2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Assembly: Contemporary Sculpture Workshop with Maisie Pritchard

22nd September 2022

Learn the process of ‘paper pulping’ to create bold, contemporary sculpture as part of a collaborative project with artist Maisie Pritchard.


Assembly will see participants make together to form a body of work that will be exhibited at Prism Contemporary.

Join Maisie Pritchard as she shares with you her unique method of sculpture-making with paper clay during this FREE workshop. Together you will investigate the potential in low-value materials, found objects and waste, in order to make sculptures that renew discarded parts, pieces and components.

Workshop Details:

Date: 8th October

Time: 11am – 3.30pm

Location: Space Fifty Nine, 59 King William Street, Blackburn, BB1 7DJ

12 places available



Maisie will guide you through different stages of her making processes, from modroc-ing and pulping, to finishing and painting. You will transform a collection of furniture parts, domestic items, and waste materials into sculptural objects that will form a playful and ever-changing exhibition at Prism Contemporary in November.

A vegan lunch will be provided.

This workshop is open to anyone aged 16+. No previous creative experience needed!


What to expect:

  • Introduction to Maisie’s Practice
  • Get modroc-ing and pulping
  • Lunch – on us!
  • Finish and paint sculptures

This is a collaborative project and as such, each piece you work on may have been started by someone else, or may be finished by someone else. This will allow you to try out each part of the process during the day and result in a truly collaborative installation.

Assembly launched at the National Festival of Making weekend in June when Maisie invited participants into her pop-up studio to have a go at the process and contribute to some pieces for the exhibition.


Practical bits:

  • You must be 16 or over to take part.
  • Photographs will be taken during the course of the workshop and may be shared online, in print material and to promote National Festival of Making and/or Maisie Pritchard’s work in the future. If you would not like to be included in any photography, please let us know before the session.
  • Please let us know in advance of the workshop if you have any food allergies.
  • The location of the workshop has step-free access. There is no toilet in use however we can use the bathroom facilities at The Making Rooms over the road. They also have a step-free access entrance.


About Maisie Pritchard:

Maisie Pritchard has a material-based practice, and is concerned with the juncture between artistic production and functional design. Operating within this grey area, she is interested in how these disciplines can crossover to generate semi-functional sculptural artworks. Maisie is always thinking of ways to promote social engagement and fun within her practice by working collaboratively with artists and the public to create playful or useful artworks; especially through teaching, sharing, and exchanging creative skills and making processes.

Maisie is based at Paradise Works and was selected for Manchester School of Art graduate bursary in 2019.

Visit Maisie’s Website




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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