Visual Arts Scholarship in Tapestry and Textile Art

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Margaret Jones, MFA (2014) 'Gwendoline' hand-woven tapestry (detail of eccentric warp, 2013)[/caption]

A college-wide academic Open Day will be held on Saturday 7 February 2015. This will provide prospective applications the opportunity to see the studios in action, speak with current students, meet Visual Arts staff, tour West Dean House, student accommodation, and find out more about funding opportunities.

For further details about how to apply for the Visual Arts Tapestry and Textile Art Scholarship, or to register interest in the Open Day, please contact the Academic Office at West Dean College. +44 (0)1243 818 291 or email

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Magenta Gang, 'Magenta Tree', horse chestnut wrapped in silk (shown exhibited as part of Art on the Underground, 2012)[/caption]

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West Dean Tapestry and Textile Art, Visual Arts Studio[/caption] West Dean College is offering a new Visual Arts Scholarship in Tapestry and Textile Art for the academic year 2015/16. The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees for one year of study and is available to Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma applicants, or can cover one year of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme. The Visual Arts programmes at West Dean College provide a stimulating and supportive environment for students to develop their individual practices. All Visual Arts full-time programmes are validated by the University of Sussex, and are delivered through a combination of seminars, workshops, individual and group tutorials, critical sessions and self-directed research. Students who study at West Dean are provided with:
  • Generous studio space, open 7am-10pm, 7-days a week
  • Weekly  tutorial support with a range of tutors, as well as one-to-one tutorials with most visiting speakers
  • Support to explore interdisciplinary practice
  • Basic materials provided by the department, including yarn and warp, canvas, silk, dyes, primer, plasters and clay
  • A professional development budget that provides financial support to visit exhibitions, conferences and symposia
  • Opportunities to come into contact with a variety of established and emerging artists through the West Dean College Artist-in-Residence programme
  • Exhibition opportunities in West Dean House and Grounds
  • Year-round access to large and flexible exhibition spaces
  • Opportunities to work with the West Dean Collection and the Edward James Cultural Archive
  • Support from highly skilled and dedicated technicians, including master weavers from the West Dean Professional tapestry Studio
  • Access to the West Dean Short Course programme, including three free courses per year. This provides additional specialist support for students in a wide range of subjects. Short course tutors include Michael Brennand-Wood, Heather Belcher and Carol Waller.
  • Access to a range of specialist facilities, including the professional Tapestry Studio and Dye Room
  • A unique opportunity to engage with other College departments, and access support from specialist tutors
Students will develop practical, theoretical and professional skills in relation to a variety of different materials, methods and ideas and extend their understanding of the theoretical and historical contexts for their work. Students will also develop their professional profiles through taught sessions, portfolio development and involvement in summer exhibitions at West Dean. Graduating artists will be equipped with a command of their individual practices, together with a critical and reflective awareness of its relevance to contemporary arts practice. “West Dean is the only college where I could study Tapestry Weaving at this level,” says Margaret Jones, MFA, “The quality of the studio spaces and tuition has been excellent. The last two years have given me greater confidence in my abilities as an artist and I have been introduced to concepts I would not have dreamed of previously”. [caption id="attachment_2281" align="alignnone" width="620"]