National Festival of Making 2017

The National Festival of Making has been announced to take place over the weekend of the 6th & 7th May 2017! ‘A new kind of festival for a new age of making’ taking place in the towns that the decline in British manufacturing forgot. The first ever National Festival of Making has been deliberately set in the producing heartland of Blackburn, Lancashire, where 25% of the population still works in making and manufacturing.

The Festival of Making will be a national event attracting makers and manufacturers from across the country to show visitors and audiences their skills and talents by providing workshops, demonstrations, commissions and exhibitions as well as food, music and entertainment across the town centre. This family friendly event will inspire, create and excite future generations of makers and demonstrate the real Northern Powerhouse.

A key event within the Festival of Making is a weekend Makers Market situated in Blackburn’s King George’s Hall. The Makers Market is a collaboration between Festival producers, Deco Publique and guest curators, Hopeful and Glorious to celebrate and spotlight art, craft and design from across the region.

 Hopeful and Glorious will curate a showcase of over 35 artists, makers and designers who have been selected for the quality and originality of their work.The Makers Market will provide a platform for creatives to exhibit and sell with the potential to offer workshops and have-a-go activities. It’s an opportunity for makers to share and shout about their creativity and industry.

 Over the weekend, the Makers Market will be produced and managed by Deco Publique, transforming King Georges Hall into a vibrant and engaging weekend celebration of brilliant art, craft and design. Leading up to and across the Festival of Making, makers taking part can explore the many elements that go into being a maker today. The Crafts Council will be leading a series of professional practice support seminars available to all artists, makers & designers taking part.

 At the Makers Market, the Crafts Council will also be supporting a number of awards including Best Product and Best Stall Design which are an opportunity for makers to benefit from increased profile and national recognition. Each stand at the Festival of Making provides space for exhibiting, selling and the potential to demonstrate or offer paid for activities.


How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a stand at the Makers Market at the National Festival of Making, Blackburn please complete the online form with links to your website/s and social media.

 Each stand at the Makers Market provides space for makers to present their work and could include exhibiting, selling and the potential to demonstrate or offer paid for activities.

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