The National Festival of Making

What happens when you cross seven of the UK’s most adventurous artists with the heritage, innovation and factory production capabilities of major Lancashire – based manufacturers?


‘A new kind of festival for a new age of making’, the FREE-to-attend National Festival of Making returns to Britain’s manufacturing heartland for a second unmissable year after welcoming over 30,000 visitors in 2017.

Returning for the second year the ‘Art In Manufacturing’ project, co-produced by The National Festival of Making and community-led arts commissioners Super Slow Way and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Inspiring artworks, from sculpture to performance, are set to emerge from each artist residency and find their home in the town centre of Blackburn, Lancashire during the festival weekend.

We’re proud to be working with Sarah Hardacre, an artist based in Manchester. Sarah has developed a practice that uses traditional techniques, from print to textiles, to reflect on how popular culture, the built environment and architecture has influenced and continues to shape communities. Approaching her residency with us, Sarah has begun to look at the history and heritage of wallpaper manufacturing and the machinery itself as potential artwork.

For more information about Art in Manufacturing, as well as the wider festival programme and information on how to get involved, visit

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