Be inspired by an outstanding showcase of arts and craft. Enjoy the theatre of live demonstrations, get hands-on in taster workshops, drop in and have-a-go on the craft hut trail, and shop with MADE from 120 superb makers and designers. Tap into the College's rich history of arts and craft as you discover works from the collection and enjoy tours, talks and screenings inside West Dean House.
Have a go and try out a new skill in a hands-on workshop and make something to take home. Workshops are 1 ½ hours and are a small additional charge. Places are limited so advance booking is recommended.
Please note: covered footwear is required when taking the following workshops, Mosaics, Woodcarving and Stonecarving.
Workshops are now bookable online when you purchase a ticket:
View the hands-on workshops timetable
Discover the children's workshops
See blacksmithing, metalwork, millinery, textiles, tapestry, painting and more as skilled makers demonstrate their crafts. Chat to the craftspeople about their techniques, buy their handmade work or simply enjoy watching them in action.
Be amazed by live arts performances and talks by emerging
artists and West Dean graduates. Whether you choose to watch or
participate, you're guaranteed to be entertained. There will also
be inspiring talks by West Dean tutors, on their own practice,
residencies, commissions or on West Dean College founder Edward
James, our Archive and more.
Dr Hope Wolf, Curator of Sussex Modernism exhbition will be talking about Surreal Sussex and Matthew Read, Horologist and Conservation of Clocks programme tutor at West Dean College, brings to life the fascinating history of the Bowes Museum's Silver Swan.
Photo Credit: Claire Collinson, The Silver Swan, The Bowes Museum.
Browse and buy unique pieces from 120 makers and designers. Once again, we've teamed up with MADE, (of the Brighton Art Fair and MADE London) to bring you the very best in quality and design. You can also explore the dedicated printmakers show for exclusive prints and artworks.
Explore the historic state rooms and view the surrealist works of art on display as you follow a self-guided route through the Edwardian house. Alongside the historic collection see installations from our Visual Arts and Conservation students and discover the secrets of the archives.
Drop in to the huts and follies throughout the gardens and try out a range of crafts from knitting, sewing, gardening and more. Chose to watch or join-in before going to find the next one. Look out for the grass maze.