5th Anniversary of National Festival of Making in Blackburn

13 June 2023

A unique programme that combines art, manufacturing, making and communities.

The National Festival of Making, Saturday 8th July – Sunday 9th July, is an annual celebration of creativity, innovation, and craftsmanship, uniting makers, artists, designers, and enthusiasts to showcase their talents and share their passion with the community. With over 30 announced events and more to come, this year’s fifth anniversary promises a bustling weekend in Blackburn, featuring family-friendly workshops and events that blend art, manufacturing, and making.

National Festival of Making 2022

A significant strand of the festival is ‘Art in Manufacturing,’ a competitive headline commissioning programme that facilitates five artist residencies with top UK manufacturers, resulting in new work on show for the first time at the festival.  This includes: Multidisciplinary artist Ibukun Baldwin and state-of-the-art trouser and outerwear manufacturers Cookson & Clegg who together have created a large-scale immersive installation transforming waste denim into a work of art. Visitors can also enjoy an exhibition of animated confectionery boxes, recreating the wonder of opening a box of chocolates, brought to the festival through a partnership between Illuminos and The Cardboard Box Company.

Other highlights include:

To see the full programme of events click here.

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