• 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.


  • Lizzie Farey is part of a free exhibition, now moved from the City Art Centre, Edinburgh to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, call 'A Fine Line' 

    With fellow exhibitors Angie Lewin, Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh, she explores the fine line between art and craft in two and three dimensions. Marrying detailed observation and strong draughtsmanship with a variety of media, including printmaking, drawing, ceramics, collage and sculpture, the four artists have produced works inspired by places and spaces in both the natural and man-made environment.

    The exhibition runs until 18th February 2018 and is to be found on the third floor of the City Art Centre. The City Art Centre is open Wednesday-Sunday, and admission is free. The exhibition is touring, and is to be seen at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery until 12th May and the Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries (19th May to 7th July). The exhibition is a collaboration between the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, the Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries, and the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.




  • The SBC 2018 exhibition, Woven Together, which celebrates 30 years of the SBC, has begun. It is currently showing at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Wynd, Inverness, before moving to AROS, ouside Portree on Skye, then Elgin, the Botanics in Edinburgh and then Braemar. Twenty-six members have submitted, in total, over seventy pieces of work. The fui range of basketry techniqes is represented in diverse materials. Both functional and decorative pieces have been submitted, many for sale. Inverness only has room for a proportion of the exhibits, but the remaining venues will display all the works. The dates for each venue are:

    Inverness Museum and Art Gallery                        until May 3rd

    AROS Centre, Portree                                            7-31 May

    Library Gallery, Elgin                                             4-9 June

    John Hope Gateway, Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh  21 July-12 August

    Braemar Gallery, Braemar                                      20 August-16 September