West Dean College is pleased to announce an open call for applications to the 2019/20 residency programme.
Co-ordinated alongside the full-time Fine Art programmes at West Dean College, the residency is designed to support contemporary practitioners in developing research projects and studio-based practices. The residencies are informed by West Dean's rich history of supporting skills-based making as well as the legacy of its founder, Edward James, renowned for his support of individual artists and avant-garde collaborations across a variety of creative fields.
The Fine Art programmes are based in the School of Arts, which also incorporates Creative Writing, Contemporary Craft, and Historic Craft Practices. The College is also renowned as a centre of excellence in Conservation and Collections Management and has a range of facilities that support skills-based making, such as ceramics, metalwork, bookbinding, furniture making and horology.
Previous resident artists have included Caroline Achaintre, Gabriele Beveridge, George Charman, Tamara Henderson, Florence Peake, Tahmina Negmat, Rose O'Gallivan, Yelena Popova, Katie Schwab, Renee So, Ross Taylor, and Poppy Jones.
The residency programme provides artists with full board accommodation for a three-week period. Studio space is provided, as well as access to a variety of resources and facilities, including the College Library, technical support, the Historic House and the West Dean Archive and Collection. Applications are encouraged from artists whose interests align with a variety of thematic areas related to the College's history and current activities including, but not limited to:
Architecture, Archives and Collections, Conservation, Dance, Design, Education, Horticulture, Music, Patronage, Publishing, Surrealism, Theatre, and Writing.
Resident artists enrich the creative learning environment of the College by providing support to full-time Graduate and MFA students. This will include a presentation on their practice or research, tutorials and/or seminars, workshops and group critiques. The amount of time expected to be allocated to these activities is equivalent to two full days.
Artists are invited to send proposals outlining how they wish to spend their time at West Dean College, what facilities they would require in order to fulfil their proposal, and an indication of any additional support. A £200 materials budget is available.
The online application includes:
Residencies are available for three week blocks within the following dates:
Block 1 - Monday 8 October 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019
Block 2 - Tuesday 14 January 2020 to Friday 8 March 2020
Block 3 - Tuesday 21 April 2020 to Friday 5 June 2020
Please indicate your availability in your application, in order of preference.
Due to a large number of submissions, we regret that feedback cannot be given on individual proposals.
"West Dean gave me the opportunity to re-discover the magic of the photographic process and break out of my comfort zone of familiar materials. 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
Work made during the West Dean residency programme is regularly exhibited by artists, please see the links below for exhibition reviews and residency related features: