In 2008 Matthew Read, MA worked on a major, award winning,
conservation project of the Silver Swan togther with Karen Barker,
Object Conservator at The Bowes Museum. The project made headlines
around the world.
The first time I entered the Old Music Room at West Dean
College, the portrait of the poet, Dame Edith Sitwell, also known
as Sibyl, (1936-7), painted by Pavel Tchelitchew, struck me
immediately, not least because her larger than life figure loomed
ominously out of the darkness, but because she was instantly
recognisable from her distinctive elegant hands and long
The School of Creative Arts at West Dean College is proud to
present an evening of theatre and literary history. Edith,
Elizabeth and I. This is a fast-paced one woman show created by
Jules Craig, writer and performer, and inspired by the life and
works of the British poet Edith Sitwell.
How would you like to meet around 100 contemporary designer
makers in person? Talk to the people who create beautiful and
unique items by hand about their inspiration, the materials they
source and choose for their work and the techniques and skills
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.