Visit West Dean Gardens (near Chichester, West Sussex) on Mother's Day, and not only does your Mother have a memorable day with her loved ones, but she will be given a return voucher to the gardens and a bunch of daffodils!
Celebrate Easter and bring family and friends to explore the award-winning West Dean Gardens near Chichester. From 10 April -13 April, 2020 between 9am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm), children can take part in a traditional Easter Craft Trail, which will have a tasty prize at the end, plus a variety of crafts and games around the gardens.
The School of Conservation at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation recently welcomed students to a brand new facility for science teaching and research in support of conservation and one of the first major projects they are working on is in collaboration with The Novium Museum in Chichester, for their nationally important exhibition Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man (January 25 – September 26, 2020).
A new programme of over 400 Spring/Summer 2020 creative short courses at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex has just been launched. Many are informed by sustainable practices in arts and craft, and there is plenty of innovation alongside a resurgence in some traditional skills. The tutor line up is drawn from across the UK and internationally and this latest programme runs through to September.
West Dean Tapestry Studio is one of the only professional Tapestry Studios in the UK and has been working with contemporary artists and designers to translate their images into woven tapestry since 1976. The Studio will be taking part in PLATFORM: THREADING FORMS at London Art Fair (22 - 26 January 2020 with Preview 21 January). West Dean’s Master Weaver Designer Philip Sanderson, along with his colleagues will be translating an image The Empress of the Insects drawn by Edward James on June 22, 1983.
Award-winning West Dean Gardens near Chichester, West Sussex is very pleased to welcome two new Garden Trainees – Chantal Rich whose traineeship is funded by Perennial, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting people in horticulture and their families, and Laura Mellor, who is the first recipient of the Jim Buckland & Sarah Wain Scholarship.
Earlier in the year, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation were contacted about conserving a selection of painted plaster figures from a Nativity scene. Potentially dating from the 19th Century, the figures had been residing in local church, St Mary the Virgin, Upwaltham (West Sussex). The students had a deadline of returning the three figures to the Church in early December, ahead of their Christmas service!
Students at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation recently had an unusual visitor in the Auditorium – a 1928 Austin 7 car. Car conservator Jules Parker of Julian Parker Ltd of East Sussex came to talk to students studying Furniture, Clocks and Metalwork about his recent project conserving the car that will be celebrating its 100th birthday in eight years time!
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.