2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July


New Opportunities to join the National Festival Of Making Team.


Festival of Making Community Interest Company is expanding its team following a successful period of organisational development and fundraising. As a new Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, we now have 4 fantastic opportunities to join our small and dynamic team.

Finance & Operations Manager


We are looking for a skilled Finance and Operations Manager, who will be responsible for managing the financial aspects of the company and supporting business operations.

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 18 hours per week

Salary Range: £32,000 to £35,000 – Pro Rata (depending on experience)

Application Deadline: Wednesday 10th May 2023 at 12 noon

Click here to download the recruitment pack for Finance and Operations Manager


Marketing & Audience Development Manager


We are seeking to appoint an experienced Marketing and Audience Development Manager to further develop the company’s brand identity, engagement and publicity activities with the aim of making our programme and annual festival more accessible to more diverse participants and audiences.

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 22.5 hours per week

Salary Range: £30,000 to £32,000 Pro Rata (depending on experience)

Application Deadline: Wednesday 10th May 2023 at 12 noon

Click here to download the recruitment pack for Marketing and Audience Development Manager

Digital & Programme Intern: Creative Alliance Paid Internship Programme


This role will see you supporting the team in delivering our year-round programme and annual festival whilst receiving guidance from the team and experience in the varied roles across our organisation.

Contract: 1 year fixed term

Hours: 22.5 hours/3 days per week

Salary: £10.90 per hour

Application Deadline: Friday 12th May 2023 at 12 noon

Due to the funding associated with this internship programme, the post holder must be EITHER a graduate of a Blackburn with Darwen-based education institution or a resident within the area covered by Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Authority. You must be actively interested in pursuing a career within the creative and cultural sector. There are no age restrictions on applying for this opportunity and no formal educational requirements. 

Freelance Volunteer Coordinator


In the lead up to the 2023 National Festival of Making weekend, we are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to join our team on a freelance basis to manage and coordinate our Festival Volunteer Team.

Contract: Freelance. May – Mid July 2023

Contracted Days: 32. It is expected the contract will be delivered by the freelancer over 2 days per week with more time in the week leading up to the festival and over the festival weekend.

Fixed Fee: £4000

Application Deadline: Monday 8th May 2023 at midnight

Click here to download the recruitment pack for Freelance Volunteer Coordinator



We are committed to the Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity and recognise the inequalities within the sector. Festival of Making CIC recognises how diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong.

We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who reflect the diverse nature of the local communities we serve, particularly in Blackburn, Lancashire and who are likely to be underrepresented in our workforce. These include people from Black, South Asian and global majority ethnic backgrounds, people living with a disability and people who identify as LGBTQI+. 

If you require any access support during the application process or if selected for an interview related to this role, or require further information (including access support), please contact recruitment@festivalofmaking.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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