2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Lancashire Emerging Artists: Open Call for Graduate Micro-Commissions

13th August 2020

The National Festival of Making is inviting applications from 2020 creative industry graduates of Lancashire-based Degree programmes in an exciting new Open Call

We are looking to commission 3 individual artists or artist collectives who have graduated from Lancashire-based degree programmes to deliver an artistic project / piece of work that responds to the National Festival of Making themes.

These commissions seek to offer supported opportunities to ensure that 2020 Graduates have the opportunity to make new and exciting work during this period of significant global change.

The Opportunity

The Open Call is an invitation for 2020 graduates of creative, cultural industry and art degree programmes based in Lancashire, to consider what they would like to create as part of the new Festival of Making programme delivered in the autumn of 2020 & Spring 2021 – we are seeking imaginative and distinctive ideas that engage our multi generational and diverse audiences and which align with our work.

Festival of Making Themes: 


We are open to projects that are deliverable as part of our 2020 Autumn and Winter/Spring 2021 programme.

We’re open to all ideas, that may include: 

  • Visual art of any form
  • Creative concepts that demonstrate diverse cultural influences
  • Artistic multimedia projects
  • Experiential artforms
  • Writing
  • Digital work that forms an online experience, or is an online presentation of an artistic work – digital work can be developed to utilise the National Festival of Making website and social media platforms and may engage particular audiences. Digital work, for example, may be sound or film based or involve live online experiences
  • Making workshops
  • Performance and music experiences
  • STEAM based activities – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths making experiences

Throughout the commission, graduates will receive mentoring from the Festival Directors as well as support in realising the logistical side of projects from the festival team.

In this commissioning cycle, we are interested in hearing from candidates from all diversity groups, particularly candidates from Black, Asian and Diverse Ethnic heritage groups.

Deadline for submissions: 10am, Wednesday 9th September

To see more details about the commissions and how to apply, click the link below.



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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