WEST DEAN COLLEGE

1971 - ?

West Dean College

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation at West Dean near Chichester was founded in 1971 as a centre for the study of conservation, arts, crafts, writing, gardening, and music, providing both full-time and short courses. The Estate was the home of the poet and patron of the arts Edward Frank Willis James (16 August 19072 December 1984), an avid admirer of the Surrealist movement, who formed one of the largest collections of their works during his lifetime who set up his estate as an educational community where the techniques of craftsmanship could be preserved and taught, whilst restoring old work and creating new art works. In 1964 James conveyed the 6,350-acre (25.7 km2) West Dean Estate including West Dean House to the Edward James Foundation when the Foundation established West Dean College. The Sussex Barn Gallery, Tapestry Studio and West Dean Gardens are also located on the Estate.
Website: https://www.westdean.ac.uk