The Winter Tree of Hope at Standen

Christmas tree in the porch at Standen House and Garden, West Sussex.

This spring we're looking for volunteers from across the country, to join a lockdown community of crafters to create this year’s Winter Tree of Hope.

Since 2015 there has been an annual 20-foot contemporary art installation here at Standen. It has showcased the work of artists whose work embodies the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement today. We have previously worked with international artists and designers such as Zandra Rhodes, Kaffe Fassett and Mr X Stitch to create our Christmas display

Help us create a true celebration of hope

With the country in lockdown, we want to enlist the nation’s crafters at home to create decorations of joy, which will become this year’s Winter Tree of Hope.We want your help to create a bright, bold and colourful art installation, which will be displayed this winter to celebrate creativity, joy and most of all hope for the future.

It’s a challenging time we are currently living in and this can have an effect on our mental health. We know many of our visitors and supporters are missing getting out and about. We also know that handmaking and getting creative is excellent for wellbeing. So this is a great way to help keep busy, get creative and join our community of crafters working together to produce a joyful contemporary art installation.

While we hope to be open at Christmas we understand that the future is uncertain. If there is a form of lockdown still in place, we’ll share the installation online and it will form the centrepiece for when our visitors then return.

This year's theme

The theme for this year’s Winter Tree of Hope is ‘Nature and People’. From Mrs Beale’s beautiful garden to William Morris’ designs in the house, nature is always at the forefront of our minds at Standen. Connecting with nature can have such a positive impact on our wellbeing. Likewise, our connection and relationship with people is so important. That’s why we are asking our community of volunteer crafters to personalise their decorations to reflect the nature which is keeping them positive right now and who they are looking forward to sharing nature with.

How to get involved 

We’re asking people to follow a series of basic patterns and create personalised decorations, showing what they feel thankful for and their wishes for the future. We have patterns for all ages and abilities, from simple woolly Christmas wreaths to embroidery baubles. Anyone can have a go and can feel the benefit and rewards of getting creative and have fun making something that will bring so much joy this Christmas.