Alison Richmond, the outgoing CEO of Icon (the Institute of
Conservation) has become a newly
elected Trustee of The Edward James Foundation - the charity
responsible for West Dean College
of Arts and Conservation. (Photo credit: Eric Richmond)
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Renee So as
Artist-in-Residence in 2019. The three-week residency in May 2019
will support a solo exhibition of So's work at the De La Warr
Pavilion in Autumn 2019.
West Dean Tapestry Studio is working on a tapestry conceived and
commissioned by the Charterhouse; the almshouse and heritage site
in London with a strong emphasis on learning. Uniquely but
fittingly, the Charterhouse has involved a team of children to
create the design, working with the internationally acclaimed UK
tapestry studio's expert weavers. The project has been funded by
Neil and Emma Redcliffe.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Mary Hampton as the first ever Composer-in-Residence at the College. Throughout the year, Hampton will be curating Salon Imaginaire, a series of seven concerts at the College.
Elizabeth Neville MA ACR has been appointed the new Head of
School of Conservation at West Dean College of Arts and
Conservation. Elizabeth has over thirty years' experience as a book
conservator, interspersed with teaching conservation to Graduate
and Masters students.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces a series of
new short courses for Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 for anyone with a
desire to unlock their creative potential. There are 400 inspiring
courses to choose from, from popular crafts such as pottery,
furniture-making and painting, to jewellery, gardening and
photography courses that capture the autumn season with
Throughout the weekend, there will be tours of West Dean's
iconic walled gardens, taking place at 1pm and 3pm daily. In
addition to this, there will be gardening talks and presentations
from a panel of experts, where you can pick up advice on how to
grow your own chillies and learn about the varied origins of chilli
The Cookery Theatre will be hosted by Giles Thomson former
Executive Head Chef of the Ritz Hotel, and Owner and Executive Chef
of The Earl of March, with guest chef appearances throughout the
weekend. Guests include Jack Stein, son of Rick Stein, and
Executive Chef of Stein Restaurants. Jack recently opened his own
cookery school, 'Cook with Jack Stein', allowing students to cook
alongside him and engage with some of his latest recipes.
There will be over 30 dance and music acts performing at the
Chilli Fiesta. World Champion dancers, and stars of BBC's Strictly
Come Dancing, Neil and Katya Jones will make their Chilli Fiesta
debut. Katya was the winning professional in this year's Strictly
Come Dancing! Immersive entertainment from local vintage queen,
Dawn Gracie, will transport you back to the 50s and 60s. Whilst
festival favourites, The Fontanas, bring their trademark funky
Brazilian and afro Latin vibes to the festival.
West Dean College offers exciting possibilities for film production companies or media photo shoots.
Help preserve our future
West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the
support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver
world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and
maintain our award-winning gardens.