2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Art in Manufacturing: Breathing Colour, Margo Selby + Standfast & Barracks

Margo Selby is a British textile artist and designer of woven textiles working with colour and geometric form. Her practice as a weaver is at the heart of all of the studio projects. Selby has established an expansive approach to working in textiles and, throughout her work, explores the relationship between man and machine, hand and industry, craft and technology.


Breathing Colour – a joyful textile installation, immersive in colour, form and sound, suspended from the heights of Blackburn Cathedral – is formed
of 100 metres of printed and pleated fabric in celebration of Standfast & Barracks’ Centenary year, each single tone chosen by 160 employees with a memory or story in mind.

A sound piece by composer Peter Coyte accompanies the installation, with recordings from Morecambe Brass Band.

Please note: On Sunday, this exhibition will be open between 12-4pm only.

A Co-commission by The National Festival of Making and British Textile Biennial.

Artist Talk


Sunday 7th July – Margo Selby – 2pm – Blackburn Cathedral, North Transept

Margo Selby and Standfast & Barracks in Conversation with Claire Mander, Curator of theCoLAB and National Festival of Making Board Director and Elena Jackson, National Festival of Making Director & Programme Curator of Art in Manufacturing.

This talk will be followed by a performance from Leyland Band at 2.30pm.

Learn more about Art in Manufacturing Season 6

This work will be displayed at Blackburn Cathedral until 2PM on 14 July.

Check Cathedral opening times.



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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