Made in the Middle

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Made in the Middle: Contemporary Craft from the Midlands | Monday 13th March – Friday 7th April

We are pleased to announce a satellite of the Made in the Middle exhibition will be on show at the Vittoria Street Gallery in partnership with the Parkside Gallery This contemporary craft exhibition will be divided between our two sister galleries.

Our Vittoria Street Gallery will have the pleasure of showing a range of work which will be available to purchase at two special meet the maker events. The main show will be hosted at the Parkside Gallery

  • Made in the Middle – shop stock items by exhibitors – Vittoria Street Gallery from 13th March to 7th April
  • Made in the Middle – the main exhibition –  Parkside Gallery from 6th March  to 29th  April
  • Our Meet the Maker special events will  on Thursday 23rd March and Thursday 6th April 5 -7pm

About Made in the Middle

Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of creativity on display, including ceramics, glass, 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.

Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace  and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration The National Centre for Craft & Design. A recurring touring exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands, this is the eighth exhibition in the series. Coordinated by Craftspace, Made in the Middle is part of the organisation’s 30th anniversary programme.

The display

This edition presents thirty-two makers from across the Midlands, reflecting the strength and quality of making in the region today. From emerging to established makers, the exhibition presents a wealth of careers, materials and processes.

Since its launch in 1988, Made in the Middle exhibitors have been selected by an expert panel following an open call. The exhibition is a selling show which also creates an opportunity for makers to develop their practice and present new work. The recurrent nature of it enables us to reflect on the craft sector and to critically consider the place of craft and makers within an ever changing society.

Following recent and continued political uncertainty, with cuts to education and the arts, this exhibition examines, highlights and champions the true value of craft. At a time when craft education is at risk, it explores craft’s intrinsic value to society, culture and the economy.

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.”


32 makers have been selected by a panel of curators and craft sector specialists. 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.

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.

For more information visit the following links

Made in the Middle Blog

Made in the Middle 30

#madeitm30 #madeitm @tweetcraftspace

Meet the Maker – evening soiree

You are welcome to join us for an evening soiree in the Vittoria Street Gallery in association with Talking Practice. You will have the opportunity to meet Made in the Middle makers, have a chat and a glass of wine, and to purchase work from the exhibition. The soiree begins at 5pm and concludes at 7pm.

  •  Thursday 23rd March  |  joined by Dauvit Alexander, Emily- Kriste Wilcox, Hayley Beckley, Jane Littlefield, Libby Ward, Zoe Hillyard, Clare Wilson, Zoe Robertson
  • Thursday 6th April  |  joined by Chloe Smith, Clare Pentlow, Dauvit Alexander, Emily- Kriste Wilcox, Michala Gyetvai, Rachel Butlin, Zoe Hillyard, Melanie Tomlinson, Zoe Robertson

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Made in the Middle:Meet the Maker – symposium

Made in the Middle: Meet the Maker | Thursday 6 April

Symposium | 2-4.30pm

Soiree | 5-7pm

Free Tickets available – BOOK HERE

Talking Practice, in association with Vittoria Street Gallery and Craftspace, is delighted to present Made in the Middle: Meet the Maker. Please join us for an afternoon symposium exploring the routes into business for new and more established craftspeople, and an evening soiree in the company of the Made in the Middle exhibitors over a glass of wine.

The Symposium is comprised of two panels, the first with makers who are embarking on their careers and the second with those who are perhaps a little more seasoned by experience. They will give us a flavour of their work and the path its taken them on, and there’ll be discussions of the joys and pitfalls of making and selling within the craft field. This will be a really relaxed event, with plenty of tea and cake, so that you have a chance to chat to the makers themselves, and also to the other delegates. Audience questions will drive the final panel, and there’ll be lots of opportunities to get the inside track on making craft, exhibiting work, and running a business from people working in a range of disciplines and fields.


2pm – Welcome: Zoe Robertson, Sian Hindle (BCU) and Emma Daker (Craftspace)

Panel One: Rachel Butlin, Libby Ward, Chloè Smith – presentations and panel discussion

3pm – Tea, coffee and cake

3.30pm – Panel Two: Melanie Tomlinson, Zoe Hillyard – presentations and panel discussion.

4.30pm – Close

Following the Symposium, delegates are very welcome to join us for a evening soiree in the Vittoria Street Gallery. You will have the opportunity to meet other Made in the Middle makers, have a chat and a glass of wine, and to purchase work from the exhibition. The soiree begins at 5pm and concludes at 7pm.

Book your free tickets  – BOOK HERE