2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Art in Manufacturing Season 2

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.



Art in Manufacturing will appear across Blackburn town in the following locations,

  • 18-20 Town Hall Street
  • Blackburn Market
  • Blackburn Museum
  • Cathedral Crypt
  • King William Street
  • Prism Gallery
  • The Cotton Exchange
  • Tony’s Ballroom

Find out more and follow the development of this year’s Art in Manufacturing commissions in our project pages




2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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