West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019


West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ



Open to the Public


Craft Fair / Selling Event

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019

31 May – 2 June 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, which will take place within the beautiful grounds of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex from Friday, 31 May – Sunday, 2 June, 2019.

The Festival, which is open each day from 10am – 5pm, offers visitors the opportunity to try their hand at something new in a fun environment and go home, after a bit of escapism, saying “I made that!”

With almost 1,000 places to have-a-go in workshops and classes offers the chance to get involved in free drop-in Demonstrations and Summerhouse trail such as painting; large-scale weaving and even a river-powered kinetic art installation. Visitors can also buy unique crafted items, see the work of emerging artists, have a rare opportunity to step inside the historic house which houses the Mae West Lips Sofa and Lobster Telephone - Edward James’ iconic collaboration with Salvador Dali.

There will also be a chance to chat to a variety of skilled craftspeople about their work and techniques. Watch and enjoy demonstrations in blacksmithing with Peter Parkinson, whose recent book is titled Making Sculpture from Scrap Metal; and ceramics with Frances Doherty, who trained in 3D design and her work is sold internationally, and more.


Exhibitors range from typographists to textile designers and jewellers; chair makers, milliners and printmakers. Among the exhibitors will be TypeTom.com, who is exhibiting for 2nd time. With over 10 years’ experience in Letterpress printing & designing for both trade & personal clients he has worked with a wide variety of people and organisations including Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, V&A, Fortnum & Mason, Design Museum to name a few.


Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2019.

10am to 5pm


Tickets cost £10.50 for adults in advance and £12.50 on the day, while children under 16 years are FREE.

West Dean College, Near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