2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Blackburn Youth Zone Project

Blackburn Youth Zone gathered a crew to realise their own potential as makers and artists for in the build up to the festival to deliver a public art installation.

Young people of Blackburn Youth Zone designed, and curated their own exhibition and pop up stall, showcasing the creative use of origami to the festival audience. Wallpaper was used to upscale origami and create an installation of giant paper unicorns. A workshop was open to the public at the festival weekend with a specially designed origami ‘decision maker’ to help people navigate their way around the festival. Shane Johnstone, an experienced socially engaged artist, delivered the project with young people, to help them use creative practices in a series of sessions exploring waste as a material for artistic expression as well as our increased social responsibility and impact on the environment. The project used paper materials and excess materials donated by Graham & Brown wallpaper factory.



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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