Events Archive

Events Archive

The opening night; Photograph: Tim Johnson

For more details and photographs of the events that took place during the basketry exhibition, see the Events Gallery.



February 2011

Lunchtime Talk: Creativity, Opportunism and Curating an Exhibition Thu 10 1.15pm - 1.45pm 

A lunchtime talk with Sandy Heslop, curator of Basketry: Making Human Nature, introducing the exhibition and the research project as a whole.


Lunchtime Talk: The Technique of Making an Exhibition Thu 17 1.15pm - 1.45pm

A lunchtime talk with Emma Hazell, Assistant Curator at the Sainsbury Centre, looking at the structure and logistics of constructing an exhibition.


ArtXTra: Theatrical Costumes Tue 22 10.30am - 3pm 

A workshop for young people aged 13-15 working in collaboration with Eve Stebbing from Spin Off Theatre. By using a range of weaving techniques the group created dramatic structured costumes.


Children's Holiday Studio: Cane Magic Wed 23 10.30am - 3pm 

A workshop for children aged 8-13 with a leading British Industrial designer, Tom Karen. Using the Basketry exhibition as inspiration the workshop gave children the opportunity to design and create sculptural flowers, faces, airships and even more from cane. Tom Karen is responsible for some of the most iconic designs of the past 50 years, including the Raleigh Chopper bicycle, the Reliant Schimitar car and the Bond Bug, as well as propers for major films such as Star Wars.


Lunchtime Talk: A Cognitive Approach to Basketry Thu 24 1.15pm - 1.45pm

A lunchtime talk with Helen Anderson, Assistant curator of the exhibition.


Children's Holiday Studio: Den Weaving Fri 25 10.30am - 3pm

 Working with artist Rebecca Barry, children aged 7 and under enjoyed a workshop weaving wonderful dens. With inspiration from the Basketry exhibition finding exciting and intriguing objects the children worked in a group to make their own den to crawl into. They also made a mini-den for their teddy bears!



March 2011

Lunchtime Talk: Design Aspects of the Exhibition Thu 3 1.15pm - 1.45pm 

A lunchtime talk with Joe Geitner from George Sexton Associates who were responsible for the exhibition design and lighting of Basketry, discussed the design aspects of the exhibition.


Lunchtime Talk: Baskets of Bhutan Thu 10 1.15pm - 1.45pm

A lunchtime talk with Adam Pain, agriculturalist and basket collector, discussing the historical role of specific baskets in the culture and economy of rural Bhutan.


Study Afternoon: Collecting Baskets Thu 10 2pm - 6pm 

A relaxed study afternoon exploring the acquisition of historical and cultural objects and the role of the collector. Speakers included Dr Mark Nesbitt, curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, John Mack, professor of world art studies at UEA and former senior keeper at the British Museum, John Burton, director of the World Land Trust and artist and collector, Jason Gathorne-Hardy.


Creative Studio: Weaving Rushes Sat 12 - Sun 13 10.30am - 4.30pm

A two day creative workshop with artist Felicity Irons using rushes for weaving and basketry. Participants developed their skills and learnt traditional rush-weaving techniques, including knotting, plaiting and stitching. Participants made small mats and then progressed onto make other objects such as hats, baskets and sculptures. Felicity Irons is a leading rush weaver, working through her business, Rush Matters. She has made basketry and woven floor matting for clients including Ralph Lauren, the National Trust and Historic Royal Palaces.


Lunchtime Talk: The Hand and the Handmade Thu 17 1.15pm - 1.45pm

A lunchtime talk with Victorial Mitchell, contemporary art curator for Basketry: making human nature and curator of East Anglian Basketry at Norwich University College of the Arts Gallery.

Lunchtime Talk: Basketry, Feathers and Divine Power in the Pacific Thu 24 1.15pm - 1.45pm 

A lunchtime talk with Steven Hooper, Director of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa Oceania and the Americas based at the Sainsbury Centre.


