2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July


INDUSTRIALISED was an exhibition of artists featuring contemporary reflections on the rich layers and stories of making and manufacturing, and the human stories of these factory workforces, seen through the lens of eleven multi-disciplinary international artists, as part of our 2019 programme.


Artists have continued to rely on the skills of fabricators, forgers, casters and welders to realise their creative works and place them in the public view. Artists from Lowry to Rauschenberg have been heavily inspired by the visual imagery of factories and the humanity of the industry working inside them. Industrialised was a showcase of contemporary artists and current approaches to working with, or reflecting on these same subject matters, and in this we see a new set of social commentaries on industries deeply resonant effect on global and local politics, social structures and our environment today.

INDUSTRIALISED opened at The National Festival of Making, and ran until September 2019 at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Featured Artists: Jasleen Kaur, Charles Freger, Mandy Payne, Kate Haywood

With: Andre Stitt, Chrisoula Kostankakou, Karen Mathison, Pascal Ungerer, Sue Rossiter, Zoe Robertson, Jason Taylor, Maria Kapajeva, Katie Watson

Curator:  Alex Zawadzki



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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