Arts and Craft Festival

Press release: West Dean Arts and Craft Festival - a weekend bursting with creativity

Posted on 9th April 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, which will take place within the beautiful grounds of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex from Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019. The Festival, which is open each day from 10am - 5pm, offers visitors the opportunity to try their hand at something new in a fun environment and go home, after a bit of escapism, saying "I made that!"

  • West Dean Gardens

    Take part in the Easter Trail at West Dean Gardens

    Posted on 25th March 2019

    Celebrate Easter by bringing family and friends to explore the award-winning West Dean Gardens. During the Easter holidays from 19 April - 22 April, 2019 between 9am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm), children can take part in a traditional Easter Trail around thegardens, which will have a sweet treat chocolate prize at the end. For the first time, Mary Dalton (a tutor in printmaking from West Dean College) will be running an Easter-themed arts and craft activity in the Gardens' classroom.

  • School of Arts

    Press release: Dates announced for Line and Form 2019

    Posted on 19th March 2019

    Dates have been announced for Line and Form 2019 - an exciting exhibition showcasing the diverse range of work from the full-time Visual Arts students at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. It's an exciting opportunity to acquire drawings, textiles, prints and ceramics from emerging and early career artists at affordable prices.

  • West Dean Gardens

    Press release: West Dean Gardens announce Tom Brown as new Head Gardener

    Posted on 5th March 2019

    West Dean Gardens are delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Brown as Head Gardener - he will start on May 7, 2019. Tom is joining West Dean Gardens from nearby Parham House, where he became Head Gardener in 2010. Prior to that, he worked at RHS Wisley Gardens for 10 years, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee and an RHS Show Judge.

  • Events

    Press release: Public Events at West Dean 2019

    Posted on 13th February 2019

    From the colour of the Chilli Fiesta to the creativity of the Arts and Crafts Festival to the relaxing Gardens and the diversity of the musical performances, throughout 2019, West Dean will be offering a wide variety of events.

  • School of Conservation

    Press release: West Dean College to hold series of courses in collaboration with the British Library

    Posted on 6th February 2019

    For the 5th year, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation will be holding a series of courses devoted to The Preservation and collection care for libraries in collaboration with the British Library - the national library of the United Kingdom, and the second largest library in the world. These fascinating courses are for professionals, conservation students and those interested in continuing professional development in this area offering access to relevant training and expertise.

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