2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

In Loving Memory of Work with Craig Oldham

Inspired by his collection of colliery plates and miners memorabilia, join Designer, Craig Oldham, and decorate your own protest plate using vinyl designs.

This workshop is part of an anniversary event collaboration between Uncultured Creatives and Rough Trade Books – commemorating the UK Miners’ strikes of 1984-85 through two publications by creatives Craig Oldham and Kevin Dicks. During the National Festival of Making, an exhibition of Craig Oldham’s miners’ plates – curated by Alex Zawadzki with ephemera from the miners’ strikes – will be exhibited at Lord Street West. You can read more about the event below.

The ceramic plates were often used to mark everything from historic coal production milestones to championing collective successes in mining communities. With a distinct vernacular and unique visual aesthetic, these plates subvert their original purpose of commemoration into activism. Now very rare (many were smashed by miners the moment they were handed them in an act of defiance at pit closures) these plates provide a distinct and vital insight into a lost British working class culture.

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Craig’s work and decorate your own protest plate – taking a mundane object and understanding it can be subverted into an active tool for protest.



Workshop Information: 

  • Suitable for participants age 10+
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • This workshop is free
  • There are 12 places available each session
  • The workshops will last approx 1 hour


The workshop is taking place at the Uncultured Creatives Studio at 14 – 16 Lord Street West, next to Prism Contemporary Gallery. The venue has single step access and therefore there is not level access for people who use a wheelchair.


Please arrive at the venue 5 minutes before the workshop. Unfortunately your place may be allocated to a participant on the waiting list in the event of late arrival. Advanced booking recommended / Limited walk up spaces may be available on the day.


CRAIG OLDHAM is a Designer and Author and has been named one of the most influential designers working in the UK. He’s written on a range of topics, including education, visual culture, film and politics and is the founder of pedagogic practice, Office Of Craig. He is also creative director of counter-culture publishing outfit, Rough Trade Books.



Uncultured Creatives is a collaborative creative practice between Artist Jamie Holman and Creative Producer Alex Zawadzki, developed to support the effective delivery of complex commissions, through their shared skill set. The work produced is characterised by the exploration of divided histories, sensitive content and the unification of diverse community participants through shared experiences of culture, class and that which makes us human.




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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