Who are we?
About BABA and how to contact us
As a result of the vision of a handful of pioneers, and with some inspiration from abroad, the British Artist Blacksmiths Association was created in 1978, with 30 charter members.
The organisation now numbers some 600 full members, with other overseas subscribers receiving our Magazine by subscription only. Our members come from around the globe. Most are professionals, but there are many students, amateurs, organisations and supporters contributing to the overall vitality. BABA is the collected and distilled essence of what makes blacksmiths similar to each other and different from those whose principle interests lie elsewhere. BABA is not exclusive and does not vet membership. In fact, the chief aim of the group is to share the knowledge, experience and fellowship we feel is necessary to maintain and forward the art.
To this end, we:
- Organise forge-ins and hold an annual conference
- Hold masterclasses
- Publish for members a magazine (usually 4 issues per annum) and monthly newsletter
- Maintain this website.
- Offer a competitive insurance scheme
- Offer an extensive list of books for sale on ironwork and related subjects.
- Organise gallery exhibitions
- Organise the production of large public sculptures in which the talents of as many members as possible are showcased
We welcome your membership should you decide to join us.
You can also subscribe to our magazine without becoming a member, but only if you reside outside the United Kingdom
For all general enquiries please contact our Secretary via the main BABA contact email on this site.
Please contact our Website Administrator with new items, errors and omissions, or comments.
You may contact specific Council members using the main contact email on this site (your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person) or the 'phone numbers below.
The BABA Council 2017-2018
Charles Kendall (Membership Secretary) 01455 283490
Dick Quinnell 01372 374791
Ned Willett 07476 065545
Giles Clarke 07798 743789
Rebecca Knott 07753 382337
Stuart Ryan 07910 071253
Lucy Quinnell - 'Artist Blacksmith' Editor 01372 386453
Daniel Baldwin 07794 965738
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