2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

2022 Talks Programme

Join some of the most recognisable names in fashion, design, art and industry in a series of free talks and panel discussions, curated by the National Festival of Making in partnership with Creative Lancashire.

The Festival’s Talks programme is a rare opportunity for professional creatives, students, enthusiasts and the curious to learn more about the challenges, histories and future potential of making industries in their most diverse forms from those helping to shape them.

All talks and panel discussions are free to attend, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised to guarantee your place – Reserve tickets here.

Friday 10 June

Part 1: What do we need to embed & develop an effective circular economy for craft?


The first of our roundtable conversations (with an audience), will explore how we create the conditions for makers and craft businesses to flourish whilst also addressing problems relating to the end of life of products and waste including:

  • What are principles and infrastructures that will support the circular economy principles in craft practice
  • What is the role of education to inform the next generation of makers and creators to consider circular design and increase the understanding of materials within the production process
  • What could be the role for design thinking in designing out waste in craft production
  • How can we help encourage a shift in consumers to ‘cherish use – not consumption’
  • What can be learned from the relationship with material & craft production in global majority communities where circular design disciplines are already embedded.
  • What can be learned from related sectors and industries approaches
  • Who else needs to be involved


The session will also examine the implications for craft manufacturers, specifically who will pick up the cost of a conversion to circular processes of production and for makers creating products that last a lifetime, and that can only be sold once.

Part 2: What is the potential for circular design within fashion & textiles?


The context for the second part of roundtable conversation is informed by themes, ideas and provocations collected and presented by Ellen MacArthur Foundation in their recent Circular Design for Fashion publication which explores fashion industries huge potential to shift towards a circular economy fuelled by ‘passionate disrupters on the constant search for reinvention’.

We will also look at the role of educators to reset the generation of fashion and textiles designers to embed circular economy principles to:

  • Eliminate waste and pollution
  • Circulate products and materials (at their highest value), and
  • Regenerate nature


Read the full details and book tickets here

Guest Contributors:


For both conversations we bring together individuals drawn from the fashion and textiles industry, educators, and practitioners developing the new models and ideas to encourage a shift to a more circular industry for those who design, produce and consume products including:

  • David Chadwick – Carradice & UPSO
  • Harrison Wavell – Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Jonathan Ball – Design Council & Design Min
  • Laurie Peake – British Textile Biennial
  • Lipi Begum –Business of Fashion Textiles & Technology: UAL
  • Justine Aldersey-Williams – Fibreshed (NW)
  • Nicky Dewar – Crafts Council
  • Pammi Sinha – Academic & Fellow of the Textile Institute
  • Rosy Greenlees – Crafts Council
  • Simon Attard – Panaz


Full list of contributors to be announced.

Saturday 11 June

National Festival of Making presents ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ judge & master potter Keith Brymer Jones


About this event


A potter by trade and known to many as the judge on TV shows like the Great Pottery Throw Down & The Victorian House of Arts & Crafts, we are delighted to announce Conversation in Creativity: Keith Brymer Jones with Wayne Hemingway.

Ballet dancer. Front man in an almost-famous band. Being on the TV. How did all that happen? What if an art teacher hadn’t given him a lump of clay? What if his band had been really successful? What if he hadn’t taken a photograph of a bowl to the buyer at Heals in London?

Expect to hear all of the above and more in this insightful conversation between the lively voices of Keith and Wayne.

This event will take place in the central nave at Blackburn Cathedral at 4:30pm on Saturday 11th June as part of the National Festival of Making. The event is free to attend but tickets are essential to manage capacity.

Reserve tickets here


Delivered in partnership with Creative Lancashire


Throughout the weekend

Art in Manufacturing Talks


Meet the Art in Manufacturing commissioned artists and hear a short talk, each hosted by National Festival of Making Chair, Jamie Holman and Director of CoLab and Festival of Making Board Member Claire Mander. Artists will share their experiences of collaborating with industry, the theory and inspiration of their work and the knowledge they gained in process, materials and techniques. Each talk will take place in-situ at their exhibition spaces.



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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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