The National Festival of Making Conference, 27 April - 11 May 2017

Various locations in Blackburn

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In the days preceding the weekend celebration of making Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, D&AD, Central Research Laboratory, Lancashire Business View and others present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners/makers and other businesses

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. 

Key Themes:

New Global Strategies for the Industry 4.0 Age – The Internationalisation of Innovation:
In spite of easy access to a plethora of publications, courses and specialists in innovation businesses of all sizes often struggle to systemise success.  We take a look at leading and pioneering organisations, and how they make doing new things successfully (and repeatably), across global markets.

Politics of Production:
With shifting political and social boundaries influences on how, where and why things are made are changing rapidly. We will stimulate a debate about the choices a maker (of any scale) has to make today for the products of tomorrow, whilst examining the impact of emerging consumer markets and demand for goods.

The New Consumer:
Are we seeing a generational shift in the behaviors associated with choosing and using a product? We’d like to explore what motivates the new consumer and explore how manufacturers are responding to the challenge.

What's going on?

Conversations in Creativity – How to make work

Charles Hadcock, John Grayson, Hugh Miller, Jamie Holman & Claire Mander (Host) in association with The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Panel and Studio visit What does success look like for the artist, maker and designer? This question goes beyond bank accounts and ‘gnaws at the core of what it means to pursue a career…

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Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) – Breakfast round-table with Boost & Lancashire Business View

Round-table discussion bringing together industry, designers, makers, students and conference speakers including leading lights in the maker movement to discuss the key issues for making and manufacturing. In association with Lancashire Business View magazine. By Invitation. For more information contact: emg@creativelancashire.org

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Master class in Making – Dave Kirkwood, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster – What makes the makers?

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 the creative process. Time: 2-4pm Date: Wednesday 3 May Venue: UCBC Tickets: By Invitation – A number of places will be made available…

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Business Innovation for Growth (BIG): Purposeful Practice with Simon Bolton & and Lesley Gulliver, hosted by Richard Slater from Lancashire Business View

The session will examine 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 the world’s top brands, Simon Bolton recently joined Edge Hill University as a Professor of Innovation and Associate Dean of Enterprise and Employability. He…

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Why the future’s bright for UK textile manufacturing?

Kate Hills – Make It British, Adam Mansell – UKFT, Vanessa Podmore –previously at Burberry, (Patrick Grant/David Collinge/John Spencer tbc)  Make it British host a round panel discussion about 21st Century textile manufacturing  Time: 2-4pm (tbc) Date: Thursday 4 May Venue: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery Tickets: £6 / £4 Concessions & Creative Lancashire/Creative Industries Federation/Make it British…

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Conversations in Creativity – Northern Aesthetic / Northern Fashion

Patrick Grant, Adam Murray, Lou Stoppard, Wayne Hemingway, Patrick Murphy/Caroline Rush (CEO British Fashion Council) Time: 1-3pm (tbc) Date: Sunday 7 May (tbc) Venue: Blakeys, King Georges Hall How to sustain making in Lancashire: Facilitated and led by Jonathan Ball Post festival workshop to inform FOM 2018 and initiatives to sustain making in Lancashire –…

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Conversations in Creativity: Craig Oldham, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster hosted by Dave Kirkwood

A stellar panel of designer-makers discuss their inspirations and importance of self-initiated projects in their creative practice. Conversations in Creativity is a network and series of events where creatives from across the principles, crafts and disciplines explore how inspiration from around the world informs process. For the National Festival of Making, we bring together three…

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Conversations in Creativity: Nicolas Roope, Claire Norcross & Samuel Wilkinson, hosted by Alice Rawsthorn

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. Nicolas Roope launched Plumen with Michael-George Hemus in 2011. Plumen is an energy-efficient light bulb with design credentials. Six years later, Plumen has become a full lighting company, and the…

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Little Business – BIG Ideas/The Business of Making: Fi Scott (Make Works), Jim Rhodes/Barney Mason (Made by Those), & Nicolas Roope (Plumen) Hosted by Daniel Charny (From Now On/Fixperts)

We offer a glimpse into what the future could be through case studies of dynamic maker start-ups who demonstrate how creativity can help us imagine a different world. Daniel Charny moderates a panel with Fi Scott, Founder of Make Works, an innovative platform that allows designers and makers to find manufacturers, material suppliers and workshop…

