The Basketmakers’ Association Bursaries and Awards Information

The Bursary and Award year runs from 1 September to 31 August and a full complement of these awards is available from 1 September each year.

Bursaries and Awards are generally funded from The Basketmakers’ Association’s (‘the BA’s) subscriptions and reserves, plus occasional donations and legacies. Bursaries to support attendance at courses held at the BA Spring and Autumn Schools, and one Traditional Basketry Project Bursary are funded from donations given by The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Charitable Trust, which also funds the annual Walmsley Bursary.

Please note, to be eligible to apply, unless otherwise stated, all awards require membership of the BA for at least two full consecutive years, (calculated from the month of initial subscription), with the member’s subscription being renewed by the end of January at the latest.

Unless otherwise stated applications should be made in advance on not more than one sheet of A4 paper to the BA’s Bursaries Secretary, as listed in the BA’s latest Newsletter and on the website.  

Please be aware also that there are conditions under which the bursaries are awarded. This usually means that reports, preferably with photos, are expected and these reports may be published in the BA newsletter. For some of the bursaries, as a matter of courtesy, written thanks should be given to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Charitable Trust. Details are given where relevant.


Study/Development Bursaries

 

Study/Development Bursaries – two bursaries, each to the value of £250

Purpose: Support for a period of study or skills or business development

Applicants should describe the proposed project (including objectives and activities), its purpose and intended duration, together with a budget. Projects may include attendance at a course, or one to one tutoring, but must encompass a more extensive period of development than simply attending a course. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that the project they are applying for involves them in undertaking a series of activities over a period of time with the aim of achieving the stated objective/s.  A total budget should be provided, together with information on other possible sources of funds and the names and addresses of two supporters (/referees). Projects must completed within one year of the award.

Each recipient must submit a report, preferably with photos, to the Bursary Secretary within three months of the project’s completion.

 

The Joy Viall Bursary – £300

Purpose: study/development, with teaching emphasis

This award of £300 was set up in memory of Joy Viall, a founder member of the BA, who encouraged and taught many basketmakers throughout her life. It has a similar application and report process to the above Study/ Development Bursaries, with the emphasis on teaching others what has been learned.  The report should include information on how the learning has been/ will be passed on.

 

The Christiane Sand Study Bursary – £500

Purpose: Further study of basketry with an emphasis on continuing professional development for working basketmakers

This award of £500 has been set up in memory of Christiane Sand (1956 – 2017), in recognition of the personal fulfilment and friendship Christiane gained from studying on the City Lit basketry course in 2011 and 2015. The purpose of the award is to support continuing professional development for working basketmakers. It has a similar application and report process to the above Study/Development Bursaries.

To qualify for the award, the applicant must already be earning mostly from basketmaking, basketry research and/or the teaching of basketmaking. Applicants should include information on their basketry business, inc. length of time in operation, activities, etc; explain the expected benefits of the proposed activity and supply the names and addresses of two supporters (/referees). Within three months of the completion of the CPD the recipient should submit a report to the Bursaries Secretary summarising how the CPD has impacted their basketmaking practice/business.

 

Traditional Basketry Project Bursaries – two bursaries, each to the value of £250

Purpose: To assist the BA in creating a heritage basketry resource through the researching and recording of traditional basketry in the UK

Individuals, or groups, should apply, describing the geographical area to be studied and the type of basket(s) that will be researched. The places of study, eg: museums and local libraries, the names of local makers that may be interviewed and internet sites and other resources that may be consulted should be listed. A proforma exists that can be used to help with the collection of data and detailed descriptions of the basket(s) studied. This can be obtained from the Bursaries Secretary.

The applicant must also give details of estimated costings for travel and other expenses, and other possible sources of funding should be mentioned together with the names and addresses of two supporters (/referees).

The period of study must be completed within a year of award. A finished report should be submitted to the Bursaries Secretary and BA Archive within three months of completion of the research.


Course Awards and Bursaries

 

Christiane Sand Course Awards – two course bursaries, each to the value of £250

Purpose: Course awards for City Lit Basketry Course students

The following bursaries will be awarded in memory of Christiane Sand (1956 – 2017), in recognition of the personal fulfilment and friendship Christiane gained from studying on the City Lit Basketry Course in 2011 and 2015.

The purpose of the awards is to support students from the 2 year City Lit Basketry course in their further study of basketry. Students will be nominated for the awards, to be used towards a recognised basketry course, by course tutors in alternate years, as follows:

  • In Year 1: The Christiane Sand Coiled Basketry Award 2 x £250
  • In Year 2: The Christiane Sand Outstanding Final Project Award 2 x £250
  • There is no requirement for two years BA membership for this award

 

BA Professional Progress Award – £500

Purpose: Progression to Level 3 C&G course for Westhope College student

An annual award of £500 will be made by course tutors to an outstanding student (or shared between 2 students) who have completed the Level 2 City and Guilds basketry course and need funding to progress to Level 3 and show promise to be able to earn a living from basketmaking in the future.  Awardees must be members of the Basketmakers’ Association.

