Press Release: West Dean College of Arts and Conservation offers courses focussing on endangered crafts

For those inspired by Sky TV’s The Prince’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation, in collaboration with the Heritage Crafts Association, which begins on Sky Arts on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex offers short courses in several crafts on the Heritage Crafts Association’s Red List of Endangered Crafts.  

Aiming to help ensure the survival of these important traditional techniques, the courses range from fan making to straw hat plaiting to letterpress printing to passementerie (tassel making) to marbling and Sussex trug making and will run throughout the rest of 2022. Students have the chance to learn from master craftspeople, and to contribute the passing of skills to new generations, whether as a hobby, passion or new career.  

May 27 - 30, 2022 - An introduction to chasing and repousśe in copper with Bryony Knox (Suitable for all) £456 

August 18 - 21, 2022 - Mokulito printmaking with Mary Dalton (Beginners/ Intermediate) £421 

August 26 - 28, 2022 - Passementerie - grand tassels with multiple moulds with Anna Crutchley (Beginners/ Intermediate) £271 

August 29, 2022, Passementerie – make a cotton key tassel with Anna Crutchley (Suitable for all) £143 

September 10, 2022 - Decorative fan making in Perspex and polypropylene with Sarah Macrae (Beginners) £163 


Also on the Endangered List is Clockmaking, the College offers a Foundation Degree in Clocks which is a two-academic year level 4 & 5 Foundation Degree validated by the University of Sussex. It will equip students with the hand-skills, knowledge and professional practice necessary for a career in clock making.  There is also a Foundation Degree in Metalwork, which offers the opportunity to study all aspects of metalwork, silversmithing and coppersmithing for students to progress to a career as a craftsperson or to further study.  Other Foundation Degree courses include Furniture and Musical Instrument making, which also focus on teaching traditional making methods and hand skills.  

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has an international reputation for excellence and is a full partner of the University of Sussex. Students benefit from fully equipped workshops, expert tutors and lecturers, and access to material from the College’s amazing Collection and Archive. There are over 800 creative short courses on offer each year in a range of subjects. Craft Foundation Degrees include Metalwork, Furniture, Clocks and Musical Instruments, for more information on these, short courses and other Conservation and Fine Art study opportunities, see www.westdean.ac.uk.  

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Notes to Editors:

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an educational charity whose mission is to provide the highest quality education in arts and conservation. Alongside the academic provision, the College supports an annual programme of residencies designed to provide research and development opportunities to artists and writers whilst enhancing the learning environment of the College. 

  • 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.  
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West Dean College 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