Northumbria Basketry Group's Tenth Anniversary

Touring Celebration and Exhibition

Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th July 2017, 10.30am - 4pm


Basket with guitar string, Small linen and birchbark baskets, Willow fox

Northumbria Basketry Group are celebrating their tenth birthday with a fascinating exhibition showcasing some of the wide range of skills and materials that comprise the art and craft of basketry. These baskets, sculptures and other pieces, created by the Group’s members using willow and other natural or recycled materials, illustrate their progression from their first baskets to a high level of skill.  Replicas of traditional baskets have also been produced, including some examples of those used in the former North East fishing industry.

Alongside the exhibition a selection of basketry items will be on sale, including ’The Fishing Baskets of Northumbria’, the recently published book written by the groups founder Liz Balfour.

For anyone inspired by the exhibition to try willow weaving for themselves there will be free daily drop-in taster sessions suitable for all ages, and for those who prefer to watch the experts at work there will be occasional basketry and chair-seating demonstrations.

Anyone with a family heirloom basket is invited to bring it along to be photographed for the national Traditional British Basketry Project. 

Northumbria Basketry Group members will be on hand to answer questions about basketry commissions and repairs, workshops for beginners, local groups for improvers and enthusiasts, and any other aspect of basketry practice.


Traditional fishing baskets, Willow and Felt

'Wonderful creative objects, lovely exhibition - very interesting to see the variety of weaving that's possible' ' What a wonderful exhibition, very inspiring creativity' comments from visitors to exhibition in Rothbury, May 2017.

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