Our Autumn Day 2023 held in The Art Workers Guild, London on 21 October 2023 and the theme was staging an exhibition.

Our first speaker was Greg Parsons. Greg is, among other skills an exhibition curator and he curated the impressive exhibition Basketry Rhythm, Renewal & Reinvention at Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales in 2021/2022. His background is in textiles – not that far away from many basketry techniques – having completed a degree in textile design, and has since pursued a career encompassing textile design, product development, creative consultancy and curation. He’ll tell us more about his work, his work on past exhibitions, and the art and practicalities of staging an exhibition.

Our second speakers were Sarah le Breton, Angela Cole and Greta Bertram.

Sarah is a basketmaker working in Devon, combining traditional craftsmanship and heritage forms with innovative ideas. You may have seen the Journal article about her and the renovation of her beloved camper van Nigella.

Angela works in Yorkshire and describes herself as a modern basket designer maker rooted in heritage skills and nature .

Sarah and Angela are going to tell us about their experience of exhibiting at the Nourish exhibition.

The presentation of cups and awards

Christiane Sands Coiled Basketry awards –  Halina Ward and Rosie King

The Barbara Maynard Cup (for City Lit students) shared between Stephanie Yeomans and Megs Bellamy

The Joy Viall Award (for Westhope students) – Shirley George

The BA Professional Progress Award (for Westhope students) – Vivienne Elliot

The Barbara Maynard Competition Cup for winner of AGM competition – All the World’s a stage – Selena Chandler


A tour of the Nourish exhibition that was held in the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham between 9 August – 29 October 2022 featured the work of Alisha Davidson, Angela Cole, Anna Leibmann, Anna Turnbull, Deb Hart, Dominic Parrette, Geoff Travers, Julie Gurr, Julie Livesey, Justine Burgess, Leilah Vyner, Patrizia Sascor, Rachel Evans, Ruth Thompson, Sarah Hatton and Sarah le Breton