 

Fred Rogers Award – £250

Purpose: BA Spring School course bursary with emphasis on skill-sharing

This award of £250 was set up in memory of Fred Rogers, a long-time adviser to the BA and is awarded to support a place on a course at the Spring School. This bursary is designed particularly to support applicants who demonstrate accomplishment and a desire to pass skills on to others. An application form can be obtained from the Bursaries Secretary.

Recipients must submit a report preferably with photos, to the Bursary Secretary within three months of the Spring School. The report should include information on how the learning has been/will be passed on.


Bursary for tools/equipment/resources

 

Barbara Maynard Bursary – up to £50

 Purpose: Purchase of books, tools or other equipment

This bursary is awarded in memory of Barbara Maynard, the first Chair and co-founder of the BA.  It is to support the purchase of books, tools or other equipment used in basketmaking or chair seating. Applicants can apply for up to £50 and must give details of what is to be purchased on an application form and provide receipts after purchase.

Retrospective purchases will not be considered. An application form can be obtained from the Bursaries Secretary.


Awards and Bursaries for Groups

 

Course Subsidies for groups – five awards of £100

 Purpose: To subsidise courses organised by basketmaking groups

In order to reduce the costs of the various basketmaking groups, five subsidies to a maximum of £100 each are available to assist with the travel and expenses for an ‘out of area’ tutor. No more than one subsidy will be given to any one group in a year, and it will be awarded only for non profit-making basketmaking or chair seating courses.

The course organiser must be a BA member for two years and more than 50% of the participants must also be BA members (of any duration).

Courses must last for a minimum of two consecutive days. The tutor(s), course content and costings for the course must be presented on an application form, including charges to students. After the course the organiser is required to send a short written report with photos to the Bursaries Secretary. Application forms can be obtained from the Bursaries Secretary.

 

Demonstration Events – 3 awards of £100 or £150

Purpose: These awards are to help groups to attend local events for the purposes of demonstrating and promoting basketmaking or chair seating to the general public.

Applicants should apply in writing in advance to the Bursaries Secretary. Applications must come from a group, not individuals acting alone, the organiser must be a BA member and the group must comprise at least 50% BA membership, with names of members disclosed.

The BA should be credited in all information and publicity.

Three awards are available with no more than one award being given per group per year. £100 will be awarded for a single day, £150 for two days or more.

 

Exhibitions – up to £1000 pa

Purpose: To support group exhibitions

Up to £1000 is available annually, to support applications from groups for help with the funding of exhibitions of basketmaking or chair seating. Applications must come from a group, not individuals acting alone, the organiser must be a BA member and the group must comprise at least 50% BA membership, with names of members disclosed.

Applicants should apply in writing in advance to the Bursaries Secretary on a maximum of two A4 sheets. Events are expected to last for a minimum of a week but reduced awards may be considered for events of shorter duration.  Applicants must provide a full budget for the event, plus information about funding and support from other sources.

The BA should be credited in all information and publicity.


WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BASKETMAKERS’ CHARITABLE TRUST BURSARIES

 

 BA Course bursaries

 The WCB Charitable Trust donates money to the BA annually and these bursaries are then awarded by the BA. The monies are allocated as follows:

Four @ £250 to support places on the BA Spring courses
Three @ £150 to support places on the BA Autumn courses
(Application forms can be obtained from the Bursaries Secretary).

One @ £250 for a Traditional Basketry Project Bursary
(Application is the same as the BA TBP Bursaries above)

Each recipient must submit a report preferably with photos to the Bursary Secretary within three months of the course. Written thanks should also be sent to the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Charitable Trust.,

All enquiries about these BA Course Bursaries should be directed to the Bursaries Secretary, whose details can be found in the latest BA newsletter or at www.basketmakersassociation.org.uk

 

Walmsley Bursary

This annual bursary of £2500 is awarded by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Charitable Trust to fund an appropriate course of study and to pass on the knowledge to others. The main objective is to improve British basketry and applicants will be required to demonstrate their aims, needs, experience and willingness to pass on what they have learned. To qualify for the Walmsley Bursary, the applicant must already be earning mostly from basketmaking, basketry research and/ or the teaching of basketmaking.

All enquiries about the Walmsley Bursary should be directed to the Secretary of the Charitable Trust: graham.aslet@btinternet.com

 

For further details and application forms please contact ALISON DICKENS

Please also refer to the November BA Newsletter for the bursaries available in any given year.