Made In The Middle
by Maggie Smith
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Contemporary craft from across the Midlands
23 March 2013 - 11 May 2013
Bilston Craft Gallery Mount Pleasant Bilston WV14 7LU
25 May 2013 - 06 July 2013
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP
Click the link about to see visitors playing Jon's piece in the exhibition.
UPDATE: following a really great day, look out for links and info on the blog soon.
Developing your craft career in an expanded field, University of Wolverhampton, Friday 3rd May
A one day symposium to debate craft as an expanded field. How are makers diversifying their practice? What potential avenues are there for the application of creative thinking and skills? The event will develop the themes and pathways explored within the touring exhibition Made in the Middle.
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.
Made in the Middle provides an ideal opportunity to buy work by makers with a link the Midlands. Prices start at a few pounds and more details on what's for sale, how to buy, prices and images can be found on our blog.
More images and news about the exhibition go to the exhibition blog www.madeinthemiddle.org or follow the hashtag on twitter #madeitm
More photos on the Made in the Middle flickr group here...
Download the Teacher's Pack here...
Watch the video for the action research project here.
Made in the Middle is the Midland’s principal exhibition of contemporary craft, which takes place every three 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.
This is the seventh exhibition in the ongoing Made in the Middle series, originated by Craftspace. This year for the first time, East meets West as the exhibition will also feature work from makers based in or affiliated to the East Midlands, to reflect the skill and work available within the whole region.
The exhibition launched at mac birmingham on11th February 2012 and is touring until July 2013. Made in the Middle will launched in the East Midlands at Hub, the National Centre for Design and Crafts.
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. The exhibition will build 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.
Craftspace is delighted to announce that Craft & Design magazine will be its media partner for Made in the Middle. Look out for features about the exhibition in Craft & Design throughout the exhibition’s tour.
“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.
Anna Collette Hunt
James & Tilla Waters
Pottinger & Cole
Amy Twigger Holroyd
Our Partners are:
The National Centre for Craft & Design
Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.