West Dean College seeks maker in residence applications

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has launched an open call for applications for their 2021 maker in residence.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

UK-based artist-makers are encouraged to apply for the opportunity, which takes place between Monday, March 8-Friday March 19 2021.

Applications for the open call can be submitted before Sunday, November 29.

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Inaugurated in 2019, the makers residency invites selected artists to work within one of the college’s workshops. Previous makers are Linda Brothwell (2019) and Alec Stevens (2020).

The residency programme provides artist-makers with full board accommodation for the two-week period. Studio space is provided, as well as access to a variety of resources and facilities, including the college library, technical support, the historic house and the West Dean Archive and Collection. A stipend of £500 is offered to include materials.

Applications are encouraged from makers whose interests align with a variety of thematic areas related to the College’s history and current activities including, but not limited to: architecture, archives and collections, conservation, dance, design, education, horticulture, music, patronage, publishing, surrealism, theatre and writing

Resident artists and makers also enrich the creative learning environment of the college by providing support to students.

This will include a presentation on their practice or research, tutorials and/or seminars, workshops and group critiques.

The amount of time expected to be allocated to these activities is equivalent to two full days.

Alison Baxter, head of school of arts at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, said: “The residency programme at West Dean College offers the time and place for makers, writers and artists to step away from their usual work pattern and engage with a college rich in heritage and creativity.

“The college is renowned as a centre of innovation and for its promotion of skills-based making across a range of subjects, from creative writing and contemporary arts practice, to specialist study in tapestry weaving, ceramics and historic craft practices including metalwork, horology and automata, furniture making, and stringed musical instrument making.

“Our residency artists are given the opportunity to become part of this vibrant and creative community.”

For the 2021 opportunity, artist-makers are invited to send proposals outlining how they wish to spend their time at West Dean College, what facilities they would require in order to fulfil their proposal and an indication of any additional support.

For more details of how to apply, visit http://www.westdean.ac.uk/opencallWest Dean College of Arts and Conservation has an international reputation for excellence and is a full partner of the University of Sussex.

Students get to view or work with material from the college’s collection and archive.

For conservation and fine art study opportunities, see www.westdean.ac.uk.