Front Room Factories – Call for Makers

In April 2017, the National Festival of Making is making a short film that will celebrate local ‘Front Room Factories.’

Making this film is Lancashire born artist and film-maker, Simon Williams. Together with the film-maker, the National Festival of Making is looking for home based makers from the Blackburn, Darwen and Pennine Lancashire communities.

Simon is a friendly and well-respected filmmaker, who has worked with some of the biggest names in art, television, design and more. You can see his incredible work at O Productions.

‘Front Room Factories’ looks to document and capture three makers working from their front rooms, kitchen tables and garden sheds. The film will be shown at The National Festival of Making on May 6th and 7th this year.

We’re interested in filming and photographing makers as they work for a few hours in their homes, capturing making alongside everyday activities.

The film we will make will be a beautiful, short montage of shots of 3 different ‘Front Room Factories’ telling the story of what they make and giving an insight into people and place.

Please share the link to this page and film with people in your networks.

If you’re a home based maker, we want to hear from you. Get in touch with Elena Gifford from the festival team:


Facebook: @festofmaking

Twitter: @festofmaking


Front Room Factories is part of The National Festival of Making’s headline project Art in Manufacturing.

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