• 1 17.4.12 002.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham exhibition view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 1/45
  • 2 17.4.12 007.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham exhibition view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 2/45
  • 3 17.4.12 015.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham shop view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 3/45
  • 3a IMG_3319.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham shop view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 4/45
  • 4 17.4.12 016.JPG Traditional Path case study, 'Ashetier Charger' by Stuart Akroyd, free blown glass. Photo credit: Craftspace. 5/45
  • 4a IMG_3279.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham exhibition view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 6/45
  • 5 Laura McCafferty 2.JPG Textile and pen works by Laura McCafferty, mixed media. Photo credit: Craftspace. 7/45
  • 5a 17.4.12 033.JPG Vessels by Zoë Hillyard, Ceramic, silk and thread. Photo credit: Craftspace. 8/45
  • 6 IMG_3300.JPG Vessels by Zoë Hillyard, Ceramic, silk and thread. Photo credit: Craftspace. 9/45
  • 7 Marcus Steel.JPG Vessels by Marcus Steel, patinated base metal with silver detailing. Photo credit: Craftspace. 10/45
  • 8 17.4.12 025.JPG 'Combe' and 'Ellipse' by Gill Wilson barley straw. Photo credit: Craftspace. 11/45
  • 9 Kevin Grey case study.JPG Apprenticeships to Making case study, Silver vessels by Kevin Grey, tig welded, laser welded and hand raised silver. Photo credit: Craftspace. 12/45
  • 9a 17.4.12 034.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham exhibition view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 13/45
  • 10 17.4.12 037.JPG 'Naughty but Nice' by Kate McBride, ceramic. Photo credit: Craftspace. 14/45
  • 11 17.4.12 023.JPG Collection of metalwork and paper piece by Anna Lorenz. Photo credit: Craftspace. 15/45
  • 11 a 17.4.12 068.JPG 'Ghost Vessels' by Anna Lorenz, oxidised copper and fine silver. Background, textiles by Janette Matthews, black silk organza laser cut and hand manipulated. Photo credit: Craftspace. 16/45
  • 12 17.4.12 035.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham exhibition view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 17/45
  • 13 17.4.12 073.JPG 'Cylindrical Forms' by James and Tilla Waters, ceramic. Photo credit: Craftspace. 18/45
  • 14 Maggie Smith.JPG Making as a Second Career case study, Willow forms by Maggie Smith, mixed willow forms. Photo credit: Craftspace. 19/45
  • 15 17.4.12 012.JPG 'Trace' by Jan Garside, mixed media with hand woven hangings. Photo credit: Craftspace. 20/45
  • 16 17.4.12 084.JPG Landscapes by Clare Willard, coloured and laminated wood,laser cut and hand crafted. Photo credit: Craftspace. 21/45
  • 17 17.4.12 064.JPG Stitch-hacked garments by Amy Twigger Holroyd, stitch-hacked found garments. Photo credit: Craftspace. 22/45
  • 18 17.4.12 069.JPG 'Percussive Pots' by Jon Williams, eight thrown terracotta cylinders. Photo credit: Craftspace. 23/45
  • 19 Jennifer Collier.JPG Diversification from Making case study, Paper works by Jennifer Collier, paper. Photo credit: Craftspace. 24/45
  • 20 Jennifer Collier Hoover 2.JPG 'The Complete Illustrated Home' by Jennifer Collier, paper hoover. Photo credit: Craftspace. 25/45
  • 21 17.4.12 031.JPG Sculptural glass forms by Charlotte Clark, cast crystal. Photo credit: Craftspace. 26/45
  • 22 IMG_3302.JPG 'SSBR' chairs by Pottinger and Cole, ibrch ply and beech, CAD design,handmade. Photo credit: Craftspace. 27/45
  • 23 Imogen Luddy front.JPG Diversification New Pathways case study, Installation by Imogen Luddy, laser cut pieces. Photo credit: Craftspace. 28/45
  • 24 Vanessa Cutler.JPG 'P1 and P2' by Vanessa Cutler, Partially pierced water jet cut glass 20mm float glass on a granite base. Photo credit: Craftspace. 29/45
  • 25 17.4.12 044.JPG '60 Beats a Minute' by Karina Thompson, digitally programmed embroidery, polyester, cotton, rayon and metallic threads on polyester satin. Photo credit: Craftspace. 30/45
  • 26 17.4.12 051.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham exhibition view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 31/45
  • handling table and ipad.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham resource area including handling items. Photo credit: Craftspace. 32/45
  • IMG_0392.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, mac birmingham private view. Photo credit: Craftspace. 33/45
  • 1 Acknowledgement board and Maggie Smith.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum exhibition view. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 34/45
  • 2 shop in the middle.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum shop view. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 35/45
  • 3 install central space 6.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum exhibition view. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 36/45
  • 4 Anne Collette Hunt 2.JPG 'The Entomologist' by Anna Collette Hunt, ceramics with found elements. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 37/45
  • 5 install drum space 8.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum exhibition view. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 38/45
  • 6 install drum space 5.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum exhibition view. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 39/45
  • 7 Michele Arieu.JPG 'Duomo I, II, III' by Michelle Arieu, porcelain and gold leaf. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 40/45
  • 8 Jan Garside and Janette.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum exhibition view. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 41/45
  • 9 install far end space 3.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum exhibition view. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 42/45
  • IMG_1533.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Bilston Craft Gallery exhibition view. Photo credit: Bilston Craft Gallery. 43/45
  • IMG_1535.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Bilston Craft Gallery exhibition view. Photo credit: Bilston Craft Gallery. 44/45
  • IMG_1534.JPG 'Made in the Middle', 2012, Bilston Craft Gallery exhibition view. Photo credit: Bilston Craft Gallery. 45/45
Timeline

