Rushwork Basket Making I Patricia O’ Flaherty


The Visual Art Kaleidoscope programme will explore the potential of relationships between humans and other matter through a series of related events and engagement opportunities.

As part of Anna Spearman’s exhibition “Loose Parts” this engagement involves investigating the materials, objects and processes once vital to our everyday and domestic encounters through the craft of Rushwork. Using materials harvested from our local landscape and sharing this traditional practice of making, local craftsperson Patricia O’Flaherty will share her craft through a one day basket making course.

Patricia O’Flaherty, of Naomh Padraig Handcrafts, has over 20 years experience in making and producing baskets and traditional Irish crafts in willow and rush which she sells worldwide. Based in Cloonshee, Strokestown she gathers her raw materials – Bulrush and Willow rods along the river Shannon, and roadsides throughout the west of Ireland at particular times of the year. Patricia shares her skills through her teaching work continuing the tradition of passing these skills from generation to generation. This workshop will take participants through the basic stages of Rushwork to make their own basket.

Link to Anna Spearman’s “Loose Parts” exhibition information here:

Participation is free, but in line with covid guidelines, capacity is limited

Pre-booking essential via box office on 0906 625824

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland 

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