Press Release: Looking forward to summer? Visual arts and craft Summer Schools at West Dean College

If you are looking forward to summer why not try something new in 2016 and book early online from this week for a creative break. Summer Schools at West Dean College are a creative and social highlight of the year. Relax with tutors and other students and exchange ideas, insights and experiences. Whether you want a creative holiday, time to immerse yourself in your craft or to learn a new skill, come to West Dean for an alternative summer break. Summer Schools are a little different to courses at other times of the year, with the extended week allowing time for students to experience a broader range of creative insights and time to develop new skills in depth with expert tutors.

During the week students can enjoy short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work, swap-over sessions to another course of choice, an afternoon of organised visits to local art venues, an optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (to be prebooked), a Summer School party with dinner, entertainment and music, workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews. Course attendees during 5-7 August can also enjoy the award-winning Chilli Fiesta which takes place in the grounds.

This is just a sample of what is on offer at West Dean College. Whatever your interest there is something new for you to try and expert tutors to support your creative development.

Week One (23 - 29 July)

Comprehensive drawing course with painter, etcher and author, John T Freeman (£709 Suitable for all).

Explore fibre art and basketry with artist and basketmaker Tim Johnson (£710 Suitable for all).

Week Two (30 July - 5 August)

Screenprinted colour and stitch - making contemporary textiles with RCA trained, textile maker Maxine Sutton (£717 Suitable for all).

Painting light in the landscape with landscape painter in oils Tom Benjamin (£682 Suitable for all).

Week Three (9 - 12 August)

Silversmithing - create vessels and sculptural jewellery with award-winning artist silversmith Abigail Brown (£682 Suitable for .all).

Stained glass - exploring colour, light and line with architectural stained glass artists, Helen Robinson (£767 Suitable for all).


Wake up to beautiful views over the Sussex Downs in the stately splendour of a country mansion. The bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. From £55 per person per night (standard twin occupancy) for a one week course. From £282 twin occupancy).


To view the digital brochure or to book a place visit e-mail [email protected] or call 0844 4994408.


If you are new to West Dean you are entitled to a 10% discount on the cost of course fees for your first booking (telephone bookings only) 01243 818300.

Notes to editors

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation which also comprises West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • Any journalist interested in visiting the Gardens, attending a course or an event for news or review purposes should contact the Media Relations Team.
  • West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.

Media Contact Information

For further information, high-resolution digital images of filming opportunities, please contact

Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer, +44 (0)1243 818301


West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