Julie Gurr-Willowweaver

Contemporary and Traditional Basketry

Nourish 9th Aug – 29th Oct 2022

at Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS


I am one of sixteen full-time professional willow basket makers, artists and sculptors who are exhibiting at “Nourish” at the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham. Curated by Lois Walpole, Nourish is an exciting adventure into the wonders of willow, showcasing the beauty and variety of colour and form that can be created with traditional skills and materials.

Hailing from all over Britain, the exhibitors will be representing the skill, sustainability and creativity that is embodied in their long-term dedication to willow as the medium for their craft. They want their audience not only to enjoy the beauty and form of these woven objects, but to embrace their work as a force for good, providing both nourishment for the wellbeing of everyone who comes into contact with it and for the planet.

Over fifty basketry items will be on show, made predominantly with willow but also with additions of other materials such as hazel, rush and leather. As well as baskets for practical purposes, (of both contemporary and heritage design from different regions), there will be furniture, sculptural baskets and sculptures, (both animal and abstract, for indoor and outdoor display).

See more on the exhibition Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/nourishexhibition22/

I will be exhibiting three Woven Pots and my Sea Creature

A Genourous Space 25th Nov 21 – 17th April 22

Hastings Contemporary, Hastings,

East Sussex

I was very pleased to have three pieces of work selected for this exhibition. The exhibition is part of the Artists Support Pledge that was started by Mathew Burrows on Instagram during the first lockdown to help keep the economy going for artists. This is a physical manifestation of what was happening online and is being run on the same principles. All work is £200 or less and artists pledge to buy another artists work if they earn £1000.

Toast Creative Residency

Willowweaving Workshop on 21st October 2021

From 21st – 23rd October Toasts Creative Residency is taking place at the Crafts Council Gallery in Islington and online. As part of this I have been asked to host a willow weaving workshop on Thursday 21st October. You can attend in person or online by following the links here https://www.toa.st/pages/toast-creative-residency.

If attending online there is a list of materials needed and booking link here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/toast-willow-weaving-with-julie-gurr-tickets-167214604383 At home you will need to prepare the materials yourself so we have suggested you use buff willow with the bark stripped off as in the second picture.

Branching Out 14th – 19th December, 11am-3pm.

Zoom Arts Gallery, Warrior Square Station, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex

Branching Out is an exhibition of Emma Harding’s recent ceramic and mosaic work. It features a couple of pieces we have collaborated on together and a few of my more sculptural baskets are exhibited too. 50% of all our sales to Hastings Food Bank.

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