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Making Moves II

Ruth Spaak


mixed materials form a circular shape with rising up twigs forms

Making Moves II

Gizella Warburton


Embroidery based on coins and phases of the moon

Making Moves II

Karina Thompson

Work from her residency at Soho House, Birmingham

Annette talks to a group of ladies sitting around a table in the library, some wearing hats.

Making Moves II

Workshop with Annette Lucas

From the Pilot project with Birmingham City Council


Making Moves II

Project Summary

The tour has been extended to inlcude 2 new Birmingham venues this autumn/winter.

21 November – 12 December

Birmingham Repertory Theatre & Library of Birmingham
Foyer space, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND 

14 December - 2 February 

mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

From the 26th November until 1st December you can also take part in our Story Meadow project for the library's Discovery Season.

There are some new films on our You Tube playlist

Photos of the project on flickr.

More project info at

and on the project blog.

Making Moves II is a craft development initiative which builds on a seven year partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Craftspace.

In a new two year phase the partnership has evolved across the West Midlands pairing four HE institutions with a range of Local Authority Arts Development Officers. The programme will comprise residencies to explore commissioning models, touring exhibitions and opportunities for students, graduates and professional makers.

The project aims to enrich the student experience, develop opportunities for new graduates & established artists and provide opportunities for audience participation.

The 4 residency partnerships are:

  • Staffordshire Heritage and Arts Service, Stoke-on-Trent City Council  and Staffordshire University
  • Birmingham City Council and Birmingham City University
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Wyre Forest District Council and University of Wolverhampton
  • Warwickshire County Council, Warwick District Council, Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Coventry University


The residencies which will run from September 2011 – March 2013 there will be a touring exhibition which showcases all 9 residencies that will tour throughout the partner’s regions from June 2012 – May 2013.


Making Moves, funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, is led by Staffordshire County Council and Craftspace and builds on the success of a partnership which, since 1998, has explored new models for touring contemporary craft to develop both makers and new audiences.

Pilot Project with Birmingham City Council

Craftspace in partnership with Birmingham City Council Arts Service ran a pilot Making Moves II residency in the Northfield Constituency of Birmingham. Artist and milliner, Annette Lucas was artist in residence at Frankley Library from January - March 2011. Annetteworked with the Frankley community creating hats and accessories in response to their environment. The results of these was shown in an exhibition at the Library from 24th – 26th March. The residency gave Annette time to research and develop ideas for new work. Annette kept a blog with regular updates of how the residency went:

Photographs © : Annette Lucas

Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.

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