Press Release: Save the date West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2018

After the success of last year's Arts and Craft Festival, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is delighted to announce the 2018 Festival will run from 1-3 June.

The College will open its gates to over 5,000 visitors and 200 artists, printmakers, craftspeople and writers for the UK's definitive arts and craft festival. As well as giving the opportunity to buy exquisite hand-made crafts, the festival offers exciting live demonstrations and performances, and hands-on workshops and tours, including of the award-winning Gardens. Visitors can discover the secrets of West Dean House with its intriguing arts heritage, and view exciting new art installations by students inspired by the Collection and Archive.

The three-day festival takes place at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, near Chichester West Sussex. It is a site that has inspired generations of artists, makers, designers and writers through the legacy of artist and Surrealist patron Edward James who founded the College.

West Dean Arts and Craft festival offers a glorious June escape into creativity for all ages and abilities.

Tickets are available here

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Notes to Editors:


West Dean College of Arts and Conservation near Chichester in West Sussex, is internationally recognised for arts and conservation education. Edward James, who founded the College, was a poet, artist and patron of the Surrealist Movement.

During his lifetime he sponsored emerging artists and writers including John Betjeman, Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. Today the College continues this work by supporting people to realise their creative ambitions and potential.

• West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust, also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.

• West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London

• All photography is free to use for editorial purposes

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Phoebe Ladenburg Golden Squared Consulting
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Demonstrations at Arts and Craft Festival At West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
Arts and Craft Festival At West Dean College of Arts and Conservation