In the days surrounding the weekend celebration of making, Creative Lancashire in association with Crafts Council and other partners will again present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners, makers and those working in related industries or connected fields.
Sessions will explore the relationship between making, skills, and new or emerging technologies through a variety of applications, interventions and interactions with arts and crafts. Focus areas will include: the crucial role of creativity and making in helping businesses to innovate and solve problems; the skills we need to teach now, in readiness for our “factories of the future”; and how creative skills are applied in industry and their role in supply chain innovation.
Our conference programme will also take a look back to the moment when the most disruptive and important tech creation of its time – the Macintosh computer – first made its appearance in design studios, on the desks of layout artists and graphic designers.
The series kicks off with special preview screenings of Graphic Means. This documentary film by Briar Levit considers what the industry looked like prior to the moment when the first Macintosh computer was introduced. We also discuss the history and impact of this period ina a Q&A with designers Malcolm Garrett and Ian Swift (AKA Swifty), who are both featured in the film, and Tash Willcocks, an experienced designer and lecturer now working with Hyper Island with host Dave Kirkwood // Screenings on the 10 May at UCBC, Blackburn & 16 May at The Continental, Preston
For the full conference programme, agendas, speaker biographies, related blogs and more information please visit the dedicated conference website
Other events in the this year’s series include a session hosted by Ruth Heritage assessing the economic benefit of incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces (IACs), and what they mean for public policy in terms of encouraging innovation within the region. Also examined are the the characteristics of these spaces and the services they offer, as well as their broader role, including supporting the regeneration of places.
And the conversation continues on into June, where we’re joined by Dave Kirkwood for an extended roundtable discussion considering the creative process in relation to idea making and decision taking. Commissioned and self-initiated work have different dynamics – do they influence decision taking and, more interestingly, do they affect idea making? Hosted by Catarina King (Society 1)
Another discussion will explore the roles of museums, libraries, arts, cultural institutions and collections in cities of the future. Guest contributors representing key cultural institutions from across the region and beyond will consider how to make creative organisations and spaces more inclusive and democratic, more relevant to young people and others who do not normally engage, and more integral to the needs of society.
The programme also includes studio events where learners can gain first-hand experience of working with manufacturers, as well as intimate roundtables and Meet the Maker workshops featuring Swifty and others.
We’ll be recording many of the talks for future broadcast on our new Podcast channel and we’ll also be sharing the broader impacts of the conference in a post-conference publication.
Look out for more Festival of Making conference-related events throughout the year as we aim to inspire more people to connect with materials, and be inspired to make and create.
Thursday 10 May 2018
17.30 – 19.30
Graphic Means: Special Preview Screening
with introduction by Ian Swift (AKA Swifty) (University Centre, Blackburn College)
Friday 11 May 2018
14.00 – 15.30
Meet the Maker: Swifty with Dave Kirkwood
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018
Crafts Council Real to Reel Film Festival
(King Georges Hall & Blackburn Cathedral)
Swifty – Instant Lettering
A new exhibition of Letraset based works (Blackburn Cathedral – until 18 May)
Wednesday 16 May 2018
14.00 – 16.30
PPL Roundtable: Co-working & Accelerators (People’s Production Lab, Preston)
18.00 – 21.00
Graphic Means: Special Preview Screening & Conversations in Creativity Q&A
Hosted by Dave Kirkwood, with Swifty, Malcolm Garrett, Tash Willcocks.
(Continental Arts Space, Preston)
Thursday 17 May 2018
10.00 – 12.00
Our Future is in the Making: Skills & Factory 4.0 Roundtable
Led by Hannah Stewart (RCA) and Crafts Council (Paulinus Room, Blackburn Cathedral)
13.00 – 16.30
Business Innovation Growth (BIG) Symposium
Hosted by Hannah Stewart and featuring key note presentations by Annie Warburton (Crafts Council), Hannah Stewart (RCA) & Mo Isap (IN4.0 & NFORM Education) & Charles Hadcock (Chairman, Creative Lancashire) – Full line-up TBA (Blackburn Cathedral)
18.00 – 21.00
Conversation in Creativity: Martyn Ware
Hosted by John Robb (Blackburn Cathedral)
Monday 21 May 2018
18.00 – 21.00
Conversations in Creativity: Art in Manufacturing
Panel Discussion hosted by Jamie Holman – full line-up TBA (Blackburn Museum)
Thursday 7 June 2018
18.00 – 20.00
Let’s Talk: Idea making and decision taking as a part of the creative process with guest speaker: Dave Kirkwood
(Society 1, Preston)
Thursday 5 July 2018
18.00 – 20.00
Let’s Talk: Spaces & Places
Role of Cultural Institutions & Collections Roundtable – In association with the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library and Society 1 (People’s Production Lab | 55 Guildhall Street, Preston)
Future Events tbc
Digital Lancashire: Women in Tech Event (June: Preston)
Conversations in Creativity: Lubaina Himid (Oct/Nov: Preston)