2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Sun Printing with Cyanotypes

Make your own beautiful sun print to take home.

The Cyanotype, or as it is widely known, the Blueprint, was invented as a cost effective method of replicating notes and diagrams. The first creative use was by the Botanist Anna Atkins, who used it to create an extensive archive of plants and algae – creating one of the very first ‘photo books’.



Obscura is a Community Darkroom volunteer run by a collective of northern artists, based at the Bureau Center for the Arts in Blackburn. The aim is to provide affordable darkroom facilities, workshops, and a space to create work socially, keeping the knowledge of film photography alive, particularly through the younger generations.




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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