Born in Devon


BA Hons. in Geography, University of Birmingham
Postgraduate Diploma in Local History, University of Kent at Canterbury (part time)
City & Guilds Diploma in Creative Crafts - Basketry, Parts I & II, London College of Furniture (part time)


2005 Grants to Artists, Arts Council England South West
2002 Development Award, South West Arts
1990 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant


Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Museum, Norwich
Contemporary Arts Society
Crafts Council Collection
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Ken Stradling Collection, Bristol
Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA
New Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Prior’s Court School, Oxfordshire
Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Somerset County Museums
Västra Götalandsregionen, NÄL Hospital in Trollhättan, Sweden
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Worcester Museum & Art Gallery


2010 Art for the Beacon Centre, Taunton & Somerset Hospital.
2010 Screens for Bournville Primary School, Weston super Mare
2009 Labelled, a major installation of 500 enamelled labels for Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery.
2007 Lead artist for refurbishment of Accident & Emergency Department, Taunton & Somerset Hospital. Work included design and installation of two screens and design of vinyl flooring and signage.
2006 Appointed by Bristol City Council and Crest Nicholson as lead artist to collaborate with Nick Childs, architect, on design of balustrades, doors & windows for building at Harbourside, Bristol.
1997 Trophies for the FT/ABSA Awards, with glass maker Bob Crooks
1993 Waste Bins in aluminium & steel for Castle Park, Bristol
1991 Baskets for the foyer of the Hewlett Packard Training Centre, Wokingham
1990 Baskets for Crafts Showhouse, Gateshead Garden Festival


Two week course at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, USA.

Straw, Twig and Branch 5 day course and conference at Nääs, Nr Gothenburg, Sweden

Other teaching has included short courses and lectures at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin; Glasgow School of Art; Bath College; Somerset College of Arts and Technology, Taunton; Crafts Council/OFSTED conference; Craft Curators’ Conference, Creative and Personal Development Workshop for the Makers Guild in Wales.

In addition I have delivered occasional workshops and demonstrations in conjunction with exhibitions and for craft organisations.

March 2011 Keynote Speaker for Mapping: Where Are we Now at Textile Forum South West Conference


2012 Selector for Craft in the Bay Summer Exhibition
2011 Selector and Judge for Black Swan Open Contemporary Craft Exhibition
2009 Selector for Brewery Arts Open Competition, Cirencester
2006 Selector for the Contemporary Craft, Fair Bovey Tracey


Material Conversations, Oxfordshire Basketmakers, Sewell Centre Gallery, Radley College, Oxfordshire

Look Out, Museu de la Pauma, Mas de Barberans, Catalonia, Spain
Volume 50: Chronicling Fiber Art for Three Decades, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA (catalogue)

Over Under: Under Over, curated by the Cordis Prize and Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2019- 2022
Group exhibitions at Gallery 57, Arundel

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 (tour, catalogue)

Fieldwork: New Work in Willow and other materials, solo show, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin (tour, catalogue)

Is It Wood? Ruthin Craft Centre

From Table to Wall, Flow, London
Badges & Buttons, Waistcoats & Vests, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA (tour)
Dail Behennah solo show, Dalslands Konstmuseum, Upperud, Sweden
Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA (catalogue)
Stitching & Thinking: Mending at the Museum, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, (catalogue)

Basketry: Making Human Nature, Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich
Drawing, Permanence and Place, Kunstverein, Coburg, Germany (tour, catalogue)
Baskets, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin (catalogue)
Green from the Get Go, Wayne Art Centre, Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA

The Honey Bee and the Hive, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

Intervention at Origin, Commissioned by the Crafts Council
10th Wave III: Art Textiles and Fiber Sculpture, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA

Collect, represented by Flow, V&A Museum, London
Affordable Art Fair, represented by Twenty Twenty, London

Palm Beach 3, represented by browngrotta arts, Palm Beach Convention Centre, USA
Llif, Flow, London and Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen (tour)
Urban Field, Contemporary Applied Arts, London (catalogue)
Touch, Stroudwater Textile Festival (catalogue)
East Weaves West, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (tour, catalogue)
Baskets as Architecture, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass., USA
Summer Show, Twenty Twenty, Much Wenlock
SOFA, Chicago, represented by browngrotta arts, USA

Dail Behennah: Wood & Stone, solo, Nääs Konsthantverk, Floda near Gothenburg, Sweden
SOFA, Chicago, represented by browngrotta arts, USA
Collect , represented by the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, V&A Museum, London
Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, USA (tour, catalogue)
SOFA, New York, represented by browngrotta arts, USA

Collect, represented by the Crafts Council, V&A Museum, London
Hands across the Border, Ruthin Craft Centre, (tour, catalogue)
SOFA New York, represented by browngrotta arts, USA
SOFA, Chicago, represented by browngrotta arts, USA

SOFA New York, represented by browngrotta arts, USA

The Unexpected Too, Sotheby’s, New York, USA
SOFA New York, represented by browngrotta arts, USA
SOFA Chicago, represented by the Crafts Council, USA

From Across the Pond, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA (catalogue)
Crossover, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk (tour, catalogue)
Natural Choice, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Wired, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA (catalogue)
Thirteen Hands Exhibition, curated by the Caol Crafts Team, West Highland Museum, Fort William, Scotland (tour, catalogue)

Art 2000 Represented by Adrian Sassoon, Business Design Centre, London
Give and Take – works presented to museums by the Contemporary Art Society in 2000, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire

Basketry 1999, Materia/The Hand & The Spirit, Arizona, USA
Contemporary Decorative Arts, Sotheby’s, London
Contemporary International Basketmaking, Organised by Crafts Council (tour, catalogue)
Japanese Connections, Falmouth, Cornwall and touring throughout Japan in 2000 (tour, catalogue)

Dail Behennah – Baskets, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A, London

Basketry III, Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
The 10th Wave, Brown/Grotta Gallery, Wilton, Connecticut, USA (catalogue)
British Basketmakers, Pro Art Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Recycling, Organised by Craftspace Touring (tour, catalogue)
Beyond the Bounds, Righton Gallery, Manchester (tour)

Out of This World, Organised by Crafts Council (tour)
Dail Behennah & Susan Harris, The Wetsman Collection, Birmingham, Michigan, USA

The British Invasion, Brown/Grotta Gallery, Wilton, Connecticut, USA (catalogue)
Chelsea Crafts Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Linear Equations, Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham

Work included on the Crafts Council stand at Chelsea Crafts Fair

Brilliant Baskets, Organised by Midland Arts Craftspace (tour)

Contemporary Basketmakers, Ruskin Craft Gallery, Sheffield