2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Art in Manufacturing

Art in Manufacturing is the headline commissioning programme of the National Festival of Making – providing artists with an incomparable platform to make new work in and alongside some of the UK’s major manufacturers.


Each season of Art in Manufacturing sees artists paired with leading manufacturers, from artisan producers to industry giants. The residency programme creates collaborations with highly skilled workforces, facilitates access to cutting-edge technologies and unearths hidden heritages – all resulting in remarkable, contemporary artworks.

To date, the programme has commissioned 31 artists to work with 24 artisan and mass manufacturers. The residencies create a platform not just for the making of new work, but for sharing experiences and connecting across boundaries.







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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