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An older lady knits. She is wearning a knitted hat and cardigan.

Yarning

Yarning

A new play by Trevor Pitt

A rustic wooden shed on stilts containing a kiln and other tools, displayed in a gallery..

Will Shannon: The Closet Craftsman

Kiln House

Will Shannnon

A small vessel woven from willow.

Made in the Middle 2016

Made in the Middle 2012 exhibition

Maggie Smith: Willow Ware

Large boot shaped forms woven from chunky sectgions of dried grass.

Radical Craft

Grass Boots Replica

Joanne B Kaar (after Angus McPhee)

Jewellery shaped like simple black birds.

Shelanu

Migrating Birds range

Black enamelled sparrow series. Priced £15-22.

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Working With

Venues

Working with venues to engage and excite diverse audiences by exploring innovation in contemporary craft

We offer themed exhibitions touring nationally and internationally to galleries, museums and arts centres. We also devise small exhibitions and learning resources for educational, health, community and business settings. See 'For Hire' for more information on current projects.

Exhibitions are initiated and developed in partnership with a core group of venues to ensure shared ambitions. Made in the Middle 2006 was developed in partnership with Rugby Art Gallery and in close association with the venues taking the exhitbiion during it's tour. 

Themes and ideas are always explored and developed through action research projects with communities. At Home is an example of how we have worked in this way.

We establish supportive partnerships which take risks, learn, share and have lasting impact.  We are open to collaborations from interested venues. 

Exhibitions are available for hire as a complete package including: accessible interpretation, handling and learning materials, publicity and bespoke display furniture.

 

The exhibition encouraged me to unlearn many restraints I employ when visiting exhibitions

Strangers were actually talking to each other as they explored the exhibition

Exhibition visitors

A fascinating collection of amazing craft, people and projects

Judy Herman, researcher BBC Woman’s Hour on Made in the Middle

We were struck by the diversity of the work and potential the SELF exhibition offered for engagement and exploration.  The inclusion of Craftspace's Action Research Projects alongside extensive interpretative materials and a display of work produced for our own outreach programme, encouraged visitors to look at the exhibits anew.

Christine Millar, Arts & Heritage Education Development Officer, The McManus Galleries, Dundee

‘Handmade’ was more than a tour of contemporary crafts. The process of engaging a non art venue for the first time in hosting an exhibition paved the way for future partnerships. Handmade contributed to local makers’ professional development and generated a resource of exhibitors and workshop providers for us to tap into, and we do!

Lisa Shephard, Arts Development Officer, Cannock Chase District Council

 
Photographs © : Richard Battye, Joanne B Kaar
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Working with venues to engage and excite diverse audiences by exploring innovation in contemporary craft

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