Two exhibitions mark the launch of the National Museum’s new initiative to promote crafts in Scotland. Making Weaves: The Basketmaker’s Art highlights recent developments and innovations in the craft (such as Lizzie Farey’s Willow and Birch Ball, above); and Jewellery Moves reveals the beauty, variety and craftsmanship of work by more than 130 makers from 25 countries. From 15 August until 4 January 1999.

Contact: the information line on 0131-247 4219.

Venue: Royal Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF.

A Sterling Tale shows off the beauty of silver and the diversity of its design and manufacture. Mappin & Webb exhibits The Millennium Canteen – 37 items of cutlery by members of the Association of British Designer Silversmiths. The show travels around Mappin & Webb’s shops: London’s Regent Street until 29 August; London’s Fenchurch Street from 7-11 September; and Guildford from 21-26 September.

Contact: For further information call Juliet Treen, 0171-400 5922.

No Picnic shows the work of ten makers working across a range of media, including furniture, glass, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and typography. The exhibition aims to represent the conflict between consumerism and idealism in society. Until 30 August.

Venue: Crafts Council, 44a Pentonville Road, London N1.

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