Grey Bloom by Michael Eden, 2010

Fifty:Fifty partner announced

Moucharabieh + Jardin de lit, lit de jardin, Annie Bascoul, Lost in Lace featured maker

Moucharabieh + Jardin de lit, lit de jardin, Annie Bascoul, Lost in Lace featured maker

The Crafts Council and Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG) will work together to deliver a major contemporary craft exhibition in autumn 2011. The exhibition called Lost in Lace will take place at the Gas Hall at BMAG from the 29 October 2011 to 19 February 2012.

BMAG were picked from a shortlist of three institutions on the strength of their proposal to present an ambitious exhibition featuring twenty international artists, designers and makers who will explore the relationship between textiles, specifically lace, and architecture through site-specific installations.

The Fifty:Fifty Programme is an innovative biennial scheme in which the Crafts Council match fund up to £50,000 with a partner UK organisation. The Crafts Council and BMAG will develop Lost in Lace together, sharing resources 50:50.

“We are excited to be working with Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery on Lost in Lace this year. This is the first exhibition to emerge from the Fifty:Fifty Programme and we hope it will pave the way for more ground-breaking contemporary craft exhibitions with other cultural institutions in the future.” Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council.

“Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to be working in collaboration with the Crafts Council in presenting this exciting and ambitious exhibition. It is an opportunity for us to share resources and expertise and work together to continually support new opportunities to showcase the best in national and international contemporary crafts.” Rita McLean, Head of Museums and Heritage Services, BMAG.


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Notes to Editors

• Lost in Lace has also been supported by a Crafts Council Spark Plug Curator Award. This programme offers successful applicants £5,000 as active support to develop an ambitious, innovative and high quality exhibition project that engages with contemporary craft.

• Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery is the largest regional local authority Museum Service. The central Museum and Art Gallery was founded in 1885 and its collections have been designated as Outstanding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. In 2010 the Service attracted over a million visitors to its collections and temporary exhibitions programme. It is committed to displaying contemporary applied art and this includes one of the UK’s leading collections of contemporary metalwork.
‘Lost in Lace’ represents Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery’s ambitions to deliver a nationally significant exhibitions programme. This exhibition has been specifically supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

• The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.
o We believe that craft plays a dynamic and vigorous role in the UK’s social, economic and cultural life.
o We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to make, see, collect and learn about craft.
o We believe that the strength of craft lies in its use of traditional and contemporary techniques, ideas and materials to make extraordinary new work.
o We believe that the future of craft lies in nurturing talent; children and young people must be able to learn about craft at school and have access to excellent teaching throughout their education.

• 12% of the UK population visited a craft exhibition in 2009/10, and 18% participated in craft activity in the same year (DCMS/ACE Taking Part data update August 2010). (Taking Part is an ongoing survey being carried out by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England (ACE).

• More than 2.8 million visits were made to the Crafts Council website in 2009. To find out everything you need to know about where to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

• Crafts Council Craft Champions are; Linda Barker, Priscilla Carluccio, Sir Terence Conran, Siobhan Davies CBE, Duke of Devonshire, Norman Foster, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Tricia Guild OBE, Sir Mark Jones, Jude Kelly OBE, Cath Kidston, Corin Mellor, Michelle Ogundehin, Grayson Perry, Jon Snow, Sheila Teague, Sandi Toksvig, Sir John Tusa and Jeanette Winterson OBE and Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE. They all signed up to the Craft Matters campaign at to say that craft mattered to them.

• The Crafts Council is supported by Arts Council England. Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, it supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Between 2008 and 2011, Arts Council England will invest £1.3 billion of public money from government and a further £0.3 billion from the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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