October - December 2019


  • Applicants must be 18 or over
  • This opportunity is open to all artists living within the European Union.
    Applicants must hold an EU passport.
  • Residencies can only be awarded to individual artists, not collaborative groups
  • This opportunity is not open to students in full-time education

About the De La Warr Pavilion

The De La Warr Pavilion is a centre for arts and culture in a modernist building by the sea, built in 1935 as an architectural embodiment of a progressive social agenda and designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. With two galleries, an auditorium and a café, it produces an innovative and integrated cultural programme of art, music, performance, learning and participation that reflects the world we live in.

Current exhibitions are Alison Wilding Right Here and Out There; Florence Peake RITE: on this pliant body we slip our WOW!; and 1935, a year-long exhibition in the Rooftop foyer which brings together a series of events that happened the year the Pavilion opened, exploring lesser-known histories and the social and political context of the time. The Pavilion is part of the OUTLANDS, a new national experimental music touring network.

About West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an independent college with an international reputation for Arts and Conservation. Set within the historic and atmospheric West Dean House, the College provides an immersive environment with a forward-thinking approach, strong professional connections and a rich heritage of creativity.

Edward James, the founder of the College, was a poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. During his lifetime he sponsored emerging artists and writers including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Leonora Carrington, and John Betjeman. Today the College continues this work by supporting people to realise their creative ambitions and potential.

MFA student, Agata Bogacka, in the studio with 2018 artist-in-residence Ross Taylor
Gabriele Beveridge ‘Skimming the Daydream’ (2016). Gabriele was artist-in-residence at West Dean College in 2017.
Rehearsals for ‘RITE’ by Florence Peake. ‘RITE’ was developed at West Dean College during the Cass Projects residency in 2017. Dancer: Rosemary Lee. Photo: Barney Hindle.
Caroline Achaintre 'Fantomas' installation view at the De La Warr Pavilion. The ceramic work for ‘Fantomas’ was made whilst Caroline as resident artist at West Dean College in 2017. Photo: Rob Harris.

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