Made In The Middle 2012
by Maggie Smith
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Contemporary craft from across the Midlands
You can read more about the makers and activites from this Made in the Middle on the exhibition blog.
You can find out more about the Made in the Middle series of exhibitions here.
More photos on the Made in the Middle flickr group here...
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Made in the Middle is the Midland’s principal exhibition of contemporary craft. 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.
This was the
seventh exhibition in the ongoing Made in the Middle series, originated by
Previously showing contemporary craft from the West Midlands, this year the exhibition has been expanded to include the East Midlands and celebrate creative practice across the whole region.
The exhibition launched at mac birmingham on11th February 2012 and toured until July 2013. Made in the Middle will launched in the East Midlands at Hub, the National Centre for Design and Crafts.
The exhibition built upon some of themes developed in the previous Made in the Middle: exploring maker’s lives and careers and a focus on a selected discipline.
This exhibition brings together 35 makers whose diverse
practice reflects the wealth of high quality work produced across the region
and the talent nurtured in the Midlands. In a changing economic climate this
Made in the Middle considers ‘Pathways to Craft’ through selected case studies
to draw out the various routes to careers in making. The exhibition aims to
demonstrate alternative ways to approach making, not only through the
exhibitors’ experiences but also through the action research project
Apprentices in the Making.
Made in the Middle also reflects on developments in craft. In recent years the use of digital processes and technologies has grown significantly. A focus on digital work highlights the growing interest in these processes and how makers are pushing technology to create innovative work.
As part of the development we ran an action research project with young people who are not in education, employment or training, to discover and challenge their preconceptions of craft and to introduce them to potential pathways within the sector.
Watch the video for the action research project and find out more on the project page.
“In light of the current economic climate and University course closures within the arts, we are interested in exploring ‘Pathways to Craft’ through the exhibition. In addition to the makers who have accessed the industry through higher education, we will also be featuring those exhibitors who have adopted alternative routes into craft.”
Emma Daker, Exhibition Organiser.
Andrew Tanner's exhibit 'English Hedgerow' was nominated in the digital category for the Design Museum’s sixth annual Designs of the Year. He was beaten by the GOV.UK website which was the overall winner too, so still a great acheivement. See more here on the Unanico website and here at the Design Museum site and the designs of the year website.
Anna Collette Hunt
James & Tilla Waters
Pottinger & Cole
Amy Twigger Holroyd
“My confidence has increased enormously, and I feel the experience of MiTM has enabled me to complete the transformation from emerging maker to established maker. I feel far more rooted and confident in my practice from the opportunities that has arisen from this experience.”
mac birmingham www.macarts.co.uk
The National Centre for Craft & Design www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk
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