2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July


After a critically acclaimed run during Frieze London 2022, YESS LAD tours to the National Festival of Making.

Expect inspiring, humorous and vibrant work in a variety of mediums, from Dominic Bennett’s ceramic Army of Weasels to Barry Anthony Finan’s porcelain postcards, Horace Lindezey’s irreverent, commemorative blue plaques to Violet Emsley’s beautiful abstract paintings.

YESS LAD is a group exhibition of artists in collaboration with award-winning charity Venture Arts, a visual arts studio in Manchester that works with learning disabled artists to create and showcase new contemporary visual art.

Exhibition Opening Times

8th & 9th July

11am – 5pm

13th to 15th June

12pm – 4pm

Location: Blackburn Cathedral Annex, access via the Cathedral Square near the Queen Victoria statue.

YESS LAD spent a month during autumn of last year showcasing the work of eight Venture Arts artists at TJ Boulting in Fitzrovia, in partnership with A Modest Show.

Venture Arts is an award-winning visual arts organisation working with learning-disabled artists. Through their studio programmes, exhibitions and collaborative projects, they remove barriers to the arts,  put artists in the lead, champion neurodiversity and provide pathways for every individual to develop their creative identity.

Venture Arts equips people to succeed as artists, advocates, cultural workers, educators, curators and critics.



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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