Lancashire showcases its creativity for the Festival of Making

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Creative Lancashire is looking forward to being part of the National Festival of Making, which takes place on 12/13 May in and around Blackburn.

A specially-curated programme of events has been put together covering art, graphic design, film, music and more.

There will also be topical discussion on the future skills needed in the creative sector, the changing role of agencies, and the role of automation in manufacturing

Graphic designer Swifty hosts a number of sessions and presents an exhibition of new work at Blackburn Cathedral from Friday 11 May for two weeks.

Creative Lancashire are also collaborating with Crafts Council to bring the Real to Reel Craft Film Festival to King George's Hall during the Festival.

Another Conversation in Creativity session will be held with Martyn Ware, founder of Human League and Heaven 17, talking about his work in music. It's taking place on 17 May at Blackburn Cathedral.

And new for this year, some events will be taking place in Preston as part of the festival conference programme, to broaden the reach and scope even further.

There'll be special preview screenings of Graphic Means – a film that considers what the industry looked like prior to the moment when the first Macintosh computer was introduced. The sessions will take place on Thursday 10 May at Blackburn College and on Wednesday 16 May at The Continental in Preston.

The Preston event includes a Q&A with designers featured in the film, and is the latest in the Conversations in Creativity events, where leading creatives talk about their work, their influences and creativity.

Plans are also being put together for a Conversations in Creativity session with Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid from the University of Central Lancashire.

The first National Festival of Making took place in Blackburn, Lancashire in 2017.

Creative Lancashire is a service provided by Lancashire County Council, through its economic development company Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL).

Ed Matthews-Gentle from Creative Lancashire said: "Creative Lancashire has put together an exciting programme of sessions and events, where people can share ideas, make new connections and hear from industry-leading professionals.

"This national festival celebrates the UK's making industry, which runs all the way from kitchen tables and spare rooms to world-leading master manufacturers.

"Last year's Festival brought around 30,000 people here from across the country, so it's important to put Lancashire's creativity at the heart of this event. We encourage creative people to come along and join in the discussions and activities."

Tickets are needed for some events, so booking is recommended to make sure you get a place.

Visit the Festival of Making's Eventbrite page to book tickets

Skills & Factory 4.0 is a roundtable discussion, in association with Crafts Council and Lancashire Skills Hub, taking place on Thursday 17 May at Blackburn Cathedral.

The day starts with a conversation about creating and making skills in education and training, exploring the skills implications of factory 4.0 and the impact of automation and other technologies in manufacturing.

This session is aimed at a specially-invited audience of creative industry practitioners, educational representatives and key local business and industry partners. A limited number of tickets for Skills & Factory 4.0 are available via Eventbrite

The Business Innovation Growth (BIG) symposium will take place on Thursday 17 May at Blackburn Cathedral, in association with Crafts Council and Lancashire Skills Hub. Hosted by Hannah Stewart from the Royal College of Art, this series of presentations and panel discussions will include the following topics:

  • The crucial role of creativity and making in helping businesses to innovate and solve problems.

  • The skills we need to teach now, in readiness for our “factories of the future”.

  • How creative skills are applied in industry and their role in supply chain innovation.


  • The BIG sessions will include contributions from Crafts Council, Innovate UK, Design Council, relevant thought leaders, academics and case studies of pioneering businesses harnessing ‘creating and making’ skills to help them innovate, increase productivity and maintain a competitive edge.

    Tickets for the BIG symposium are £20 each (concessions £10) and are from the eventbrite page. Tickets include free access to the Conversations in Creativity event that evening with Martyn Ware, hosted by John Robb.

    For more details about these events and the work of Creative Lancashire, visit www.creativelancashire.org. Follow them on Twitter @CreativeLancs.

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