• Sunday  Oct. 26, 5.30pm
    TALK : 'Woven Communities' by Dr Stephanie Bunn and Dawn Susan

    For the past 4 years the speakers have been carrying out a collaborative study of Scottish vernacular basketry alongside contemporary Scottish basketmakers from the Scottish Basketmakers Circle. Some of the research was celebrated at the Woven Communities Symposium in St Andrews and the launch of the website of the same name. The 7 exhibitors in the current exhibition came together as a result of this event.

    Bring any old baskets or basket related stories to share!

    Stephanie Bunn is a senior lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. She is also a practicing willow worker and sculptor. She has conducted extensive anthropological research into felt textiles among high mountain Kyrgyz pastoralists in Central Asia. For the past 4 years, she has also been carrying out a collaborative study of Scottish vernacular basketry alongside contemporary Scottish basketmakers from the Scottish Basketmakers Circle. Practice forms an important part of all of her research and she has done apprenticeships and learned many of the practical skills for both her areas of study.

    Dawn Susan is a professional basketmaker living in the Western Isles and a committee member of the SBC.

  • Sunday Oct.26, 2 - 5
    Basketmakers and locals alike are invited to take part in this community event: 
    - Creating a willow mural on the railings in front of the Barony Centre to co-incide with the international basketry exhibition, 'This Beloved Earth' and possibly growing over the next 6 months till the exhibition ' We are All Basketmakers' opens in March 2015.
    Facilitated by Lise Bech and Geoff Forrest, Ayrshire basketmakers you will be guided in various basketry techniques and willow vocabulary! 
    No experience necessary.This day is particularly suited to families.
    All materials and tools are provided.
    Drop in or stay as long as you like.
    Free of charge
  • See the latest work by Lise Bech, Ewan Balfour, Carlos Fontales, Lois Walpole, Mary Butcher, Barbara Ridland and Joe Hogan at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride until 23 November 2014.

    The exhibition is called 'We are all basketmakers – new work from the Scottish Basketmakers Circle' and will be at The Barony in West Kilbride from 14th March to 16th May 2015.
    The Barony, part of Craft Town Scotland  is an exciting venue with high ceilings and lots of daylight see http://www.crafttownscotland.org/the-barony-centre/ for further information. We are looking to have an exhibition which expresses and celebrates the rich variety of work made by the members of the Scottish Basketmakers Circle.
    Conditions for entry are that you need to be a member of the SBC from March 2014 and all work submitted should be new and not have been exhibited before, there is no specific theme. We are keen to encourage collaborations and site specific installations. Makers at all levels are invited to submit up to three pieces, there is no size limit. Please email up to 6 images with brief information about size and materials and / or, if you plan an installation, drawings with details of materials, fixings and scale to Maggie Broadley  maggie@crafttownscotland.org by Saturday 31st January 2015.
    The selection panel will include two craft curators, an SBC representative and Maggie Broadley, director of Craft Town Scotland. Selection will be made from photographic submissions. All selected work needs to arrive at The Barony by Tuesday 10th March 2015 along with the completed application form and in packaging which can be reused to post the work back to you at the end.
    As part of the exhibition we are interested in your responses to the following three questions: ' How did you start making baskets?', 'Why do you make baskets?' and 'What are you aspiring to?' We are also hoping to have a series of workshops accessible to all throughout the length of the exhibition. We are most keen to have this exhibition as inclusive as possible.
    If you are interested or need to know more please email Maggie Broadley on maggie@crafttownscotland.org for the application form or any queries.


  • Come and see what the SBC is all about...this is an open day for members and non members. This year we will be meeting on Saturday 25 October 2014 at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride. The AGM will be in the morning and in the afternoon there will be small group discussions and advice on various topics such as 'Pricing work' with Dawn Susan, 'How to approach a gallery and do a press release' with Laura Hamilton, 'Using Social Media' with Angela Price, and 'Photographing your work' with Caroline Dear. There will also be a tour of the exhibition there with some of the exhibitors.

    Then we have two acclaimed tutors teaching courses on the Sunday and Monday. Mary Butcher is teaching a course on fine square work and Joe Hogan will be teaching Irish Skibs. Both courses are already full.