Made in the Middle 2016-2018

Contemporary craft from across the Midlands

A partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

A group of small simple items made from a smooth, hard material. Cup-like forms with decoratoins like brushes and small knobs. Some are reminiscent of shaving brushes.

REAnimate Sensory playground by Zoe Robertson (Photo: Kate Rossin)

Celebrating 30 years of Craftspace

Touring Exhibition

The tour has now ended.

Made in the Middle is an important touring exhibition which showcases and sells some of the best contemporary craft and applied art from across the Midlands.

The current exhibition is 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  is popular with audiences, galleries and collectors. Besides achieving an excellent level of sales, many makers gain from further commissions and exhibiting opportunities.

The selectors were:
Philippa Prinsloo, Head of Design, Home, John Lewis
Will Farmer, Director of Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd and ceramics and glass specialist with BBC’s Antiques Roadshow
Angie Boyer, Editorial Director, craft&design magazine
Rosie Addenbrooke, Exhibitions & Events Manager at Culture Coventry
Bryony Windsor, Head of Exhibitions at The National Centre for Craft & Design

Find out more about the application process here.

Working with…

This exhibition is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

craft&design magazine are our media partner for Made in the Middle exhibition.  They are also one of our prize sponsors. Look out for features about the exhibition in craft&design throughout the exhibition’s tour.


The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.


The exhibition launched at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry on 3rd December 2016 and is touring for approximately eighteen months. The first East Midlands venue in the tour is the The National Centre for Craft & Design in May 2017.

The prize winners!

Prizes were awarded during the launch at the Herbert to:

Best Newcomer sponsored by Craft&Design – Theo Wright
Innovation sponsored by Crafts Magazine and Craftspace- Aimee Bollu
One to Watch sponsored by Encraft – Interlace
Best Exhibitor sponsored by Fieldings Auctioneers – Clare Pentlow



Invited Artists

A consistent element of the Made in the Middle exhibition since 2002 is to invite a small number of makers to exhibit alongside those selected from the open call.

This enables us to feature practices or disciplines which haven’t come through the selection or aren’t represented by many exhibitors. The invited makers tend to have a well-established practice within the region or they are exploring interesting or innovative techniques within their work.

This time the invited makers are:

Where Next?

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.

Made In The Middle: Series

Made in the Middle is the Midland’s principal exhibition of contemporary craft.

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


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