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Conversations in Creativity

Creative Lancashire's Conversations in Creativity is a series of talks where creative's from across the disciplines explore how inspiration from around the world informs process.

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

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.

In the days preceding the weekend celebration of making Creative Lancashire in association with partners including D&AD, Crafts Council, Make it British & Central Research Laboratory present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners/makers and industry.

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 manufactures. 

Conversations in Creativity – Charles Hadcock Studio 

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

Studio Visit & Panel Discussion 

with 
Charles Hadcock
John Grayson
Hugh Miller
Jamie Holman  

Hosted by Claire Mander 

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: emg@creativelancashire.org
Tickets: £10 / £6 Concessions/RBS Members

Conversations in Creativity: Self-initiated Projects

in association with D&AD

A stellar panel of designer-makers discuss their inspirations and importance of self-initiated projects in their creative practice.

with
Craig Oldham
Hamish Muir 
Jane Foster

Hosted by Dave Kirkwood

Time:     6.30-8.30pm
Date:     
Wednesday 3 May
Venue:  Blackburn Cathedral
Tickets:
£6 / £4 Concessions & Creative Lancashire/Creative Industries Federation/D&AD members

TICKETS & REGISTRATION

Members of Creative Lancashire Network, Creative Industries Federation & D&AD can use the following Code to purchase Tickets at the discounted price of £4:

CODE: BIG5017 

Masterclass in Making: Dave Kirkwood, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster - What makes the makers? (2-4pm 3 May - University Centre Blackburn College) 
Earlier during the same day members of the panel will also take part in anintimate round table discussion bringing together designers, makers, students businesses and anyone interested in the creative process.Places are limited.
Tickets:
 By Invitation – A number of places will be made available to students & relevant creative practitioners. To request a place contact: emg@creativelancashire.org

Convesations in Creativity: Plumen with Alice Rawsthorn

in association with D&AD

Three of the most respected names in design discuss their collaboration with Plumen, one of the world's leading lighting company, and their own studio practice.

with
Nicolas Roope
Claire Norcross 
Samuel Wilkinson 

Hosted by Alice Rawsthorn

Time:     6.30-8.30pm
Date:     
Wednesday 3 May
Venue:   Blackburn Cathedral
Tickets: 
£6 / £4 Concessions & Creative Lancashire/Creative Industries Federation/D&AD members

TICKETS & REGISTRATION

Members of Creative Lancashire Network, Creative Industries Federation & D&AD can use the following Code to purchase Tickets at the discounted price of £4:

CODE: BIG5017

Conversations in Creativity

In 2011 Creative Lancashire launched Conversations in Creativity - a network and series of events where creative's from across the principles, crafts and disciplines explore how inspiration from around the world informs process. Previous events have featured Wayne & Gerardine Hemingway and Gary Aspden (Adidas Originals), Pete Fowler (Illustrator/Animation Film Maker/Designer), Donna Wilson (Designer) and a series of events during the Guild Festival with Nick Park (Aardman), Lemn Sissay (Poet) and Jeanette Winterson (Author) hosted by Dave Haslam.

Past Events:

John Puttick & Gareth Gardner

A Womans Place

Bowie – The Very Best of Britannia

BOB North Debate – Collaboration

Made You Look

Conversations in Creativity at BOB North

Mike Pickering

John Bramwell - Iam Kloot

John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

Simon Aldred - Cherry Ghost

Donna Wilson

Pete Fowler

Jeanette Winterson

Lemn Sissay

Nick Park

Wayne & Gerardine Hemingway

Gary Aspden