Made In The Middle: Series

A small rustic vessel made using all parts of the willow.

Maggie Smith, Willow Ware (Made in the Middle 2012)

Contemporary craft from across the Midlands

Touring exhibition

A new website celebrating 30 years of Made in the Middle has launched.

Made in the Middle is the Midland’s principal selling exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art. The 2016-18 exhibition was the eighth in the ongoing series which has been developed over the last thirty years.

It promotes the best of recent craft from makers with a regional connection and it is popular with audiences, galleries and collectors. Besides achieving an excellent level of sales, many makers gain from further commissions and exhibiting opportunities.

Made in the Middle plays an important role in developing and supporting craft audiences in the areas that it tours to. It aims to improve their understanding of craft, as well as creating opportunities to see and to purchase craft by regional makers.

Application and selection

Selected by an expert panel through open entry, the exhibition promotes the best of contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands or with a strong regional connection.
We publicise opportunities to exhibit as widely as possible in our newsletter,on social media and through local and arts industry media and newsletters.


The exhibition development always includes an action research project where we work with local communities to develop themes from the latest exhibition.

Working with…

We develop these exhibitions with partner venues in the East and West Midlands.

Where Next?

Digital Commission Opportunity

Deadline: 17 June 2024

A view of an exhibition in a gallery. In the foreground is an embellished knitted jumper on a frame. Behind are ceramic vessels and on the wall are bright woven wall hangings.

Graphic and Exhibition Design Opportunities

Deadline: 17 June 2024

A view of an gallery. In the foreground are contemporary ceramics in the background the Made in the Middle logo.

The Big Give

Help us raise £2500 to double the difference.

A young woman sits at a workbench working on a silver chain with pliers.

Made in the Middle 30: online exhibition

Browse the Made in the Middle online exhibition. Great for schools and anyone doing an arts award.

A screen shot of the home page of showing the logo and a large necklace.


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