Residency Opportunity: Outside In and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Outside In is working in partnership with West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to provide a residency opportunity for Outside In artists. Submissions are now open and the deadline for application is on Monday 3rd August 2020 at 10am.  

West Dean College – Photograph by Christopher Ison ©

The selected artist will be invited to respond to the College’s Historic House, Collection and Archive as part of Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection, a research project set up to re-evaluate how the collections are displayed throughout the Historic House, and asks how broader social and cultural engagement can help institutional ambitions and change.

We strongly encourage applications from artists from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds* and artists who would like to explore the artifacts in the collection and the ethics around the display and interpretation of these pieces.

One of Osman Digna’s drums captured at Tamai, Sudan.

The weeklong residency is an opportunity for an artist who is interested in the themes of this project and would like to spend time at West Dean College making new artwork in response to them. Artists can work in any medium including, but not limited to textiles, sculptures, painting, drawing, film, installation, writing and music.

Please note that this residency is an opportunity for research and experiment so there is no expectation to produce a final piece of work.

The selected artist will receive £500 for taking part in the residency. Please note this fee must also cover the costs towards any art materials needed during the residency. Accommodation will be provided at the college and there will be support for travel costs within the UK.

Ekoi Headdress from South Eastern Nigeria

About ‘Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection

This is a research project set up to review the items from the Collection and Archive that represent the colonial history of West Dean College. The project is initially focusing on the African Collection which contains objects from Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. These include an Ekoi Headdress, a Sudanese drum captured at Tamai, and an expedition photo album from Sudan dating to 1882. The project aims to develop new exhibitions and interpretation that address the current neutrality in the display of related artefacts. The project is actively interdisciplinary and seeks responses from areas that are currently supported by the College including arts, conservation, creative writing and making.

Please find full details including Easy Read version and application forms below . If you require further information or assistance, please contact Cornelia Marland on cornelia.marland@outsidein.org.uk or 01273 381311.

* Outside In are currently reviewing the terms we use.

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