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Contemporary craft exhibition opens in Rugby this weekend

Andy Morris 19th Jan, 2018   0

MADE in the Middle, an exhibition of contemporary crafts, opens at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum this weekend.

Craftspace’s recurring touring exhibition of contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands visits the Little Elborow Street venue from Saturday (January 20).

The eighth in the series, Made in the Middle is an opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the Midlands.

Developed in partnership with Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, this Made in the Middle exhibition forms part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme.




Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, visitors can explore a wealth of creativity, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles.

Selected by an expert panel through open entry, 28 makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the Midlands.


Exhibitors include jeweller Dauvit Alexander, who creates jewellery from found materials and precious gemstones, and Aimee Bollu, who also takes inspiration from found items which she combines with minimalist ceramic vessels.

John Grayson uses traditional metal forming and enamel decorating processes to create whimsical decorative metal objects, while Karina Thompson pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery.

Made in the Middle runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until Saturday March 10.

A preview takes place from 6pm to 8pm on Friday (January 19), where visitors can meet some of the artists who have contributed to the exhibition.

Rugby Borough Council growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has a rich and varied programme for 2018 and we’re delighted to welcome Craftspace’s celebration of contemporary craft in the Midlands to start the year.”

Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft and Design. Visit www.madeinthemiddle.org for more information.

Visit www.ragm.co.uk for more information on exhibitions and events at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

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