27th Jan - 24th Feb 2018 - I'll be exhibiting my Newfoundland Craft residency work, house moves, wind knots and fishermans mitts in the Crafts Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Gallery, St. Johns.
* Fabric Of Place
Swaledale, North Yorkshire.
Delighted to be invited as lead artist in this 2 year slow art residency for Chrysalis Arts. 2016 - 2018
My Fabric of Place: I’d previously made a pressed herbarium, documenting the plants growing on my 6.5 acres, in Dunnet on Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the UK mainland, and now, I’m looking again at my field with fresh eyes, at lichens.
I’m intrigued to find out, what, if any, differences there are in the variety of lichens found in Swaledale, an inland valley with a history of lead mining, and walks from my home on the north coast headland of Dunnet Head, Caithness.
3 of my looped baskets feature in this collection purchased by a hotel in Manhattan. ".... Brought together by basket maker Hilary Burns on behalf of the London shop the New Craftsmen, they convey a rural history of the British Isles. Each design is specific to a purpose and locale..." 2017
* Basketry, Memory and Mind. St. Andrews University.
"...Symposium will be an international gathering of knowledge.
Delighted to be one of the invited speakers for the symposium on Basketry, Memory and Mind at St. Andrews University. Sessions include Materials and Design, Basketry and Therapeutic Experience, Memory and Intangible Heritage, Basketry and Maths, the Knowledge in the Basket, and Design and innovation." http://wovencommunities.org/ 2017
*Naked Craft - Stripped Bare Canada / Scotland
"Naked Craft is a a multi-faceted project and exhibition of contemporary craft by 22 makers from Canada and Scotland. Juliette Macdonald, Head of the school of Design at Edinburgh College of Art and one of the curators of Naked Craft will provide a context for the ideas behind the exhibition and give insights into some of the work." As one of the exhibiting makers, I am one of the invited speakers and workshop leaders at 'Naked Craft - Stripped Bare' in An Lanntair Art Centre in the Western Isles. 2017
"The Mackay Country Trust and Strathnaver Museum are embarking on an exciting art project to celebrate renowned Gaelic bard Rob Donn. Joanne B Kaar is one of 10 artists commissioned to create new artwork which will be displayed in the Strathnaver Museum before touring across the north." 2017
End of residency exhibition in Uig and then to An Lanntair arts Centre in 2017. Click here to read more about my residency - Drawing between the midges and the rain!
Artist in residence at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse. 2016
Invited as a keynote speaker at conference ‘Using crafts to tell a story’ for the Crafts Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and Intangible Cultural Heritage at Newfoundland & Labrador University. http://www.craftcouncil.nl.ca/ 2016
I was selected by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador for a craft residency in Gros Morne Newfoundland, Canada. A fantastic 6 weeks, researching their heritage, crafts and traditions. Click here to read about my residency. www.craftcouncil.nl.ca 2016
If I reach out, I could almost touch the arctic circle! I was invited to participate in ‘Managing our Natural and Cultural Heritage Assets' in Skagafjörður on the north coast of Iceland and learn how to build a turf house at Fornverkaskolin heritage craft school. This was funded by ARCH, the Icelandic NET programme and Erasmus plus. 2016