Press Release: Christmas gifts ideas at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

From making a unique gift to giving the gift of creativity with a gift voucher.

Make time to make this Christmas and give a loved one a handmade gift. With the possibility of Christmas being a little different this year, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation offers a wide variety of short courses (ranging from one to four days) for you to make a meaningful one-off item for them to treasure, including an engraved glass or beautiful silver jewellery.  You can also buy Gift Vouchers or even a place on a course so your loved one could start 2021 by learning or developing a new skill or getting away on a well-earned break. There is a vast array of courses to choose from every year ranging from millinery to blacksmithing, through to painting, basket making and gardening.

You can buy £10, £25, £50 or £100 vouchers online which can be used for full or part payment of a Short Course so your loved one can choose their perfect course, at a time that suits them.

If you like the idea of making a unique gift, among the courses on offer during October, November and December is Make your own leather belt which takes place on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 and costs £151. The courses offers the opportunity to make your own belt using vegetable tanned leather and brassware as well as learning traditional techniques to hand stitch your belt, and how to ensure the perfect fit.  

Courses that offer gift ideas:

Oct 30 – Nov 1- Felted beads, baubles and bowls, from wool, to necklace and dishes (£275)
November 3 - An introduction to painting on the iPad (£128)
November 13-15 Glass engraving for all (£260)
November 16 – 19 – Beginners' silversmithing - make a small round box (£471)
November 18 - Modern brush calligraphy – festive metallics (£143)
November 19-22 – Japanese woodcut printmaking (£426)
November 24-17 - Traditional shibori textile technique (£389)
December 4-6 - Jesmonite jewellery (£280)
December 4-6- Millinery silk flower making autumn leaves and berries (£270)
December 11-13 Silver rings - jewellery (£280)
December 18 - Contemporary Christmas decorations from foraged materials (£163)
December 18-20 – Blacksmithing (£307)

To ensure a safe and welcoming campus, the College has put in place measures operating on a principle of the same as, or better than, national guidelines. This includes social distancing, self-opening doors, less students in workshops, and extensive cleaning and sanitising protocols to protect students and staff. For more details on Social Distancing and COVID-19 measures, please visit https://www.westdean.org.uk/coronavirus

For the full list of courses and details, please visit www.westdean.ac.uk. Bookings can also be made online or by calling +44 (0)1243 818300.

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Notes to Editors:

  • West Dean College of Arts and Conservation was founded in 1971 by the poet and Surrealist patron, Edward James, recognised by BBC Arts as the ‘the greatest patron of art of the early 20th century’.
  • The College is part of The Edward James Foundation (Charity No. 1126084), also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studio.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.


For all media enquiries please contact Rachel Aked:
Email: rachel.aked@westdean.org.uk
Telephone: 07790 732448

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ

Make your own leather belt with Jeremy and Carla Bonner
Make your own leather belt with Jeremy and Carla Bonner
Contemporary Christmas decorations from foraged materials with Annie Guilfoyle
Contemporary Christmas decorations from foraged materials with Annie Guilfoyle
Jesmonite jewellery with Haidée Drew
Jesmonite jewellery with Haidée Drew
Modern brush calligraphy - festive metallics with Kirsten Burke
Modern brush calligraphy - festive metallics with Kirsten Burke
Silver rings - jewellery with Laila Smith
Silver rings - jewellery with Laila Smith
Traditional shibori textile technique with Rob Jones
Traditional shibori textile technique with Rob Jones
Felted beads, baubles and bowls, from wool, to necklaces and dishes with Victoria Brown
Felted beads, baubles and bowls, from wool, to necklaces and dishes with Victoria Brown
Millinery silk flower making autumn leaves and berries with Anne Tomlin
Millinery silk flower making autumn leaves and berries with Anne Tomlin