Applications now open for Exploring Collections at West Dean College

New partnership results in exciting artists’ opportunity.

Two award-winning charitable organisations have announced a new partnership to help support artists.
The work by West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and Outside In, which has been made possible thanks to a successful Arts Council bid worth nearly £15,000, is also set to shape the college’s accessibility and participation strategy.

Marc Steene, founder and director of Outside In, said: “Outside In’s Step Up courses are all about developing artists’ skills and opening doors, to host Exploring Collections with access to West Dean’s stunning collection is such an exciting opportunity and partnership.”
Francine Norris, director of education at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, added that the college was ‘thrilled’ and expressed hope that the project will mark the start of ‘a long-lasting relationship’ between the organisations.
She said: “Outside In has national reputation for ground-breaking work creating a more inclusive environment for artists who may not otherwise have the opportunity to showcase their work.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them and hope that this leads to a long lasting relationship.”  

The grant will enable six Outside In artists to take part in a 16-week training course encompassing two exhibitions. One will be as part of West Deans Arts and Crafts Festival (Friday 31 May to Saturday 2 June, 2019).

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