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Made in the Middle


20 January - 10 March 2018

The Exhibition: Made in the Middle is a recurring touring exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands. 

The eighth in the series, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the region.  This exhibition is developed in partnership with Herbert Art Gallery and is part of Craftspace's 30th anniversary programme.

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 contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands or with a strong recent regional connection.

Selected exhibitors include jeweller Dauvit Alexander who creates striking jewellery for men combining found materials with 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.

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Adult Workshops to accompany Made in the Middle

Clare Pentlow Paper Cutting Workshop
Saturday 3 February, 10am – 4pm
£20 (Inc. materials)
Made in the Middle artist Clare Pentlow will be leading this day’s workshop, looking at different ways of working with paper and encouraging experimentation with paper sculpture.  Participants will leave with new skills to continue exploring at home. Book now

Grace Du Prez 3D Pen Jewellery Workshop
Saturday 3 March, 9.45am – 12.45pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm

£36 (Inc. Materials)
Join 3D Printing Pen Artist Grace Du Prez for a unique 3 hour workshop.  It combines all the excitement and innovation of new technology with the care and love of something handmade. Go home wearing your unique piece of jewellery or pass it onto a friend as a special homemade gift. Book Now

Lesley Ann French Ceramic Workshop
Saturday 17 February, 10am – 4pm

£45 (Inc. Materials)
Create vessels in clay and bring them to life with imaginative and inventive surface decoration.
With guidance from local ceramic artist Lesley-Ann French experiment with a variety of hand-building techniques including press-moulding, slab-work and extruded cylinders.
 Make vases and vessels with unique surface decoration by using printing, slip-work and glazing methods. All work will be fired to be your very own 'Made In The Middle' ceramic masterpiece. Book now

Bookings taken from January 2018, please book online or ring the Visitor Centre for assistance 01788 533217

Image: Detail of La Brexiteuse a petits talons John Grayson

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