Major Contemporary Craft Exhibition: Made in the Middle

Made in the Middle:  Major Contemporary Craft Exhibition

13 May – 9 July 2017

 The National Centre for Craft & Design
Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW

Zoe Robertson – REAnimate Sensory playground

 Made in the Middle is part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme and is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design.

Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of creativity 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.

28 makers have been selected by a panel of curators and craft sector specialists. The makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the region.

Zoe Hillyard – Ceramic Patchwork

‘Craft is a vital source of revenue and innovation to the UK, ‘Craft generates £3.4 billion for the UK economy…150,000 people are employed in businesses driven by craft skills.’ (Crafts Council 2014).

‘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 – making as a business – through life of the sole trader . We will also build on the development of digital practices since the last exhibition.’ Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Projects Development Manager, Craftspace.

Rachel Butlin – Five part statement walnut necklace

Selected exhibitors include jeweller Dauvit Alexander who creates striking jewellery for men combining found materials and precious gemstones, Aimee Bollu who also takes inspiration from found items which she combines with beautiful minimal ceramic vessels, John Grayson who uses traditional metal forming and enamel decorating processes to create whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects and Karina Thompson who pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery.

Vicky Shaw: Bowl Cylinder composition 1

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.

A new website celebrating 30 years of Made in the Middle has recently launched. The online exhibition features 30 makers from almost 250 who have exhibited during the 30 year history of the exhibition and draws on the wealth of resources created to tell the story of Made in the Middle from 1988 to the present.

A programme of special events and activities supports the exhibition.

Zoe Hillyard – Ceramic Patchwork | |

Photo credit: Kate Rossin