Linda Brothwell Studio, featured artist from BBC4’s Handmade in Hull and Tool Appreciation Society invites you to share your making expertise to inform her new 2020 heritage commission. At the start of her work in Blackburn for Festival of Making 2020, artist Linda Brothwell wants to meet the community of Blackburn. Join her for a free Welcome Mat workshop, where over the course of an hour you’ll learn how to weave your own rope mat to take home.
At its heart Action Painting uses artists, pneumatic cannons and a 12m2 canvas to create a world of flying paint where we have a conversation about what, why, how and who even art is about, responding to an exhibition or event or building up with the people we meet in our own painting utopia.
Action Painting is about the act and the art, it creates a spectacle and leaves painting in all our hearts.
All buildings start with a drawing. Practice printmaking with Tim Denton Design & Build Studio, specialists in the production of temporary spaces and structures and engage in a workshop that helps imagine a new structure for the 2020 National Festival of Making Participants will be able to draw blueprints to inspire a structure to be built at next years festival using a collection of stencils that are taken from visual references of existing Blackburn Architecture.
Dan Fox’s Sound Intervention returns with these mega-contraptions. The fabulous Boom Bikes bring roving musical fun with these mobile trike speaker units!
Rag rugging using traditional rug making techniques – lay these tactile pieces on your floor or hang them on your wall! For little hands, try out some mini-handlooms and wave some magic! Two therapeutic creative activities that makes the most of left over fabrics, clothes and scraps.
A short film show reel from the first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image on loan from The Crafts Council and a selection of the festivals favourite commissioned films to date.
Join in the creation of a dynamic space within the festival with Easy Peel Studio, wind and weave the ribbon to create a colourful, unique, walkthrough sculpture as the festival progresses.
Fancy a bite to eat? Sample the best of British hospitality with two zones full of delectable and irresistible street food stalls!
Maryam Golubeva uses traditional Russian paper-cutting and engraving techniques. During these paper-cutting workshops she will demonstrating the necessary techniques for this artform in a very easy and accessible way, so all participants will be able to leave workshops with a sample artwork and the skills to pursue the art of papercutting at home.
A mishap with some Glastonbury Festival posters saw a twist of fate for Twisted Space maker Chris! Come and test out his fabulous, handmade marble run and find out how he found himself training to be a bespoke carpenter!
Take Up Space! is a community-led project to design and create an outdoor shared space for cultural and artistic activities, across from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, come and take share your thoughts on the future of this space.
S Stitched formed in 2019 with the belief that a bespoke hand-crafted gift can be so special, you wouldn’t want to ever trade it with anything else; and that creative practice can be very therapeutic.
Fine art degree student Sana, teaches you about hand-stitching techniques, colour combinations and keeping a close eye to detail to create these special mandala keyrings to take away.
ELMRO demonstrate their meticulous making skills with their model rail layouts, come and have a go at adding to this mega model and track. Then, throw your creative suggestions into the box because the winner gets to name this special festival railway layout!
The voluntary sector provides a vital role in connecting communities and supporting the growth of social action. In their Windsor Suite takeover, see the creative aspects of what they do and find out which clubs and societies exist in your local area. There’s everything from self-defence to thrifty recycling; dementia-friendly cafes to digital media for the over 50’s.
Artist Sam Holland is in the process of developing a permanent sculpture of the late honourable Barbara Castle in Blackburn town centre. A formidable politician she pushed for the withstanding Seatbelt Law and the 1970 Equal Pay Act which inspired the film ‘Made in Dagenham.’ Sam will be conducting a variety of 30-45 minute sculpture based workshops themed around Barbara’s more high profile policies.
Funded by the Townscape Heritage Project, a £3 million transformation of the historic heart of Blackburn. A joint investment by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
We work on land and sea, from mountain tops to the seabed, from hidden valleys and coves to city streets. Wherever you are, Wildlife Trust people, places and projects are never far away, improving life for wildlife and people together. Celebrate British wildlife by making these animal & insect clothes pegs.
Selected and presented by Festival Director, Wayne Hemingway and Makers Market, Curator Heather Chapman Fox, to most promising makers at the Makers Market. Awards include Best Maker, Best Product and Best Visual Merchandising
The National Saturday Club is a new model but not a new idea. Between the late 1940s and 1970s, British art schools opened their doors on Saturdays to give young teenagers a taste of what it would be like to study art. Saturday Clubs are back! And are open to 13–16 year olds and free to attend.
BwD Adult Learning offers an exciting mix of courses & workshops to improve people’s health & wellbeing and employability prospects, building confidence and improving skills. They bring a showcase of some of their sessions to the festival, such as origami tulips and upcycling glass bottles with decoupage of inspirational women.
Free drum kit and percussion workshops – Ever wanted to play the drums? Blackburn’s number no.1 music school McNally Music Tuition will be hosting drum kit and percussion workshops for youngsters and adults throughout the weekend. Jump behind the kit and rock out with McNally Music Tuition at the National Festival Of Making!
Age UK are demystifying the process of creating with digital media, with hands on workshops on how to scan and print photographs which can then be distributed to loved ones. This relaxed workshop proves that you’re never too old to start using technology to work with your favourite photos, and how it can enrich your life.
Promoting ‘Why bees matter’ and how to ‘bee’ environmentally friendly with upcycled bee themed money tins that remind us to save our planet by recycling responsibly!
Blackburn Central Library will be teaming up with Blackburn charity Arts 2 Heal for this activity, who provide therapeutic arts-health focused activities in and around the Lancashire area.