Creative Studio: Twine the Thread, Weave the Rod Sat 26 - Sun 27 10.30am - 4.30pm 

A two day creative workshop with artist Mary Butcher. An intensive course developing different basketry techniques used to construct small bowl-like forms using thread, wires and tapes. Participants then progressed onto use willow for a small basket or sculpture using traditional techniques. As the participants wove Mary spoke to the group about baskets collected from around the world and the lives of their makers. Mary Butcher is a willow specialist who teaches traditional techniques with the aim of preserving basket-making skills. Mary was one of the commissioned artists for the Basketry exhibition with her Wall Drawings displayed on the curved corridor in the Sainsbury Centre.


Lunchtime Talk: Pattern and Design Thu 31 1.15pm - 1.45pm

A lunchtime talk with John Mack, Head of School of World Art and Museology and researcher on the Basketry project.



April 2011

Creative Studio: Material Values Tue 12 - Wed 13 10.30am - 4.30pm

Working alongside Lois Walpole, participants on this two day creative studio produced a woven sculpture or basket by experimenting with a variety of materials. Learning techniques such as coiling and looping. Participants were asked to bring a selection of found or recycled materials to use in the workshop. Lois Walpole is a world-recognised basket-maker who produces beautiful woven sculptures and basketry from found and sustainable materials. Lois lectures and tutors basketry courses and exhibts her work internationally.

Conference: Basketry and Beyond Thu 14 - Sat 16 

A three-day conference which offered the opportunity to explore the importance of basketry in human culture from a broadly academic perspective. The conference gave participants a chance to hear from the members of the research team behind the Basketry exhibition and guest speakers including Mary Butcher on The Basket Maker in East Anglia, Professor David Guss of Tufts University on Gender Abstractions and Imaginary Journeys, exhibition curator Sandy Heslop on Basketry in the Frame and Professor Tim Ingold of the University of Aberdeen with a talk titled To Build is to Weave.


Lunchtime Talk: Mathematics and Basket Weaving Thu 21 1.15pm - 1.45pm 

A lunchtime talk with Dr Anish Ghosh, Lecturer in the School of Mathematics at UEA.


May 2011

Artist Residency: Tim Johnson Tue 3 - Tue 17 10am - 5pm

Tim Johnson, artist, photographer and basket-maker based on the Isle of Wight. Having exhibited extensively in the UK and Ireland and has participated in exchanges and residencies in Denmark, Australia, Scotland, Uzbekistan, Spain, Alabama and Newfoundland over the last 20 years.

During his residency Tim used natural materials to weave costumes and disguises, drawing inspiration from the Basketry exhibition and British folklore traditions. He was based in the Education Studio during his residency inviting visitors to come in to talk and get involved in his various projects. He also led a Creative Studio and took part in Basket Spectacular.


Lunchtime Talk: The Origins and Development of the Earliest Basketry Thu 5 1.15pm - 1.15pm

A lunchtime talk with Joanne Clarke, Senior Lecturer at the School of World Art and Museology, on the long-term changes in the technologies of early agricultural communities, specifically basketry.

Creative Studio: Hidden Talents Sat 7 - Sun 8 -

A two-day workshop with our resident artist Tim Johnson exploring traditional and contemporary basketry techniques for making sculpture and costume. Working with hard and soft materials including willow, straw and rush and experimenting with their contrasting qualities. Participants had a chance to design and create their own work and contribute to Tim's residency.


Lunchtime Exhibition Talk with Tim Johnson Thu 12 1.15pm - 1.45pm

Artist in Residence Tim Johnson discusses his practice and residency at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.


Basket Spectacular! Sun 15 1pm - 4pm 

A celebration of the work of regional, national and international basket-makers and artists. An afternoon of music, participatory theatre and all things basketry! Organised by our resident artist, Tim Johnson in collaboration with Spirit of Carnival, Tin House and Eve Stebbing from Spin Off Theatre.


Lunchtime Talk: Willow - Barking up the Right Tree? Thu 19 1.15pm - 1.45pm 

A lunchtime talk with John Turner, Professor of Biological Sciences at UEA.

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  • 2nd Aug 2011 - Domenico Sergi
    Collecting Baskets study afternoon: What I liked of the event was the heterogeneity of points of view. It was very interesting to hear how the collection of basketry held by Kew came into being (with all the implications in terms of classification, ownership, and historical circumstances of collecting); It was also fascinating to learn about the cultural and political context of basketry in Kuba society; and last but not least how baskets are crafted in Borneo for the western market.
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