On now

Feb 6th – July 5th

The Londoners: Portrait of a Working City 1447-1980. at the London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB. A small exhibition showing a number of photos and some small bits of film with people using baskets in everyday work.Free. Open Mon 9.30-4.45pm, Tues, Wed Thurs 9.30-7.30pm. Closed Fri & Bank Hols. www.cityoflondon.gov.org/


Feb 23- Aug 27 2017. Where the Thunderbird Lives’

At the British Museum in room 91 there is a small exhibition
illustrating ‘the rich cultural heritage of Northwest Coast Peoples through remarkable and powerful objects spanning thousands of years. Northwest Coast Peoples inhabit the mountainous fjords, lush islands and temperate forests that stretch along the coastline from Alaska, British Columbia and Washington state. They have created some of the most extraordinary carving and weaving traditions in North America. In this exhibition, explore these rich traditions through objects including ceremonial masks and rattles, elegantly woven robes and baskets, and contemporary prints and jewellery. There are some good examples of cedar bark work in this exhibition. Free talks in room 91 at 1.15pm no booking required, March 21 on Cultural Resilience, on 29 March on the conservation of baskets, masks and cloaks. www.britishmuseum.org/events


1st April – 4th June 2017 ‘Out of the Woods’

The Byre Gallery, Hillside, Hounster Hill, Millbrook, Cornwall, PL10 1AJ An exhibition including work by Basketmaker ,Lizzie Farey and others. Tel: 01752 822936. Open Wed-Sun 11am-5pm www.thebyregallery.co.uk


29 June - January 2018. Wounded, Conflict, Casualties & Care.

At the Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD. Not strictly a basketmaking exhibition but there are some interesting examples and how basketmaking was used to combat stress. Open daily 10- 6pm. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America. A travelling exhibition 2017-2020! By The University of Missouri-Columbia and the National Basketry Organisation.

http://americanbasketry.missouri.edu  This exhibition is in 5 sections, Cultural Origins, New Basketry, Living Traditions, Basket as a Vessel, Beyond the Basket.

The Premiere of Exhibition is at the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, 115, Business Loop 70West. Columbia, MO65203  from Jan 28-May 14 2017 http://maa.missouri.edu/

The exhibition will visit 7 other galleries during 2017, 2018, 2019.

June2-July17 2017.  108 Contemporary Tulsa, OK 74103. Http://108contemporary.org

Aug 22-Nov12 2017 Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Mississipi39440. http://lrma.org/

Feb 2- May 6 2018 Whatcom Museum,  Bellingham, WA 98225. http://whatcommuseum.org/

June 1- August  5 2018 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston. http://crafthouston.org/

Feb 2-April 14 2019 Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York. http://mag.rochester.edu/

May 18-Aug 18 2019. Fuller Craft Museum. Brockton MA02301 http://fullercraft.org/

Sept 21-Dec 14 2019  The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne,FL32901.  http://textiles.fit.edu/

March 25- June 11 2017. Making Ground Exhibition.



This is the final exhibition of an Arts Council funded collaborative interdisciplinary project exploring site specific making at a disused brickworks in Sussex. Sourcing materials from this post-industrial site, basketmaker Annemarie O’Sullivan and ceramic artist Elaine Bolt  will be focusing on a sense of place, changing seasons, and how closer to the source of our materials, and working together can affect our making. At the Studio Fusion Gallery, Unit 1:06, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, London SE1 9PH. Tel: 020 7928 3600 Open10-5pm  Mon -Fri
www.studiofusiongallery.co.uk  info@makingground.org    http://makingground.org




Forthcoming Events


April 26 – June 24 Fibre and Form.

At the Flow Gallery,1-5 Needham Road, London W11 2RF Tel: 020 7243 0782 www.flowgallery.co.uk Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm.

Showcasing the work of two makers this exhibition focuses on the craft of weaving natural materials. Exploring space, pattern and colour to push the boundaries of this tradition. Chilean artist Isabel Lecaros focuses on the expertise and knowledge of the craft practices throughout Chile. The work of this Exhibition focuses on the craft of weaving with horsehair, also known as Crin, that dates back at least three centuries and is unique to Rari- a rural village in the Maule region of southern Chile. She has collaborated with ten local crafts-women of Rari, women who have passed the technique down through generations. The delicate weaving of natural or dyed horsehair creating colourful patterns or figures. Marian Bijlenga creates wall sculptures from delicately worked elements of horsehair, viscose, paper, glass and fish scales using a technique that she developed herself while studying at the Rietveld Art Academy in the late 1970′s and early 80′s. Some you may have seen her work at Collect.


June 16 – Oct 27. Exhibition, LANDSCAPE of OBJECTS

By the Flow Gallery, London at Forde Abbey, Chard ,Somerset TA20 4LU. Tel: 01460 221290. www.fordeabbey.co.uk BA member Annemarie O’Sullivan is one of the artists taking part.


June 23 -24. Heritage Skills Conference at Lincoln Cathedral.

For the first time ever the City of London Livery Companies and the Cathedral are joining together to celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral and other ancient buildings as well as keeping heritage skills alive. The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers will be taking part with demonstrations and exhibiting work by the Yeoman of the Company. Admission is free.
www.lincolncathedral.com      www.visitlincoln.com

More info on Page 7 of Newsletter 160. Please read Dates for the Diary in last Newsletter. Pages 49-53.


Sunday 25 June 2017. “Park Life !”

An outdoor at Compton Verney, Warwickshire 10.30 – 5.00 in the beautiful grounds of Compton Verney focused on country and heritage skills. Demonstrations, arena events, country music, craft sales.

Stalls available at £40 + VAT. If interested in taking a stall, apply before 29 April. Contact – caroline.leverton@comptonverney.org.uk
The invitation came for the BA to have a stall but it has been confirmed with Compton Verney that they would welcome individual stall holders.


Aug 18,19,20th. Jenny Crisp Exhibition

A Group Show where Jenny Crisp basketmaker, will be exhibiting a wide range of baskets. Hosted  by Lucy Goffin and Graham Gough at Marchant Hardy Plants, 2, Marchants Cottages, Mill Lane, Laughton, East Sussex,BN8 6AJ. (off the B2124) www.jennycrisp.co.uk


Please note BA AUTUMN DAY & AGM 2017 will be Oct 14th  at the Art Workers Guild, Queens Square, London.

Afternoon speaker Dr John Dransfield, who has worked at Kew and in Borneo and Malaysia researching rattans. He will give an illustrated talk and bring a collection of baskets. Raj Puri , a lecturer in Anthropology at Kent University will show a short film on Rattans and bring baskets in the morning. Full details nearer the time.