2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Apply to join our Board of Directors

11th November 2020

Festival of Making Community Interest Company is expanding it’s Membership of the Board of Directors as we develop the organisation and its governance.

We aim to recruit up to 2 new Board Directors to continue to strengthen and diversify the team.

Until now, a small board of working directors has taken ultimate responsibility for the strategic direction, development and governance of NFM supported by regular Stakeholder Meetings. In the development of our organisation, we see great value in expanding the number of appointed Directors to; scrutinise the work of the organisation and provide guidance in how
we set values and standards to best ensure the work we deliver serves the community we serve, and that funds are appropriately allocated.


As a Board Member, you’ll be part of a team creating opportunities for tens of thousands of people to take part in high quality artistic and making experiences that engage the cultural industries with the industrial sector and regional communities. The Board, with the Festival Directors, will be responsible for steering the Festival and Community Interest Company towards deeper levels of engagement, a continued focus on quality commissioning, year-round work, business development, and governance and maintaining and expanding the existing advocacy role the Festival plays in place specific cultural creation in the North of England.


Applicants must have a passion for arts and culture and have worked in a meaningful / influential and / or strategic role within their sector or area of work. As we look to develop the experience and knowledge base of the board, we especially encourage candidates with expertise in the following professional practices to apply:

  • Directorship of ACE National Portfolio Organisations or Arts Leadership
  • Maker Industries and/or Manufacturing
  • Community Engagement and Participation
  • Young People
  • Expertise in Digital Technologies
  • Fundraising
  • Expertise in Legal, Commercial, and/or Finance and Audit

Further Details and Application Guidance

We are committed to the Arts Council England, Creative Case for Diversity and recognise the inequalities within the sector. We would welcome applications from those who reflect the diverse nature of the local communities we serve, particularly in Blackburn, Lancashire. NFM is committed to equality for everyone and we encourage you to apply no matter what your age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. We actively encourage candidates from all backgrounds and from all sectors.

In this recruitment cycle, we are particularly interested in hearing from those with a lived experience of disability and from candidates from Black, and/or South Asian heritage backgrounds.

These are voluntary positions with travel and expenses to board meetings refundable.

For more information and details on how to apply, download the full Information Pack below.



All photographs are from the National Festival of Making. Image 1 – Anna Ray, photo – Robin Zahler. Image 2 – Aunty Ji’s Making Corner, photo – Robin Zahler. Image 3 – Maker’s Market, photo – Robin Zahler. Image 4 – Lazerian, photo – GS Visuals. Image 5 – Ri Ri’s Dance Academy, photo – Robin Zahler.



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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