• 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:

    https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP

  • 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
    Willow
    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.

    Contact
    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

  • 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.

    https://mailchi.mp/4b1fda59ae91/opp-flash-compass-emerging-maker-2021-open?e=6495cc18f8

  • 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

    https://alchemistgallery.co.uk

     

    The Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh

    https://birchtreegallery.co.uk/

     

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

    https://www.thebarnarts.co.uk/store-1/fold

     

    The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

    https://scottish-gallery.co.uk

     

    Lael Craft Gallery, Ullapool, Wester Ros

    https://www.facebook.com/laelcraftsgallery/s

     

    Mugdock Makkers Art and Craft Gallery, Milngavie

    https://www.mugdockmakkers.co.uk/

     

    Marcassie Farm Pole Barn, Rafford by Forres, Moray

    http://www.naturallyuseful.co.uk/

     

    The Hirsel Gallery, Coldstream, Borders

    https://www.thehirselgallery.co.uk/

     

    National Trust for Scotland - Priorwood Gardens, Melrose, Borders

    https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/priorwood-garden

     

    The Line Gallery, Linlithgow, West Lothian

    http://www.thelineonline.co.uk/

     

    Pillars of Hercules Farm Shop, Falkland, Fife

    http://www.pillars.co.uk/home.html

     

    The Bealach Cafe and Gallery, Applecross, Wester Ross

    https://www.thebealach.co.uk/gallery

     

    The Torridon Centre, Torridon, Wester Ross

    https://www.lochtorridoncentre.co.uk/

     

    The Carron Pottery, Lochcarron, Wester Ross.

    https://www.carronpottery.com/

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