Artist-in-Residence Open Call at West Dean College


West Dean College (Chichester, UK)

Image: MFA student, Agata Bogacka, in the studio with 2018 artist-in-residence Ross Taylor

West Dean College is pleased to announce an open call for applications to the 2019/20 residency programme.

Co-ordinated alongside the full-time Fine Art programmes at West Dean College, the residency is designed to support contemporary practitioners in developing research projects and studio-based practices. The residencies are informed by West Dean's rich history of supporting skills-based making as well as the legacy of its founder, Edward James, renowned for his support of individual artists and avant-garde collaborations across a variety of creative fields.

The Fine Art programmes are based in the School of Arts, which also incorporates Creative Writing, Contemporary Craft, and Historic Craft Practices. The College is also renowned as a centre of excellence in Conservation and Collections Management and has a range of facilities that support skills-based making, such as ceramics, metalwork, bookbinding, furniture making and horology.

Previous resident artists have included Caroline Achaintre, Gabriele Beveridge, George Charman, Tamara Henderson, Florence Peake, Tahmina Negmat, Rose O'Gallivan, Yelena Popova, Katie Schwab, Renee So, Ross Taylor, and Poppy Jones.

The Opportunity

The residency programme provides artists with full board accommodation for a three-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. Applications are encouraged from artists 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 enrich the creative learning environment of the College by providing support to full-time Graduate and MFA 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.

Deadline: 1 July

How to Apply

Artists 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. A £200 materials budget is available.

The online application includes:

  • A 300-word proposal outlining your aims for the residency, how it will contribute to the life of the College, particularly the Fine Art programmes, and what impact it will have on your career development.
  • A 200-word artist statement
  • A current CV
  • Five images of work (files no larger than 500kb)
  • Link to website

Residencies are available for three week blocks within the following dates:

Block 1 - Monday 8 October 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019
Block 2 - Tuesday 14 January 2020 to Friday 8 March 2020
Block 3 - Tuesday 21 April 2020 to Friday 5 June 2020

Please indicate your availability in your application, in order of preference.

Due to a large number of submissions, we regret that feedback cannot be given on individual proposals.

Click here to apply


  • Applicants must be 18 or over.
  • Residencies can only be awarded to individual artists, not collaborative groups.
  • This opportunity is not open to students in full-time education, although PhD candidates can apply.
  • This is an international opportunity, with travel covered within the UK.

Key Dates

  • Open Call Commission Launch: Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Deadline for entries: Monday 1 July 2019
  • Public announcement: w/c 22 July


  • Ross Taylor - Artist, 2018 artist-in-residence
  • Sarah Hughes - Artist / Curatorial Assistant, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
  • Dr. David Stent - Artist / Subject Leader (Fine Art) West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
  • Agata Bogacka - MFA student representative

Artist-in- Residence Open Call FAQs

Open_Call_WD_Residency_FAQ_PDF (456 KB)

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Jun 11th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Jul 1st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists