2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Make a Viewfinder with Dual Works

Join Dual Works in this family friendly workshop and make a colourful accessory to view the world through a multi-coloured lens!

Designer-makers Dual Works are running some fun, colourful workshops to accompany their bespoke festival structure, Welcome Arch, co-commissioned by the National Festival of Making and Pendle Festival of Culture.

Perfect for children and their families, the viewfinders are created from offcuts of the festival structure – so by taking part in this workshop, you can take a piece of the festival home with you! Dual Works will take you through the steps of choosing your colourful transparent ‘lenses’, and attaching these to your viewfinder.


Workshop Information: 

This workshop is mainly aimed at children aged 5 – 10, however everyone is welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and some children may need extra support with cutting and sticking.


  • This workshop is Free
  • The workshops will last up to 1 hour


This workshop is taking place in the large white marquee on Cathedral Square. The venue is accessible to 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.



Earlier this year, Dual Works were commissioned by Pendle Festival of Culture and National Festival of Making through an open call. For this exciting new artwork, which is being transported between Nelson and Blackburn, Dual Works are designing and fabricating a bespoke structure informed by the local communities across our two Lancashire towns, reflecting the sense of place and geography, and draws together what unites us. The Welcome Arch can be found near this workshop, in Cathedral Square. It will be a place for gathering – connecting people and place, and welcoming people to each festival.



Dual Works is a designer-maker studio based in Birmingham with experience and a track record in creating bespoke projects tailored to the needs of diverse communities of interest and place. As designer makers with broad creative, fabrication and materials knowledge, they bring practical skills and experience in project management, artistic endeavour and creative facilitation including residencies, exhibitions and events. Further to this they have a vast teaching experience to call upon, where they have worked with students across a wide range of 3D design and creative subjects.


Pendle Festival of Culture is a major, annual event for Pendle communities, who come together in solidarity and celebration of art and culture. Through the festival, our communities gather in a spirit of shared identity to celebrate the diversity of Pendle. A family fun-day which celebrates people, environment and culture through music, arts and crafts, food stalls, fun fair rides, community conversations and much more. Most invited artists and food vendors are sourced as local as possible in order to really celebrate Pendle and its people.

The festival aims to provide an opportunity for as much interaction between people as possible and this is reflected by the fact that all stalls are given a requirement of having some interactive activity on the day. Through the year the various organisations that we work with are invited to have some involvement in the festival, be it to be part of the planning or help in the delivery of the Festival. This has resulted in collaboration between community organisations, walking groups, musicians and schools.




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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