Fascinating creative events planned for Lancashire's Festival of Making

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Creative Lancashire is joining the first National Festival of Making, which takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May at various venues in Blackburn.

In the build-up to the festival weekend itself, Creative Lancashire has curated a series of events from 27 April to 11 May, to explore manufacturing and creativity, aimed at professional creative practitioners/makers and industry.

The events have been organised and presented in association with partners including The Crafts Council, D&AD, Make it British, Central Research Laboratory, Boost, Lancashire Business View and others.

Through a series of Conversations in Creativity talks, Masterclass in Making workshops and Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) seminar discussions, the conference events will address key themes relevant to creative practitioners involved in the maker movement and manufacturing.

Ed Matthews-Gentle from Creative Lancashire explained: "Lancashire has a long-established manufacturing and creative sector, which continues to be at the cutting edge of innovation. It's a great endorsement of the work in the county that the first National Festival of Making will be taking place here, and building on strategic investments such as the Making Rooms, which are also in Blackburn.

"We've got a wide range of activities taking place as part of the festival, with opportunities to hear from some of the foremost thought-leaders, makers, and creatives at the forefront of the 'maker movement' in the UK and across the world. We've got workshops and panel discussions bringing together a formidable line up, which offers a fascinating programme right here in Lancashire that celebrates creativity both home-grown and from across the globe.

Wayne Hemingway, Champion for Creative Lancashire, said: The National Festival of Making is coming to Lancashire with the aim to show off our making and manufacturing skills and to inspire a new generation to take up the mantle. Creative Lancashire have brought together a sparky collection of experts in the field that is sure to contribute some thought-provoking sessions to the festival."

The first National Festival of Making happens in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 2017. With twice the national average of people employed in the manufacturing industry, and a community of talented and creative maker businesses working from studios and locations in Lancashire and across the North of England, the festival promises a vibrant celebration of Britain’s unrivalled making heritage and its bright future.

For more information about events and booking information, visit www.creativelancashire.org.

You can follow Creative Lancashire on twitter @CreativeLancs.

Find out more about the festival by visiting festivalofmaking.co.uk or on twitter @festofmaking.


Masterclass in making 'What makes the makers?' with Dave Kirkwood, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster
Wednesday 3 May UCBC (Blackburn College).
This masterclass is an opportunity for anyone interested in the creative process to work with leading creative practitioners and thought-leaders in a series of intimate workshops and round table discussions, bringing together designers, makers, students, and businesses.
Hamish Muir, who co-founded his London-based studio in 2010, focuses on exploring parametric design systems to generate appropriate solutions to visual communication problems.
Jane Foster is an award winning illustrator, author and textile designer working with some of the world's leading brands including IKEA, Habitat, Waitrose and Apple.

Conversations in Creativity with Craig Oldham, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster with Dave Kirkwood (Host)
Wednesday 3 May at Blackburn Cathedral
A stellar panel of designer-makers discuss their inspirations and the importance of self-initiated projects in their creative practice.

Business Innovation for Growth (BIG): Purposeful Practice with Simon Bolton
Thursday 4 May, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
The session will examine the role of design thinking in driving innovative manufacturing through an examination of case studies including Nike and Plumen.
An internationally-acclaimed designer and innovation specialist working with some of the world’s top brands, Simon recently joined Edge Hill University as a Professor of Innovation and Associate Dean of Enterprise and Employability. He has exhibited at galleries including London’s Design Museum and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He has over 20 years’ experience of helping global names including the BBC, BSkyB, Hyundai and Nokia to enhance their customer insight and innovation capabilities.

Conversations in Creativity with Nicolas Roope, Samuel Wilkinson and Claire Norcross – hosted by Alice Rawsthorn
Thursday 4 May at Blackburn Cathedral
Respected names in design discuss their collaboration with Plumen, one of the world's leading lighting companies, and their own studio practice. Nicolas Roope launched Plumen in 2011 with Michael-George Hemus. The company’s first bulb was made in collaboration with designer Samuel Wilkinson and is now part of the permanent collections at MoMA, the V&A and Cooper Hewitt, and was nominated as design of the year by London’s Design Museum.
The company’s third launch was developed with French jeweller Marie-Laure Giroux, a Central Saint Martin's graduate, and Claire Norcross, a product designer with a portfolio of lighting pieces for clients including Habitat and John Lewis to name just a few.
For the first time National Festival of Making brings together the three designers to discuss the collaborative process and work for their respective studios.
Hosted by Alice Rawsthorn, who writes on design in the International New York Times, and is a columnist on design for Frieze. Her latest book, the critically acclaimed "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life", explores design's influence on our lives: past, present and future.

Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) – Breakfast Roundtable with Boost & Lancashire Businesss View Magazine
Friday 5 May at Liz 'n' Lill's, Blackburn
An opportunity to get up close with leading creative practitioners and thought-leaders in a series of intimate workshops and round table discussions bringing together designers, makers, students businesses and anyone interested in design principles.
This interactive workshop will help manufacturers and start-up maker businesses successfully unlock hidden innovation opportunities in new markets.

Little Business – BIG Ideas/The Business of Making
Friday 5 May at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
Daniel Charny and Fi Scott (Make Works), Jim Rhodes/Barney Mason (Those) – Full lineup TBC.
A glimpse into the future through case studies of dynamic maker start-ups.

BIG - Beyond the hype: the impact of the maker movement
Friday 5 May at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
Daniel Charny and Eddie Kirkby consider how the maker movement is slowly becoming more mainstream. The talk will provide real insights for decision makers and those interested in making as a movement for social change.
Eddie Kirkby is a multi-disciplinary engineer who led the introduction of the UK’s first Fab Lab and has recently taken on the role of director of The Making Rooms (Blackburn), Lancashire's first Fab Lab, in early 2016.
Hannah Fox led a ground-breaking project with Derby Museums to develop a new way forwards for Derby Silk Mill - the site of the world's first factory. Citizen curators and makers are at the heart of the vision for the new Museum of Making.
Hosted by Hannah Stewart, Research Associate at the Royal College of Art on the Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing project.

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