To mark the start of Pride 2021, we are sharing a brief excerpt from an unpublished text by West Dean College Founder Edward James, thought to date from the mid-1960s, focusing on his reflections on homosexuality.
A key milestone in the project to catalogue the Edward James Archive has been reached with the completion of the first section, the Cultural Papers, and work is progressing on the important Biographical and Personal section. Read the latest update from West Dean College's Archive team.
Artist Alec Stevens is West Dean College's first remote Artist-in-Residence. Alec is working from his studio to develop new work in response to West Dean's surreal interiors and new-found research on Edward James. Read the blog post to find out more about Alec's process and plans.
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.
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.
Great images from our Conservation and Creative Arts students
from their recent European study tour. Visits included Gravensteen
Castle en route to Amsterdam, the Het Loo Paleis, Apeldoorn,
Boijman's "Mad About Surrealism," exhibition in Rotterdam.