What happens when you cross seven of the UK’s most adventurous artists with the machinery of Lancashire’s premier industrialists?
A soundscape experience in an eerily abandoned ballroom, the full-bodied embrace of a wallpaper mill’s colour capabilities, a cardboard cinema and the procession of tons of industrial machinery are all set to feature in the second year of Art In Manufacturing, returning to The National Festival of Making in Blackburn, Lancashire between Sat 12 – Sun 13 May 2018.
Placing the heritage tools, materials and expertise of a diverse range of companies into the hands of seven, specially-commissioned artists, each will take up residency on the factory floor of busy manufacturers to create ambitious new works of art.
Introduced for the first time in 2017, Art In Manufacturing’s groundbreaking approach to the alchemy of culture, heritage and large-scale making resulted in the internationally-acclaimed sculptural installation Chromatogram, a collaboration between Manchester-based creative studio, Lazerian and Accrington’s The Cardboard Box Company, and Traysway, the humorous and heart-warming contemporary dance performance by Ruth Jones and bakers from Burnley’s Cherry Tree Bakery. In its second year, Art In Manufacturing further develops the principles of artistic freedom, a bracing clash of cultures and dramatic town centre installations of each new commission.