High Cross House

High Cross House

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2019 festival will include - for the first time - panel talks and exclusive live sessions at Dartington’s truly iconic High Cross House.

The building is a modernist masterpiece, one of the many unique and breathtaking spaces on the estate and one that we have long had our eyes on. Designed by Swiss-American architect William Lescaze, the house was built in 1932 for art establishment patrons Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst as a home for William Curry, then headmaster of the nearby progressive Dartington Hall School. Considered to be one of the finest examples of a Modernist home in the UK, it is awaiting renovation and is generally not open to the public. Sea Change 2019 will be a fantastic opportunity to see inside the space with inspiring conversations and music.


During Sea Change 2019 (24 - 26 May), High Cross House will be hosting intimate panel talks and performances. The vast majority of the sessions will be recorded to document the weekend, a record of our pride at being able to present artists - once more - in this incredible building.


* The UKPA (UK Poster Association)
An umbrella organisation created to help support and promote the work of UK poster artists, featuring exclusive new pieces of highly limited edition art to celebrate Sea Change 2019.

* Hot on the heels of their ‘ART PROVOCATION’ at the request of Banksy for an event at Dismaland, post-punk iconoclasts The Pop Group present a new collaboration with sound art fetishist Matthew Shaw. At Sea Change they will requisition High Cross House for ‘BLOOD MONEY’, an incendiary site specific ‘LIVE INSTALLATION’.

* Live sessions from Alex Tucker, February Montaine, Night Works and Bobby Barry.

* John Higgs in conversation with Ru Callender

* Salena Godden talks ‘Mrs Death Misses Death’

* Compared and hosted by John Robb and John Doran.

The Guardian - ‘Bizarre’ modernist building on Dartington Hall estate is to host Sea Change festival in May… read more.

History of High Cross House

1932: Construction completed
1932 – 1956: Home to William B Curry, Headmaster, Dartington Hall School
Until 1987: Home to Headteachers, Dartington Hall School
1994: Renovation by John Winter & Associates to house Dartington’s Archive & Collection
1995: High Cross House open to the public
2011: Archive & Collection moved from High Cross House
2011: National advertising campaign to let the property on long lease
2012: House let to the National Trust on 20 year lease
2014: Vacated

As I approach Grade II listing age myself and given that my partner has already applied for UNESCO World Heritage Status for my wardrobe, I find it only appropriate that I will be spending all of Sea Change weekend in the fabulous modernist masterpiece
— John Doran