Made in the Middle
Contemporary Craft from the Midlands. A Craftspace touring exhibition 2016-2018
Craftspace present a wealth of talented makers from across the Midlands. On the 2nd December 2016, Craftspace’s contemporary craft exhibition Made in the Middle, opens at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. Made in the Middle is a recurring touring exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands. The eighth in the series, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the region. This exhibition is developed in partnership with Herbert and is part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme.
Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of creativity on display, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles. Selected by an expert panel through open entry, it promotes the best of contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands or with a strong recent regional connection. 28 makers have been selected by a panel of curators and craft sector specialists. The makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the region.
‘Craft is a vital source of revenue and innovation to the UK, ‘Craft generates £3.4 billion for the UK economy…150,000 people are employed in businesses driven by craft skills.’ (Crafts Council 2014). With recent changes to country’s economy we are keen to highlight and explore the value of craft both in economic terms and social contribution. Through the work and careers of the selected makers, the exhibition will explore enterprise – making as a business – through life of the sole trader . We will also build on the development of digital practices since the last exhibition.’ Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Projects Development Manager, Craftspace.
The exhibition will continue its tour to major galleries across the Midlands into 2018 raising the profile of regional makers and giving them the opportunity to sell their work to regional and national collectors. Visitors are encouraged to consider commissioning new work from local makers and a range of more affordable work will be available to buy, whether your budget is a few pounds or a thousand pounds.
Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design.
Exhibition dates and events:
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum: 2 December 2016 – 19 February 2017
Launch event: Thursday 1 December, 6.30- 8.30pm
Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University: 6 March – 29 April 2017
The National Centre for Craft & Design: 13 May – 8 July 2017
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum: 10 Feb – 7 April 2018
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP. Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00 Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm