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National Festival of Making Talks 2019

A series of talks and related events for interested members of the public, creative practitioners, business people, and stakeholders...

Time & Date: Friday 14th June to Sunday 16th June

Now in its third year, National Festival of Making (NFM) is a vibrant national celebration of making, from the kitchen table to the factory floor. The festival weekend brings together artists, designers, manufacturers, small-scale makers and the public, to explore their own making potential. The festival takes place on 15th and 16th June in Blackburn, where the percentage of people employed in manufacturing is double the national average.

Alongside the weekend programme of hands-on workshops, performances and art installations, there will also be a series of presentations, panels, interviews and speaker events taking place at Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, and various town centre locations.

From Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June, Creative Lancashire in association with select partners, is hosting a series of talks and related events for interested members of the public, creative practitioners, business people, and stakeholders connected to the creative sector, manufacturing industries and associated fields.

The NFM Talks programme launches with three curated roundtable discussions being held at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 14th June. One session will highlight some of the ways the sector is responding to the diminished resource for creative and arts provision in schools, and the implications of its marginalisation in the curriculum. Another session will focus on the issues and challenges experienced by women in tech and STEAM. A third session will explore the unexpected and extraordinary outcomes of the Festival’s ‘Art in Manufacturing’ Programme (AIM) and similar projects, as well as the innovation emerging from the intersection of the arts, making, manufacturing and digital technologies.

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The Festival of Making Talks are free to attend. To reserve your place please register for sessions via Eventbrite.A limited number of walk up places will be available for each day’s events.

 

 Over the weekend a host of leading and innovative speakers will be sharing views and perspectives on a range of topics. From opportunities to gain insights on the artists participating in the AIM showcase; to panels exploring themes such as Why Creativity and Making Matters?  as well as the relationship between culture, creativity and place making. 

Speakers include Andria Zafirakou (founder of Artists in Residence Foundation & Global Teacher of the Year 2018), Alison Clarke & Darren Henley (Arts Council England), and leatherworker, Jason Stocks-Young, who was featured in the recent BBC2 TV series Made in Great Britain.

Prominent makers and designers, such as Halima Cassell, Malcolm Garrett and Patrick Grant, will also be sharing their process and insights in curated panels and Conversations in Creativity events.

Crafts Council’s Real to Reel film festival also returns to NFM and will be screened alongside films made by local producers.

Art in Manufacturing (AIM), is one of many highlights of the festival weekend. AIM features ground-breaking collaborative commissions created by makers and artists paired with global manufacturers based in Lancashire, such as the Cardboard Box Company, Graham & Brown, and WEC.  For 2019, AIM 3 is a collaboration with Blackburn Yarn Dyers, Forbo Flooring Systems, Heritage Envelopes, Senator and Spiroflow.

Lastly, creatives and makers will have the opportunity to gain business support and advice by pre-booking a slot for one of the 'Creative Step' Maker Development Surgery Sessions during the weekend.

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s National Festival of Making Talks programme. For more information and to book your tickets, visit our Eventbrite page.

Download 'cl_nfm19_talks_and_panels_summary_827.pdf'

TALKS AGENDA

FRIDAY 14th June 2019: Victorian Gallery, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

 
10.45                    Round Table: Women in STEAM - inspiring the next generation 

12.00                    Lunch & Networking

13.30                    Round Table: Why Creativity & Making Matters

14.45                    Break & Networking

15.10                    Round Table: The Arts & The Possible             

16.25                    Closing Remarks

 

SATURDAY 15th June 2019: North Transept, Blackburn Cathedral

11.15                    Great Ideas to Save the World - with Daniel Charny (Fixperts) & Guests

12.15                    Conversations in Creativity: Malcolm Garrett in conversation with Gary Aspden

13.30                    Panel: Making & Creating – The Skills of the Future

14.40                    AIM Artist Talks

14.45                    Interview: Superwomen - Small Business Heroes with Wayne Hemingway & Guests

15.00                    UCBC Degree Fashion Show (South Transept)

16.30                    Conversation in Creativity: Halima Cassell with Janet Boston

18.00                    UCBC Degree Fashion Show 2 (South Transept)

 

SUNDAY 16th June 2019: Main Venue: North Transept, Blackburn Cathedral

11.00                    AIM Artist Talks

12.30                    Great Ideas to Save the World - with Patrick Grant & Josie Warden (RSA)

13.45                    Panel: Culture, Creativity & Place

15.00                    Panel: Art in Manufacturing

 

REGISTER HERE  

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s National Festival of Making Talks programme. For more information and to book your tickets, visit our Eventbrite page.

festivalofmaking.co.uk
creativelancashire.org

Twitter: @festofmaking
Instagram: @thefestivalofmaking

 

Download 'national_festival_of_making__talks_2019.pdf'

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Blackburn Mueuem & Art Gallery 

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Blackburn Cathedral

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