2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

The Black Artisans

The Black Artisans is a body of photography work that showcases and celebrates established UK based Black Artisans.



The project, initiated by photographer Jo Sealy, aims to enlighten and inspire, as well as make visible the work of Black makers.

In the exhibition space, learn from the expertise of mosaic artist Marcia John of Qemamu Mosaics, and weaver Dionne Ible of MarciaBJohn Designs. You’ll get the chance to understand more about their practices, watch demos and sign up for workshops.


Demos and Drop-ins: 12:00 – 2:00 pm 

Workshops: 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Sign up at the venue



The Black Artisans showcases and celebrates established UK based Black Artisans through a travelling photography exhibition.  As well as capturing traditional sectors of UK  crafts, The Black Artisans captures artisans in other areas of cultural heritage – steel pan makers and calabash artists, for  example. This body of work seeks to make visible Black Artisans and to enlighten, educate and inspire people to explore these areas as a potential field of work or as a leisure interest.

The Black Artisans is a project by Jo Sealy whose work focuses on culture, heritage and age.




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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