• The Scottish Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh, is once again presenting an exhibition of baskets. The makers will be familiar, either personally or by reputation, to many - Lise Bech, Lizzie Farey, Alison Fitzgerald and Joe Hogan. As usual, there is an excellent on-line catalogue, and viewing is by appointment for those fortunate enough to be able to get to the Gallery. Details of the the exhibition are given below:

    Celtic Connections
    Celtic Connections Willow features new work from Lise Bech, Lizzie Farey, Alison Fitzgerald and Joe Hogan.  The artists are either based in Scotland or Ireland and are based in rural locations, using locally sourced materials or their own home grown willow.  All of the pieces in the exhibition are united by an understanding of the land, of nature and the changing seasons.  Functional baskets sit alongside sculptural works and fine, intricate wall pieces.  Explore the exhibition by viewing our virtual gallery in the link below.
  • Craft Scotland has announced a further tranche of funding to support makers during the turmoil of COVID 19. The announcement is copied below:

    The Hardship Funds for Creative Freelancers will reopen at Noon, Tuesday 10 November, with an additional £3 million added to the total fund.

    Interest is expected to be high, if you are considering applying please read the guidance notes, FAQ and visit our drop-in online Q&A session today to prepare your application.

    Further Guidance Notes & FAQ
    Creative Scotland has created resources for applicants to the Hardship Funds. Watch their introduction video, and read the Step-by-Step Application Guide (opens PDF).

    The Crafts Council has compiled guidance for applicants on their website. Read the FAQ sheet or download the guidance notes (opens PDF) on their website.

    Please get in touch if you have any queries about the process and eligibility:

    Creative Scotland: enquiries@creativescotland.com
    Crafts Council: makerdev@craftscouncil.org.uk
    Craft Scotland: hello@craftscotland.org

  • The Scottish Gallery, in Dundas Street, Edinburgh, is hosting the Craft Scotland Collect exhibition during September. As well as Lise Bech and Lizzie Farey, there are several other makers worth going to see, including ceramicists Patricia Shone and Lara Scobie, jewellers Dorothy Hogg and Anna Gordon are represented, and Malcolm Appleby, silversmith. Although the gallery is open by appointment only at present, they have a very good on-line catalogue so that you can peruse what they have on offer. 

    The exhibition details can be found at https://scottish-gallery.co.uk/exhibitions/craft-scotland-selects and the exhibition runs from 2nd to 26th September.

  • Joe Hogan will have another exhibition at the Scottish Gallery from 4-28 April, called 'Learning from the Earth'. The Scottish Gallery website says "Learning from the Earth presents new willow work from traditional basketmaker and fine artist Joe Hogan. Joe has worked from his studio in Loch na Fooey in West Ireland since 1978. He grows his own willow and harvests other naturally occurring materials such as wood, bark, larch, birch, bog myrtle twigs, willow twigs and catkins that he incorporates in his work. Joe Hogan is regarded as one of Ireland’s master craftsmen and has gained a worldwide reputation for his work."

    This will be a 'must-see' exhibition for Scottish basketmakers. The exhibition catalogue will be available on line from the end of March on the Scottish Gallery homepage


    (photograph courtesy of the Scottish Gallery)


    SBC Member Helen Jackson has been working with Aberdeenshire potter HIlary Duncan for some years exploring the combination of willow and clay. They have taken part in North East Open Studios, most recently in 2016, displaying both their individual and their collaborative pieces. Now they present an exhition of their work, combined with a number of workshops, at The Barn, Burn o' Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA. The exhibition runs from 10th-21st April.




    The workshops - see courses listing  and website - run from 11 to 14th of April and include ceramics, basketmaking and the two together.