Children’s Drawing

Throughout the period of the exhibition

There will be drawing materials available throughout the exhibition. We encourage all of the younger visitors to draw what inspires them. We will display the best!

Friday June 6th

3pm Coiled Basket making Demonstration

Saturday June 7th

10.30am Coiled Basket making Workshop

Horn of Africa Celebration

From 1pm  in the Market Place and Gallery

Come and watch traditional drumming, songs & dances join in if you are brave enough!

Umsi Drawing Demonstration

Sunday June 8th

11.00am – Umsi Drawing Workshop

3.00pm –  Open Poetry Reading

Hosted by Ahmed Magare & Ian Florence

Come along and share your poem!

Everyone welcome.

Monday June 9th

2.30pm Coiled Basket making Demonstration

Tuesday June 10th

2.30pm Coiled Basket making Demonstration


Details overleaf and on the website.

Please book workshop places in

advance by emailing:

Borama comes to Henley Horn of Africa Art Exhibition


This exhibition showcases the rich culture of Henley’s friendship link town of Borama, situated on the Horn of Africa. The town has a rich and varied culture and is stable and thriving –incredibly it now boasts three universities. Exhibits include::

·         Wooden Nomadic Vessels

·         Baskets

·         Textiles

·         Leatherwork

·         Jewellery

·         Braiding

·         History of friendship link

·         Ahmed Magare  – Art of the Diaspora

·         Children’s Drawing

·         SATURDAY Happenings including Music, Drumming, Song & Dance


How to find the Old Fire Station Gallery

Art and Crafts Exhibition

Text Box: Detail from wooden headrestThe Henley Borama Friendship Association have collected together art and crafts from Borama to celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of the Horn of Africa. Borama’s population retains a huge enthusiasm to build a solid future for the next generations. It has established three universities over the last 20 years and is one of the main providers of further education in the region. Come and find out more about this fascinating region!

It is a must see for anyone interested in wood carving, tribal leatherwork, beading, basketry and textiles. We will also be showing work of Ahmed Magare, an up and coming young artist from the Borama Diaspora in the UK. He has developed a technique of painting using fragranced henna. Both beautiful to look at and smell! We are very pleased that he has agreed to run some workshops on this technique. Please refer to workshop programme below for details.

Why is Henley linked with Borama?

After Twinning links with Leichlingen and Falaise had been established in 1980, Cllr Alan Jones proposed and Henley Town Council agreed that a friendship link should be established with a third world town. Borama was eventually selected and in 1982 Mayor Dr Noel Snell and a reporter from the Henley Standard visited Borama and presented a framed scroll formalising the link.

Sadly the Civil War (1988-91) interrupted communications, but in 1992 Dr Noel Snell and Malcolm Page visited Borama (now part of an independent Republic of Somaliland), to re-establish contact.

Over the years Henley and its residents have supported, both financially and practically, various initiatives in Borama, from road building, creating electricity infrastructure, medical aid and education. Henley has also welcomed numerous delegations from Borama and enjoys support and interest from the Somaliland Diaspora in the UK.

Samasons Relief is a non-profit, community-based organisation established in 2010 in Birmingham (England) by a group of successful Somali Diaspora. It’s aims are:

  • to support socio-economic development projects in the East Africa region
  • to assist integration of the invisible community in the UK
  • to coordinate resources and efforts through fundraising, training, capacity building
  • to unite the community through leadership development, public relations and advocacy

Samasons Relief is officially registered in the UK as a charity (registration number: 1144235). For more information on the projects currently being undertaken please visit

Programme Details

Book onto one of our workshop sessions – a great way to try something new! You will receive details of what to bring when we receive your booking.

Friday/Monday – School programme

Saturday 7th June

10.30am – 1.00pm

Coiled Basket making- Carol Crowdy

Learn the technique of coiling. You will start making a small coaster using garden bast. Please bring a large darning needle (large eye) if you have one. Bast included in the cost.

Carol Crowdy an experienced local craftswoman.

Sunday 8th June

10.30am – 1.00pm

Umsi Drawing – Ahmed Magare

Learn how to use this fantastic new media for drawing. A bespoke mixture of Henna and perfumed oils giving your art a whole new sensory dimension. You can also learn how to use nomadic brushes if you choose. Use the art and crafts on display for your inspiration. Drawings from this workshop will be hung in the gallery space permitting.

Ahmed Magare is currently an undergraduate of Birmingham City University’s School of Art.


3.00- 4.30pm –  Open Poetry Reading

Hosted by Ahmed Magare & Ian Florence

Come along and share your poem!

Everyone welcome.


To book a place please contact Carol by either emailing CAROL@ACE-LPM.COM or phoning 07901 821949