2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Join artist Sarah Hardacre in an online collage workshop

16th October 2020

We are delighted to announce that Art in Manufacturing alumnus, Sarah Hardacre, will be delivering an online collage workshop exploring the relationship between feminism, activism and modernism with a focus on Northern identity and Blackburn imagery.


Image – Sarah Hardacre – ‘Untitled’ (Mies Van Der Rohe – Bacardi Building)


Sarah’s workshop will be conducted over Zoom and will begin with an introduction to her practice and her influences, as well as the work of other artists to contextualise the workshop. She will then take participants through the process of producing a 2D collage from found images. Participants will be invited to join in and make along with Sarah at this point, or to just listen and learn whilst she demystifies the process and shares her tips of the trade.

Image – Sarah Hardacre – ‘After all, there aren’t very many good Melanie’s around’


Chosen by Sarah, images to use in the workshop will be posted to the participants so that each person has a selection to collage with. Everyone is also invited to use their own imagery from magazines, photographs and books to make a completely unique composition.

All images are from the Cotton Town image archive of Blackburn with Darwen Library & Information Services who have kindly granted us permission to use these in our workshop. These, and more images, can be viewed here

The Workshop will take place at 19.00 on Wednesday 18th November. There is space for 12 people aged 18 or over (due to some images containing nudity), for a fully engaged making session where conversation can flow between artist and participants. The price of the workshop is £10 to include postage of imagery packs, and the session will last 1.5 hours.

Please note, ticket sales will end on 11th November at 17.00

Image – Photograph of Sarah during her residency at Surface Print during Art in Manufacturing Season 2 – Photograph taken by Danny Allison


Sarah Hardacre is a visual artist and printmaker represented by Paul Stolper Gallery, and is currently a Fine Art Facilitator on the BA(hons) Fine Art course at University Centre Blackburn College. With a portfolio that spans collage, silkscreen print, large-scale installations, murals, performance and projections, Sarah’s work investigates the development of the Welfare State and the histories of the Working Class and Women’s Rights movements. Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is included in the public collections of the British Museum and British Council and private collections worldwide including Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection in London.

To read about Sarah’s Season 2 Art in Manufacturing residency with Surface Print  as part of the National Festival of Making, click here.

Image – Sarah Hardacre – ‘Start Walking’


It’s a joy to be able to collaborate once again with Sarah, and to be able to present this workshop who’s themes align so strongly with our Festival themes of Making Things, History and Community. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have felt honoured to be able to support artists of whom the festival has a past working relationship, as well as being able to celebrate the home of the festival and its manufacturing and making past, present and future.




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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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