Charmian Adams (1937-2022) – Modern Artwork Society

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


Charmian was passionate in regards to 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 individuals.


In 2003, she stated “I’ve chosen a really extensive spectrum of labor with the intention to embrace some makers whose work doesn’t obtain the popularity it deserves. The modern crafts deserve to succeed in 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 at first of the 21st century by artists resembling 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 joyful to know that the Modern Artwork Society’s curiosity in craft continues to be as sturdy right this moment 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, turned a museum member in 2022 following on from the Crafts Examine Centre (CSC), College of Inventive Arts, Farnham in 2021; they may have craftworks donated to them by  the CAS over the subsequent few years. The Holburne additionally held the exhibition Charmian Adams Gathering Craft in 2019 which displayed her aptitude for recognizing high quality. She might be missed by the makers, from whom she enthusiastically commissioned new work, and the beneficiary establishments.