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The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)

For immediate release 17th July 2012

New NADFAS HCA Award for Heritage Crafts
Supporting the next generation of skilled crafts people in the UK

The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) & The Heritage Craft Association (HCA), are delighted to announce that Alexandra James, a Basket Maker from the Isle of Mull; is the first recipient of the HCA NADFAS Grant.

This grant will enable Alexandra to continue to develop her basket making skills under the experienced tuition of Adrian Charlton, of the Norfolk Basket Company, thus ensuring that this rural craft and its techniques can be practiced and enjoyed by future generations.

David Bell Chief Executive
“Alexandra is a talented and enthusiastic recipient who I am sure will be able to pass on new skills to future basket makers”

On completion of this apprenticeship Alexandra hopes to become a self employed basket maker and teacher on the Isle of Mull

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For information on NADFAS
Judith Quiney
0202 7430 0730 x 245

For information on HCA
Sally Dodson

Editors Notes.
The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is one of the UK’s leading voluntary arts education charities. with almost 92,000 members and over 350 societies across the UK and Europe. The aims of the Association are the promotion of the aesthetic education of the public, the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid to the preservation of our artistic heritage for the benefit of the public.

NADFAS promotes these aims through lectures on fine and decorative arts in their widest sense, through study days, visits, and tours and through volunteering activities, such as Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers and Young Arts. It also has a @NADFAS

The Heritage Crafts Association

The Heritage Crafts Association is a new but rapidly growing organisation. Founded in 2009, it gained charitable status in 2010 and HRH The Prince of Wales became President in 2011. The HCA is an advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts, working in partnership with Government and key agencies, providing a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about preserving traditional crafts skills and working towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future. @heritage_crafts

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