School of Arts Blog


Outside In residency 2020

Posted on 10th July 2020

Submissions are now open for artists from Outside In or artists that fit the criteria of the charity, to undertake a residency at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in 2020. 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.

  • Creative Writing & Publishing

    Falling off a cliff

    Posted on 8th July 2020

    Read the latest blog post from MA Creative Writing & Publishing student Jim Green, where he talks about submitting the first part of his novel, his lockdown learnings, and thoughts about nearing the completion of his second year on the programme.

  • Collections, Library and Archive

    A rare glimpse into the Wyatt interior

    Posted on 29th June 2020

    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation recently acquired a new artwork, adding to its diverse and internationally important Collection. The watercolour shows the interior of the grand entrance hall in 1812; and was painted by Comte de Cely. The significance of the work lies in the new understanding it brings to Wyatt scholarship, the study of historic interiors, and the fascinating story of the College’s past. Read the blog post to find out more.

  • Collections, Library and Archive

    Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection

    Posted on 26th June 2020

    In late 2019, the Collections Team started working on a project to re-evaluate how the collections are displayed throughout the Historic House. The first phase of this is currently exploring the cultural legacy of colonialism at West Dean. The first stage of the project has included a review of the African collection which comprises a wide range of ethnographic objects, natural history, and archival documents. Read the blog post to find out more about the project and one of the objects involved in the research: a Sudanese drum.

  • Fine Art

    The Etching Press: A generous gift

    Posted on 19th June 2020

    At the beginning of 2020, we were delighted to hear about the possibility of a floor-standing etching press being donated to us. In this blog post, Fine Art Subject Leader Dr David Stent writes about the press’ connection to a member of staff, its journey to the College and being restored for use by students in the Fine Art department.

  • Short Courses

    My short course experience: balm for the soul

    Posted on 2nd June 2020

    Debby attended a short course with Jo Dixon at the beginning of 2020. In this blog post, she talks about her cathartic experience on the course, the opportunity to explore ideas and realise a piece of work she could be proud of.

  • Short Courses

    Practice drawing at home

    Posted on 20th May 2020

    In this blog post, MFA Alumna and short course tutor Šárka introduces us to a series of drawing techniques and exercises we can practice at home.

  • Fine Art

    Student Commission and Residency at Cherryburn

    Posted on 7th May 2020

    Earlier this Spring, current Fine Art Graduate Diploma student Phoebe Connolly was awarded the prestigious Cherryburn commission and residency, supported by The National Trust and The Society of Wood Engravers. Find out more about the residency and Phoebe's work in this blog post.

  • Short Courses

    Engaging with woodland, trees, wood turning and carving

    Posted on 30th April 2020

    In this blog post, short course student Dan Nicholson-Smith talks about the woodworking course he attended at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, and how this exploration of wood as a material has helped him to connect back to the 8 ½ acre woodland he currently manages.

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