2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Future Makers Challenge – Live Brief 2024: Calling all students and tutors!

18th February 2024

National Festival of Making is launching a brand new Live Brief to connect students across the UK in an industry challenge designed to support skills development.



National Festival of Making is launching a brand new Live Brief to connect students and tutors in post-16 education with an industry-led challenge designed to support skills development across the combination of creative and business skills needed to thrive as a professional, whether freelance or employed.

Students are invited to consider what they would like to contribute to the National Festival of Making programme to be delivered on July 6 & 7 2024 in Blackburn, Lancashire. 

We are asking students to propose an imaginative piece of work that will engage our multi-generational and diverse audiences. The work needs to be something that festival visitors can experience during the two days of the festival weekend.

The idea might take the form of an installation, exhibition, live performance, activity or workshop. 



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

  • Performance
  • Music
  • STEAM-based activities – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths
  • Craft
  • Film 
  • Heritage making skills 
  • Visual art of any form
  • Artistic multimedia / digital
  • Writing


We’d like students to explore past Festival programmes and projects, which can be seen on our website, and develop a personal response to the Festival. 



Live Briefs are essential for students in the creative sector as they provide an opportunity to experience the commissioning and development process. These briefs enable students to expand their knowledge, acquire new skills, and support talent development in the creative industries.


– Lauren Zawadzki, Director of the National Festival of Making


Key Information


The budget to deliver the idea will be up to £1000 (subject to budget sign-off).

Open to all students studying Level 4 to Level 6 and enrolled in either a creative or non-creative course. We are looking for students of all ages, from both foundation in F.E. colleges to any level of undergraduate courses at university or colleges.

The challenge is open to both individual students, pairs and groups of up to 4 students.

You don’t need to have any prior experience to apply.

Deadline for applications: Monday 25th March 2024 by 12:00 pm. 

Applications must be made by email before the deadline to applications@festivalofmaking.co.uk




Further Information


To begin the process, students or tutors are advised to register by emailing emma@decopublique.co.uk

Subject to take-up: There will be an online briefing for tutors and/or students on Tuesday 5th March at 4:00 pm.  

The purpose of this session is to support tutors and students to understand the brief. During this session, staff and students will have the opportunity to meet with the Festival Directors and ask general questions about the brief (please note they will not be able to provide one-to-one critiques of initial ideas or concept proposals). 

The National Festival of Making will share festival information that includes the sites where the festival will be located in 2024. This will include buildings, outdoor spaces and some of the confirmed programme for the festival. 





Download the full Live Brief for essential information and guidance. 




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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