The West Dean College residency programme provides professional artists, writers, makers, and researchers the opportunity to work onsite for a period of one to three weeks.
Co-ordinated by the School of Arts, the residencies are designed to support contemporary practitioners to develop their work, experiment with new materials, and access expert advice. The residencies continue the legacy of Edward James by supporting early-mid career artists, celebrating making and sharing knowledge. All resident artists engage with the students by providing tutorial support, leading workshops, and giving presentations on their work.
Partnership residencies have included collaborative projects with the Wellcome Collection, De La Warr Pavilion, Outside In, UCL Institute of Archaeology, New Writing South and Myriad Editions. These provide West Dean students with outstanding professional practice opportunities, including artist and writer’s talks, group tutorials with curators, involvement with the fabrication of work, and invitations to exhibition previews.