• Craft Scotland has recently announced a number of measures to support makers, both in the longer term and in relation to the COVID pandemic. These include mentoring programmes, talks by established makers, residency opportunities, and opportunities for showing and selling work. In addition, there are a number of measures to support makers, especially self-employed/freelance makers, during the current situation.

    Full details are to be found on the Craft Scotland website:


  • Once again, the Scottish Gallery is featuring a Scottish basketmaker. Lise Bech shares the February craft exhibition with the glass artist, Amanda Simmons. The exhibition runs to the end of February. The title of the exhibition references the inspirations for the two artists' work - Lise's work reflecting the undulations of the southern Scottish landscape, and Amanda's the colours and the skies and landscapes observed during several residencies in Australia.  

    A full catalogue, virtual tour of the exhibition and several films showing Amanda at work can be found on the Scottish Gallery website:  


  • The Basketmakers'Association has notified its members that the Arts Council is making National Lottery money available for artists and creative practitioners to develop their practice. This includes crafts practitioners; membership of the BA is not a requirement for applying for funding. The information sent round is given below:

    The Arts Council are currently investing £18 million of National Lottery money over the next year (from October 2020 to October 2021) to help artists and creative practitioners wishing to take their practice to the next stage. Craft practitioners are eligible to apply. Areas for development include:

    • research
    • time to create new work
    • travel
    • training
    • developing ideas
    • networking
    • finding mentoring

    The range of grants being offered are £2,000 - £10,000.

    The money will be allocated over 4 rounds and the first round is currently open for applications.

    The deadline for applications for the first round (Round 8 on the Arts Council website) is midday, Thursday, 5 November, 2020.

    Applications for the second round (Round 9 on the Arts Council website) will be accepted in the week commencing 21 December, 2020.

    You can only apply once in each round, but there are no restrictions on applying for funding in each round.

    Please click on the following link for more information:


  • Craft Scotland announced a series of events related to the COMPASS Emerging Maker programme for 2021. Their introductory paragraphs are copied below:

    The COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme focuses on nurturing talent and equipping individual makers with the skills they need to create a successful, sustainable, resilient business and creative practice.

    We are looking for professional, practicing craft makers who have been in business between one and four years and are producing design-led, contemporary one-off pieces or small batch production, to join the COMPASS: Emerging Maker 2021 cohort.

    Further details can be found by following the link, together with notifications of other opportunites, including Craft Scotland Week 2020 which runs from Monday 9th – Sundayt 15th November.


  • Now that the COVID-19 restrictions are being eased, galleries and craft outlets are keen to welcome visitors and sell work. If you wish to find something locally made, often from locally sourced  or grown materials, the following list of galleries and outlets have work by Scottish Basketmakers to sell. Not all their stock may be on display, so if you do not see something you like, ask. Also, please check their websites or social media pages to make sure that they will be open when you want to visit.

    Alchemist Gallery, Dingwall, Ross-shire



    The Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh



    The Fold – Craft and Design Store at the Barn, Banchory



    The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh



    Lael Craft Gallery, Ullapool, Wester Ros



    Mugdock Makkers Art and Craft Gallery, Milngavie



    Marcassie Farm Pole Barn, Rafford by Forres, Moray



    The Hirsel Gallery, Coldstream, Borders



    National Trust for Scotland - Priorwood Gardens, Melrose, Borders



    The Line Gallery, Linlithgow, West Lothian



    Pillars of Hercules Farm Shop, Falkland, Fife



    The Bealach Cafe and Gallery, Applecross, Wester Ross



    The Torridon Centre, Torridon, Wester Ross



    The Carron Pottery, Lochcarron, Wester Ross.