West Dean Arts and Craft Festival

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.

The Arts and Craft Festival offers the opportunity to buy high quality crafts and prints, watch demonstrations, get hands-on in workshops and drop-in sessions and view installations from emerging artists. Last year the Festival attracted 5,000 visitors.

What to expect in 2018:

  • Quality arts and craft to buy
  • Live demonstrations
  • 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

Check back soon for more details. Tickets will go on sale early in 2018.

Open call for Exhibitors and Demonstrators

To take part in the Arts and Craft Festival 2018 please complete the Exhibitors and Demonstrators application form.

Application deadline: Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Selection will take place in February 2018.

"I really enjoyed the show thanks; great standard of work, friendly, chilled atmosphere, no hassle, interested customers and good value." Sarah Drew, 2017 exhibitor


Try your hand at a new skill and make something to treasure under the guidance of an expert tutor.

Programme will be announced in 2018.


Chat to the craftspeople about their techniques, buy their handmade work or simply enjoy watching them in action.

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.