Made in the Middle 2012

This seventh and most recent exhibition in the Made in the Middle series marks the inclusion of the East Midlands to celebrate craft practice across the whole region.

In a changing economic climate, this Made in the Middle considered Pathways to Craft, drawing out various routes to careers in making. The aim of the exhibition was to demonstrate alternative ways to making as a career, not only through the exhibitors' experiences but also through the action research project Apprenticeships in the Making. You read more about this project in the Resources section Apprenticeships in the Making 2012 and watch the film of the project Videos

The exhibition was curated into a number of sections including: The Tradtional Path, Apprenticeships to Making, and Making as a Second Career which explored routes to practice. The exhibition also considered how, once established, makers diversify their income or keep their practice relevant and fresh. These themes were considered through the following sections: Diversification of Practice, Diversification from Making and Developing New Pathways. You can read more about the exhibition themes in the 2012 catalogue Catalogues

The 2012 exhibition was selected by Michael Eden, ceramicist; Teleri llyod-Jones, Assistant Editor, Crafts magazine; Craig Ashley, Producer, Visual Arts, mac birmingham; Melanie Kidd, Head of Exhibitions, The National Centre for Craft & Design, Hayley Banks, Project Officer, Design Factory and Heather Rigg, Director, Designer Maker West Midlands. It was curated by Emma Daker, Craftspace; Craig Ashley mac birmingham and Liz Cooper, The National Centre for Craft & Design.

Exhibitors

 

Tour Schedule

  • mac birmingham
    11 February - 15 April 2012

  • Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery
    31 March - 28 April 2012 (shop stock only)

  • The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford
    28 April - 1 July 2012

  • Wem Town Hall, Shropshire
    12 Jul - 8 Sep 2012 (shop stock & action research only)

  • Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
    15 September - 27 October 2012

  • Hereford Museum & Art Gallery
    10 November 2012 - 2 January 2013

  • Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
    12 January - 9 March 2013

  • Bilston Craft Gallery
    23 March - 11 May 2013

  • Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
    25 May - 6 July 2013