We are all Basketmakers

14 March – 10 May 2015

Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR

Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun 12 – 5pm

Admission Free

A new exhibition ‘We are all basketmakers’ at the Barony Centre in West Kilbride celebrates the rich variety of work created by members of the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle.

There is a strong tradition of basketmaking in Scotland which evolved in response to the necessities of every day life. These same skills are now used not just to produce functional pieces but also to create sculptural and innovative works of art.

Over 15 artists from across Scotland feature in the show including Monique Berreots, Charlotte Boxall, Mary Butcher, Joan Carrigan, Caroline Dear, Julie Gurr, Janette Nowak and Anna S King.

Amongst the works is a jute basket by fibre artist Anna S King covered with hundreds of paper circles from a map, with the high amount of blue indicating the rising tides across the world, and a pair of small socks woven using a looping technique that predates knitting from home grown soft-rush by Caithness artist Joanne Kaar who was inspired by Angus MacPhee, a Scottish outsider artist who made art by weaving grasses.

The Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle promotes basketmaking in Scotland through exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures, and the exhibition is a showcase for the wide range of materials and techniques which inspire them.

The award winning Barony Centre shows a diverse selection of traditional and contemporary craft, design and cross art form exhibitions. Located within West Kilbride, Scotland's only designated craft town, visitors can stroll through the town and shop in the eight craft studios around the Main Street. Studios are generally open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.