Art in Manufacturing films revealed

Artists have been working with manufacturers across Pennine Lancashire and will soon bring their work to Blackburn town centre for audiences to enjoy throughout the festival weekend on 6th and 7th May.

With support from Creative Lancashire, we are working with Wash Design to create a series of films that capture the artists at work! Take a look to find more out.

Human Hands Present

Bella May Leonard and Silentnight

Embroidery artist Bella May Leonard has worked with bed manufacturer Silentnight to create a playful walk-in installation – a dreamlike meditation on sleep and modern machinery’s dependence on tender human hands.

Blackburn Cathedral Crypt / Sat & Sun 9-4



Lazerian and Cardboard Box Company

Liam Hopkins of Lazerian has used a stunning palette of colour from the archives of the Cardboard Box company to create walk-in cardboard ‘pods’ that will occupy a this vast and glorious heritage space – put on your hard hat for this intimate tour.

Cotton Exchange / Sat & Sun 11-6


Of Heart and Hand

James Bloomfield and Darwen Terracotta

James Bloomfield has worked with Darwen Terracotta’s workforce to create a monumental installation and individual cast objects that pay tribute to the role of the craftsman and form a true centrepiece of the festival.

Cathedral Square & Temple Gallery / Sat & Sun 11-6


Remember Me

Jamie Holman and Roach Bridge Tissues

Jamie Holman has worked with the industrial processes at Roach Bridge Tissues to resurrect a poem by William Billington in a trio of artworks: an ethereal lightbox installation, delicately printed tissue paper and a stirring choral performance of ‘Blackburn to the Fore!’

Prism Gallery / Sat & Sun 11-6
Blackburn Cathedral / Sat & Sun 2pm


The Social Fabric

Grennan and Sperandio and Panaz

Artists Grennan & Sperandio have been in residence at Panaz. Through their project ‘The Social Fabric’ four employees of the Burnley-based upholstery firm have had their lives, loves and work experiences turned into bespoke textile artworks for their homes.

1849 Private Dining Room, Fleming Square / Sat & Sun 11-5


12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team


The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund