2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

The Hobby Cave: Hetain Patel and Artangel invite the public to join the loudest presentation of our quiet pastimes.

24th January 2024

Baa’s House (2015) c. Hetain Patel


Award-winning artist Hetain Patel invites you to join The Hobby Cave, the loudest presentation of our quiet pastimes.

The National Festival of Making with Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery are excited to join a network of 13 partnering organisations across the UK, led by Artangel to assemble an ambitious celebration of everyday creativity and self-expression.

From makers and modifiers to collectors and crafters, members of the public are invited to share details of their favourite hobby and be part of this audacious multi-location project.

The Hobby Cave will unite en masse objects that have been painstakingly created by people from all corners of the UK, around the commitments of daily life. But first, we want to hear from you!

What’s your favourite hobby? Join the project by submitting your favourite hobby here:

Tell us about your hobbies!

About Hetain Patel

Hetain Patel is an award-winning British-Gujarati artist and filmmaker. The act of making objects by hand has always been close to this artist’s heart. Whether converting his first car into a real life Transformer robot or creating his own Spiderman suit at his kitchen table, a number of his celebrated artworks combine joyful childhood obsessions with serious reflections on identity politics and power dynamics.

The handmade objects he creates in his work are painstakingly produced and tip a nod to the manual labour often carried out by migrants, while their hybridity points towards the new possibilities that emerge when convention is defied. The Hobby Cave is Patel’s most ambitious and far-reaching project to date.


We can’t wait to hear about your hobbies, to talk more about this project, DM us on our socials or contact helen@thefestivalofmaking.co.uk



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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