Blackburn Exposed

Blackburn Exposed is the National Festival of Making’s programme of films made in Blackburn or made by Blackburn filmmakers or made about making!

Hosted by the Bureau Centre for the Arts, the former St John’s Church is now a much-loved Arts and Community space, a real artists’ warren, packed with ?lm, photography, exhibitions and maker-led workshops.

Premieres of two specially commissioned Festival of Making ?lm projects. Blackburn’s award winning director Aaron Dunleavy and the young ?lmmakers of Blackburn Youth Zone present We Take Them and We Make Them, a project inspired by Mitchell & Kenyon. Art in Manufacturing film commission Front Room Factories by O Productions, a celebration of homebased makers.

Download the programme here



We have the northern premiere of the ?rst ?lm festival devoted to entirely to craft. Comprised of 44 ?lms shown over 3 nights, expect animations, documentaries and portraits of makers from the UK and beyond – including ceramic artist Kate Malone, metalsmith Simone ten Hompel, letterpress artist Martin Clark and many more! There’s also room for a bit of comedy and some distinctly abstract entries.
Tickets available here

More info here

The Bureau will also be hosting the Lancashire Photography Open exhibition, pizza making workshops, and film photography workshops from Obscura Darkroom.
A licenced bar is open, plus cafe serving cafe, popcorn and hot drinks.

The Bureau, Victoria St, Blackburn (was St John’s Centre)


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