Making History

Celebrating Blackburn and Lancashire as a historic centre of making


The National Festival of Making brings our making heritage to life with contemporary cultural experiences – discover the history of making and manufacturing and explore how its history shapes the modern making landscape and our making futures.

Experience 2017’s headline project – Art in Manufacturing – a co-commission between Festival of Making and Super Slow Way. Monumental installations, poetic choral arrangements and dancing bakers come together as our centrepiece project sneaks a team of international artists through the factory gates of Pennine Lancashire’s world-class manufacturers.

10 artworks will be displayed across the town, created by artists who have undertaken residencies with legendary and innovative manufacturers in the region. The Festival of Making will play proud home to their surprising, moving and contemporary responses illuminating the region’s incredible making heritage – made from the factories’ materials, processes, products, stories and dreams.

Tour the work, meet the artists and get your hands on manufacturing materials at the free Art in Manufacturing workshops.


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12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team


The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund