Last Tuesday me and Phil went to the MAC after work for a valentine’s day screening of Brief Encounter. Prior to the film we visited the Made in the Middle craft exhibition which is currently located at the MAC prior to going on tour. Going to a craft exhibition after work isn’t Phil’s first choice for an evening out but as it was valentines day he couldn’t really say no:) Plus he had a film screening afterwards to make up for it.
The Made in the Middle exhibition features work by regional artists working in various crafty mediums, which this year included paper, textile, jewellery, and pottery. My absolute favourite pieces were by Clare Willard who creates amazing images which have a print-like quality and boldness by laser cutting and laminating wood:
One of the key themes of the exhibition was the background of the artists and how they had gotten into craft careers. It was really fascinating to see the number of artists who had moved into artistic careers through evening courses.
Below are a handful of images of pieces from the exhibition.
English Hedgerow by Andrew Tanner and Unanico: