Festival

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival

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Contemporary arts and craft at the UK's most unique arts destination.

West Dean College has inspired generations of artists, makers, designers and writers through the legacy of founder, artist and Surrealist patron Edward James.

Buy high quality crafts and prints, watch demonstrations, get hands-on in workshops and drop-in sessions and view installations from emerging artists.

What's on?

  • Live demonstrations
  • Buy quality arts and craft
  • A rare opportunity to explore inside historic West Dean House and view material from the Collection
  • Art installations
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Drop-in hands-on Craft Hut Trail round the Gardens
  • Gardens entry included and tours of Garden sculptures

Workshops

Try your hand at a new skill and make something to treasure under the guidance of an expert tutor. Choose from painting, pottery, printmaking and many more. The full programme will be announced soon.

If you are intersted in exhibiting or demonstrating, please contact events@westdean.org.uk

Demonstrations

Chat to a variety of skilled craftspeople about their work and techniques, buy their handmade creations or simply enjoy watching them in action.

Exhibitors and Demonstrators Gallery

Explore and buy quality arts and crafts from over 50 talanted makers, from jewellers to textile artists.

View the exhibitors and demonstrators gallery

Image: Ceramics by Sarah Dalton

House Opening

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, discover the secrets of the archives and see installations from our Visual Arts and Conservation students.

Please note: West Dean House is a historic house with several changes in floor level. For our guests with restricted mobility only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible; this includes the historic state rooms, the college dining room and workshops. Please contact us for more information.