Charmian Adams (1937-2022) – Modern Artwork Society

It’s with nice disappointment that we be taught of the dying of Charmian Adams (1937-2022) who was an avid utilized arts collector and the Modern Artwork Society’s craft purchaser (2003-2005) of practically 30 objects which have been distributed all through UK public museums.


Charmian was passionate concerning the multitude of expertise present in all areas of the modern craft world. She would scour the outlets, artwork gala’s and craft exhibitions throughout the UK in seek for what was handmade and good design by each the celebrated names and rising crafts folks.


In 2003, she mentioned “I’ve chosen a really large spectrum of labor as a way to embrace some makers whose work doesn’t obtain the popularity it deserves. The modern crafts deserve to achieve a far wider public than they do at current.”


Aside from increase her personal assortment for over 40 years, she bought works for the Modern Artwork Society originally of the 21st century by artists reminiscent of Neil Wilkin, Felicity Aylieff, Dail Behennah, Tara Michelle Coomber, Ane Christensen, Jenny Crisp, Yoko Isawa, Angela Jarman, Caitlin Jenkins, Mo Jupp, Neil Macgregor, Alistair McCullum, Jennie Moncur, Julian Stair, Kate Malone and Wendy Ramshaw. They created objects in quite a lot of media: ceramic; silver and gold; willow; leather-based; glass; acrylic and textile.


She would have been completely happy to know that the Modern Artwork Society’s curiosity in craft continues to be as robust right now as ever, with the Ada Award and Griffin Award demonstrating that her affect lives on.


Additionally, The Holbume Museum in Bathtub (Charmian’s hometown in her later years), and for whom she was Patron, grew to become a museum member in 2022 following on from the Crafts Research Centre (CSC), College of Artistic Arts, Farnham in 2021; they may have craftworks donated to them by  the CAS over the following few years. The Holburne additionally held the exhibition Charmian Adams Accumulating Craft in 2019 which displayed her aptitude for recognizing high quality. She will likely be missed by the makers, from whom she enthusiastically commissioned new work, and the beneficiary establishments.