FROM BARE STEMS  8 March – 2 June 2013

High Cross House, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6ED Tel: 01803 842382 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/high-cross-house

‘FROM BARE STEMS’, focuses on the fishing, farming and fashion theme of the festival. Curated by Hilary Burns, the exhibition will show traditional and contemporary work side by side together with information about materials and techniques. Images showing how baskets have been and in some places still are used in everyday lives will put the work into context.

see the exhibition images

In the studio upstairs at High Cross House Basketry and Beyond presents
From 10 April this residency will feature basketry in action and focus on the heritage of the craft related to fishing and agriculture in the South West of England. Different basket makers will be working on projects and demonstrating basketry techniques using a selection of materials.
Visitors will be encouraged to ‘have a go’ at weaving something for the interactive balcony installation.                                                                                                                           We would like to hear about people’s connections with or memories of basketry and to record this on the ‘Heritage Wall’.

Gallery Talk   9 May 7 – 8pm ‘Artist in Conversation’ a talk by Hilary Burns through the aspects of traditional and contemporary basket making showcased in a specially curated exhibition of internationally significant works.

Tim Johnson ‘Woven Path’

Detail of basket from Sudan/Darfur. Coiled palm and leather c. 1950’s. Collection: Jenny Balfour Paul

High Cross House

Modernist house built as ‘a machine for living in’                                                        Built for William Curry, headmaster of Dartington Hall School, this Modernist gem was commissioned by Leonard Elmhirst and designed by William Lescaze in 1932. The house still evokes the ‘serenity, clarity and a kind of openness’ described by Curry.

High Cross is one of Britain’s most celebrated Modern residences, and we are excited to be presenting it to the public under our management, working in partnership with the owners of High Cross House, the Dartington Hall Trust.

The architecturally important building will be playing host to contemporary art exhibitions and sales, talks, demonstrations and musical evenings, and is a perfect and unusual space for events. High Cross is to become a local centre for contemporary arts, as a community-led sustainable model of management.

Opening times

Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am until 5.00pm Thursday open until 8.00pm last entry 7.30pm

Facilities & access


  • Parking at shops at Dartington and limited/disabled at High Cross House, overflow parking at Foxhole 300 metres up the road.
  • Dogs welcome on leads in the garden
  • Contemporary art exhibitions and sales
  • Café gallery on the first floor serving light lunches, cakes and coffee

Family & children

  • Baby changing facilities on ground floor near front entrance
  • Storage area for pushchairs available
  • Children’s trails and quizzes


  • Disabled toilets on ground floor
  • Majority of ground floor accessible, be aware that there are some small steps

How to get here

By train Totnes 1½ miles

By road from Plymouth A38 take the A385 exit sign posted Dartington 4 miles

By aeroplane nearest airport Exeter

Admission charges

Free to National Trust members.   £7.20 adult.  Or £8.00 gift aid

Basketry and Beyond wish to acknowledge the contribution made to this exhibition by         The Basketmakers Association