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Conversations in Creativity: Charles Hadcock Studio

National Festival of Making: Studio Visit & Panel Discussion in association with The Royal British Society of Sculptors

Speakers: Charles Hadcock, John Grayson, Hugh Miller, Jamie Holman & Claire Mander
Time & Date: 3-6pm, Thursday 27th April

Conversations in Creativity – Charles Hadcock Studio

Studio Visit & Panel


Charles Hadcock
John Grayson
Hugh Miller
Jamie Holman 
Claire Mander (Host)

in association with The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS)

An exclusive opportunity to gain a unique insight into the work and process of Charles Hadcock, one of the country's leading artists in his own studio surroundings, located in the stunning South Ribble mill location, followed by a panel discussion other RBS artists and celebrated emerging maker talent.

How do you finance the creation of new work & What does success look like?

This question goes beyond bank accounts and 'gnaws at the core of what it means to pursue a career in the creative industries.' Often the creative has a definition of success connected with the aspiration to produce better work for an audience and clients that they have identified and respect.

We look at the ways and strategies four artists and makers at different stages in their careers (and across disciplines), find ways to make work in a time when funding opportunities are diminished for the creative practitioner.

Time: 3-6pm
Date: Thursday 27 April
Venue: Roach Bridge Mill, Samlesbury – includes minibus transfer (from/to) Blackburn & Preston Train Station and light refreshments. To book a transfer email:
Tickets: £10 / £6 Concessions/RBS Members


Members of Creative Lancashire Network, Creative Industries Federation & RBS can use the following Code to purchase Tickets at the discounted price of £6



Charles Hadcock (above), studied fine art at the Royal College of Art, London specialising in sculpture and in 2008 was made a fellow of the RBS. In April 2007 he was a recipient of the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. Hadcock’s monumental sculpture reflect his interest in geology, engineering and mathematics and are enriched by references to music and poetry. Because of his abiding interest in engineering and industrial processes, Hadcock prefers to work with industrial companies rather than fine art foundries, for portions of his sculpture are to be as anonymous as factory made items.

Hugh Miller is an award winning contemporary applied artist specialising in studio furniture in wood. Hugh trained as an architect, and sees his work as small pieces of architecture, where the concept is embedded in the intricacy of the detail. Hugh’s work is based on a set of design principles, developed during his Churchill Fellowship in Japan in 2015.  Hugh’s latest collection, titled ‘The Coffee Ceremony’ uses the everyday ceremonies of life in Japan as the inspiration for developing an everyday ceremony of his own – the ‘coffee ceremony’.

Jamie Holman is an artist, writer and lecturer who achieved critical acclaim, after exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 1996 at Tate Gallery Liverpool and Camden Arts Centre London. Holman worked in moving image and performance before developing a broader multi-disciplinary practice that included photography and sculpture. Holman was a founding member of the music/artist/writers collective Tompaulin, who recorded three albums and two John Peel sessions between 2000 and 2008. Recently Jamie exhibited at The Royal College of Art and has been published in The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art and Music and in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016 – “Future Now,” 100 international emerging artists.

With a passion for old, industrially formed and decorated metal objects, whose defunct manufacturing processes are rooted in the West Midlands, maker, researcher and academic John Grayson has been engaged in a 20 year career creating automata and narrative based objects in either printed tin sheet or vitreous enamel. His work appropriates the vernacular of the factory made aesthetic and through craft making subverts it to create objects that satirise, document and critique contemporary society.

Claire Mander is Deputy Director and Curator, Royal British Society of Sculptors. As well as overseeing the programme, she conceived and curated: Sculpture Shock (2013-2015) an award encouraging site-specific interventions in the subterranean, ambulatory and historic context and edited the accompanying book (pub. Black Dog 2016); SKULPTUR: Contemporary Sculpture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (2015), the first large scale Nordic sculpture exhibition in London of 17 artists across three sites and edited the publication (pub. Hatje Cantz, 2015) and the Boyle Family’s Contemporary Archaeology: The World Series Gotland Site 1968/ 2015 all supported by COlab. She is on the Steering Committee of the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC and is their Women to Watch: Metal delegate. She is also a member of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Grants Panel. She took her MA in History of Art (Distinction) from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2004.


National Festival of Making (FOM), a vibrant celebration of Britain’s manufacturing and making heritage taking place on 6 & 7 May.

The festival will bring together artists designers, manufacturers, small scale makers and the public together to explore their own making potential. The festival takes place in Blackburn, where 25% of people, twice the national average, are still employed in manufacturing.

In the days preceding the weekend festivities Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, Design Council D&AD and Central Research Laboratory, will present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners, makers and other manufacturing businesses.

Through a series of Conversations in Creativity panels and Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) workshops the conference events will address key themes relevant to creative practitioners involved in the maker movement and industry.

Images: From top - work by Charles Hadcock, Hugh Miller, John Grayson & Jamie Holman


Roach Bridge Mill
Roach Road