West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and West Dean Gardens

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West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is internationally recognised for conservation and creative arts. It has one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public. A unique place to study, visit or stay, it is a centre of excellence, creativity and tranquillity. Underpinning it all is the vision of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James, connecting today's students and visitors with a rich hertiage of arts, craft and creative possibility.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Artist studio or collective, Archive, Festivals

Opening hours

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation - all year round
West Dean Gardens:
22 December to 31 January - closed
1 - 29 February - 10.30am to 4.00pm
1 March to 31 October - 10.30am to 5.00pm
1 November to 21 December - 10.30am to 4.00pm

Admission charges

Various. Please refer to details of individual events and courses

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Author Talk - Stephen May , Support for Artists: How, exactly, do you begin to live the dream?

  • 20 March 2018 5:30-7pm *on now

Are you a writer or artist of any kind? Is your passion to create art? Or to help others do so? This uncomplicated, stimulating and jargon-free talk will help unravel the mysteries of arts funding and explore the ways in which you can support yourself while developing your artistic career. Stephen May has spent many years helping people involved in the arts find practical ways to follow their dreams, and since 2010 he has combined a career as a writer with work developing arts practitioners for Arts Council England

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Online registration required

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and West Dean Gardens
West Dean
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ






Bookings office

01243 811300


01243 811343

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.