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Basketry Festival 2020


The Irish Basketmakers Association (IBA) are delighted to announce a Basketry Festival in Derry/Londonderry. The festival will take place in St Columb’s Park House on May 8th/9th/10th 2020 and will include exhibitions, talks, a pop-up shop, demonstrations, workshops and sculpture in the park.

We are thrilled and honoured that some of our renowned makers (including Joe Hogan, Alison Fitzgerald and others) hope to attend the festival to talk to us about aspects of their own experience.

The IBA are custodians of the Irish Heritage Collection of baskets which was put together by Joe Hogan while writing his book “Basketmaking in Ireland”. Joe’s aim was to preserve traditional skills and techniques and the collection is now a resource available to basket makers interested in examining and making these indigenous baskets. This collection will be on display at the festival.

Basketmaking has evolved from the purely functional to include more artistic / non-functional, imaginative work. Some fine examples of woven work from our very talented makers will be on display in our contemporary exhibition. Both functional and non-functional woven work will be on sale in our pop-up shop over the weekend with an opportunity to talk to some of the makers who will take on the role of shopkeeper.

St Columb’s Park House is nestled in a beautiful historic park and we plan to enhance that beauty with the help of the public by creating some sculptures in the park. The creation of these sculptures will be led by some of our IBA members over the course of the weekend. As well as the sculpture in the park we will have some of our makers holding free demonstrations of various weaving techniques throughout the weekend, an opportunity not to be missed if you want to learn the techniques involved in making a dragonfly / bird feeder / sunflower.

May 8th, 9th and 10th, 2020

Free Entry

Where: St. Columb's Park House
BT47 6JY