2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Make your own Aniplant

Learn how to make an animal themed plant pot, designed and led by student, Caitlin Wyatt.

In partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills, the National Festival of Making released an industry-led student challenge designed to support students’ skills development. Caitlin Wyatt, Level 4 Graphic Design (BA) at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA Epsom), was the Overall Winner for her considered and well presented idea for a workshop centred around plastic recycling.

As part of her prize, Caitlin travelled to the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol to receive mentoring from Artists in Residence, Lets Make Art. Caitlin spent the day with Karen and Alice of Lets Make Art learning how to plan and prepare an online workshop, adapting her initial physical festival idea to a digitally shareable workshop.

To have a go at making your own Aniplant, watch the video below!

You will need:


  • A large recycled plastic bottle (clean and dry)
  • A pencil
  • Scrap paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Paint pens
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors (and craft knife – optional) – make sure an adult       helps with this bit!

If you want to hang your plant pot, you will also need a hole punch and some string.

About the Challenge with Creative & Cultural Skills

The Live Brief with Creative & Cultural Skills invited students to consider what they would like to contribute to The National Festival of Making programme by proposing an imaginative piece of work that will engage the Festival’s multi-generational and diverse audiences.

The Overall Winner of the Live Brief was Caitlin Wyatt, with Runners Up being Vikky Walker, a Level 3 Foundation in Art at Design student at Blackburn College and Yasser Sad, a first year level 4 of Graphic Design at University for the Creative Arts (UCA Epsom).

Both Vikky and Yasser’s proposals stood out to us for their connection to our festival themes. We could see strong links to our Art in Manufacturing programme with Vikky’s slip-casting skills and making process, and felt that Yasser’s proposal clearly linked to our STEAM programme.” – Lauren Zawadzki, Director, National Festival of Making

The Runners-Up received masterclasses for their class, delivered by Lauren Zawadzki, Festival Director.

To read more about the Live Brief, click here.

Developing my workshop for the festival has provided me with the opportunity to explore different aspects of my studies that previously I had not considered. As generally our projects are aimed towards the creation of designs that fit our own preferences it was extremely intriguing to look at the festival from not just one but multiple points of views. Also, I was able to invest my time in the creation of my own idea and truly embody the making aspect of the festival by creating with my hands instead of solely relying on technology.”

– Caitlin Wyatt

About Creative & Cultural Skills


Creative & Cultural Skills supports the UK cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice. We provoke action and enable learning opportunities that drive change and help to build an inclusive skilled sector.

About Lets Make Art


Lets Make Art are a Bristol based arts organisation who lead workshops and work with schools, communities and festivals to get everyone involved in art. At the National Festival of Making 2019, they delivered a workshop inspired by the Bauhaus.

Photography by Lets Make Art

Graphics by Caitlin Wyatt



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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