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Made in the Middle

6 March – 29 April 2017

Contemporary craft exhibition 'Made in the Middle' is set to be displayed at Parkside Gallery between March 6 and April 29.

The partnership between Craftspace and The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design, is a recurring touring exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands. The eighth exhibition in the series, coordinated by Craftspace, is part of the organisation’s 30th anniversary programme, featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations.

The display

Through providing an opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the region, a wealth of creativity is 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. Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Projects Development Manager for Craftspace said:

“Craft is a vital source of revenue and innovation to the UK. 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 through the life of the sole trader. We will also build on the development of digital practices since the last exhibition.”


A panel of curators and craft sector specialists has selected 28 makers to have works on show. The group of exhibitors features individuals such as jeweller Dauvit Alexander, who creates striking jewellery for men combining found materials and precious gemstones, Aimee Boll who also takes inspiration from found items which she combines with minimal ceramic vessels, and John Grayson who uses traditional metal forming and enamel decorating processes to create whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects.

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.

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