West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has an international profile for conservation and arts education and it was established by Surrealist patron and poet Edward James, in his former home in West Sussex. Today it welcomes students on 400+ short courses and degree programmes in arts, conservation, and design.

Set in the heart of the South Downs countryside in West Dean Gardens with a restaurant, it offers a vibrant calendar of events, from author and artist talks to exhibitions and connects people with a rich heritage of creative possibility.

Photo: Chris Ison

Fine Art Summer Show 

The hugely-popular West Dean Fine Art Summer Show runs each July. Showcasing original work by emerging artists on the Graduate Diploma and MFA programmes, the show features a diverse range of practices, with work in a variety media including sculpture, installation, printmaking, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles.

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Photo: Chris Ison

Photo: Chris Ison

Throwing pots with Tanya Gomez. Photo: Chris Ison

Sculpting with plaster with John Blakeley. Photo: Chris Ison.

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