Between now and the National Festival of Making on 6th and 7th of May, the artists will be taking up residence in some of the nation’s top industries that we have on our doorstep in Pennine Lancashire. The artists will be working with and responding to the manufacturers, including experimenting with different processes, materials, methods and technologies to produce a piece of work that will be unveiled at the first ever Festival of Making that will take over Blackburn Town Centre for the whole weekend. From clay to injection moulded plastic to tissue paper – artists will be working with the materials of Pennine Lancashire’s artisan industrialists to create contemporary works that demonstrate a proud local manufacturing heritage.
At the festival, people will be able to tour the work, meet the artists and get their hands on manufacturing materials at the free Art in Manufacturing workshop.
The Festival of Making is a FREE family festival, showcasing innovative art installations, hands-on workshops, live performances and markets promoting handmade products. Visitors will be able to find fine foods and craft ales and will be invited to celebrate the unique diversity, innovation and skills in British making and manufacturing that is central to Blackburn and Pennine Lancashire’s cultural heritage.