Renee So, Ancient & Modern residency exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion 2019


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.

Resolve Collective at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Photo by Chris Ison


This three-week residency provides time, space, and facilities to support creative development. The resident artists engage with students studying Fine Art at West Dean, including the BA(hons) Art and Contemporary Craft, Graduate Diploma and MFA. This includes an artist's talk, tutorials and/or a seminar, workshop or group critiques. The artists are selected by open call and through partnerships with external organisations.

Previous Artists-in-Residence include: Caroline Achaintre, Sonia E Barrett, Gabriele Beveridge, Linda Brothwell, Tamara Henderson, Tahmina Negmat, Florence Peake, Robert Phillips, Yelena Popova, RESOLVE Collective, Viviana Rossi Caffell, Eva Rothschild, Katie Schwab, Nastassja Simensky, Sherie Sitauze, Renee So, Alec Stevens, Ross Taylor, Michelle Ussher, Paula Morison, and Sarah Kate Wilson.

Yvette Edwards


This one-week residency provides novelists with the time and space to develop new writing, with access to West Dean House, Gardens, and Library. Residents engage with students studying on the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing through talks and seminars. Since 2020, West Dean has been working with New Writing South to ensure that a minimum of 50% of their on-going Writers-in-Residence support writers of colour.

Previous Writers-in-Residence include:
Kia Abdullah, Amer Anwar, Rutendo Chabikwa, Anna Chilvers, Julia Crouch, Anni Domingo, Sharon Duggal, Yvvette Edwards, Michelle Green, Salena Godden, Elizabeth Haynes, Izabela Morska, Courttia Newland, Allie Rodgers, and William Shaw.

Claire Ratinon and Sam Ayre in West Dean Gardens


The Gardens Residency aims to create links between the award-winning West Dean Gardens and the academic life of the College. The residencies are co-ordinated by the Fine Art programmes and promote discussion around how the gardens and wider estate can be part of an expanded approach to pedagogy at West Dean.

Previous Gardens residents include:
Stuart Whipps, Claire Ratinon & Sam Ayre, and Rachel Pimm.

Las Pozas

Research Residencies

The research residencies provide academics and industry professionals with a one-week residency to conduct research directly related to the aims and objectives of the College. The research residency is selected by invitation or via academic enquires.

Resident researchers include:
George Charman (PhD, Kingston University), Rosie Cooper (Curator), Caroline Hamilton (PhD, University of Brighton), Tim Johnson (Independent), Fleur Martin (PhD, University of Warwick), and Rosanna McLaughlin (The White Review).

Open Call 2024

Open call for applications to the 2024/25 West Dean Residency Programme

West Dean College is offering a unique opportunity for a creative practitioner (artist, writer, designer) to undertake a 6-week residency that explores the college’s ambitious approach to the future of its 6500-acre rural estate.

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