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Design and craft by Alice Rawsthorn

They downed over a million soft drinks and scoffed nearly as many Bath buns, but most of the six million people who trooped into the Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park to visit the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations in the summer of 1851 were drawn there by prize exhibits…

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BIG – Beyond the hype: the impact of the maker movement

Daniel Charny, Eddie Kirkby, Hannah Fox, Hannah Stewart (Host) Daniel Charny & Eddie Kirkby consider how the maker movement is slowly transforming into mainstream impact – sometimes in unexpected ways. The talk will provide real insights for policy/decision makers and those interested in making as a movement for social change. Time: 3-5pm (tbc) Date: Friday 5 May…

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Jonathan Ball – Principal, Designmine

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Charles Hadcock FRBS, Sculptor

Charles Hadcock FRBS studied fine art at the Royal College of Art, London specialising in sculpture and in 2008 was made a fellow of the RBS. 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…

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Hugh Miller, Artist

I design and make studio furniture in wood. My studio is in central Liverpool, and my work is influence by a set of Japanese design principles developed during a research study in Japan in 2015. What was your first memory of creativity? Playing with sellotape, cardboard and string in my room to try to make…

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Jamie Holman, Artist, Writer and Lecturer

I work like an archaeologist, digging amongst our collective forgotten and discarded memories, our lost words, and undervalued objects, remaking the images we associate with our communities, hoping that something extraordinary will reveal itself and that unexpected connections and collisions will emerge. The work I make has an aesthetic economy that allows simple formal gestures…

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Hamish Muir, Graphic Designer

Hamish Muir was co-founder of the London-based graphic design studio 8vo (1985-2001), and co-editor of Octavo, International Journal of Typography (1986-92). Since 2001, Muir has been a Lead Tutor (part-time) on the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course at London College of Communication. In 2009, he co-founded MuirMcNeil, a project-based collaborative with Paul McNeil….

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Jane Foster, Designer & Author

Jane Foster is a British textile designer, illustrator, maker and author living and working in Devon with her partner and daughter. Jane creates Scandinavian and retro-inspired designs. By the end of 2017, Jane will have had 17 books published with the majority of these being colourful retro board books for pre-school children. She has also…

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John Grayson, Enameller & Automata Maker

John Grayson specialises in narrative-based metal work. His practice focuses on exploring through craft, the defunct industrial metal forming and decorating processes employed by Victorian tin toy and Georgian enamel manufacturers. By appropriating the aesthetics associated with these industries, he makes contemporary satirical objects, often in response to political events. What was your first memory…

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Alice Rawsthorn OBE

New York Times & Frieze
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Conference Agenda

Thursday 27 April

3-6pm

Conversations in Creativity: Charles Hadcock Studio & RBS Panel. Venue: Roach Bridge Mill

An exclusive opportunity to gain an 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.

Wednesday 3rd May

2-4pm

Masterclass in Making: What Makes the Maker, Round-table. Venue: UCBC (Blackburn College)

An opportunity to get up close with leading creative practitioners and thought leaders in an intimate roundtable discussions bringing together designers, makers, students businesses and anyone interested in the creative process. By invitation only

6.30-8.30pm

Conversations in Creativity: Craig Oldham, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster with Dave Kirkwood (Host). Venue: Blackburn Cathedral

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

Thursday 4th May

11-1pm

BIG: Purposeful Practice. Venue: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

The session will examine role of design thinking in driving innovative manufacturing through an examination of case studies including Nike and Plumen.

6.30-8.30pm

Conversations in Creativity: Nicolas Roope, Claire Norcross & Samuel Wilkinson – Alice Rawsthorn (Host). Venue: Blackburn Cathedral

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.

Friday 5th May

8.30-10am

BIG: Breakfast Round-table Discussion with Lancashire Business View (by invite only)

Round-table discussion bringing together industry, designers, makers, students and conference speakers including leading lights in the maker movement to discuss the key issues for making and manufacturing. In association with Lancashire Business View magazine.

11-1pm

Little Business - BIG Ideas; The business of making. Venue: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

We offer a glimpse into what the future could be through case studies of dynamic maker start-ups who demonstrate how creativity can help us imagine a different world.

3-5pm

BIG: Beyond the hype: the impact of the maker movement: (Followed by BBC/Festival Launch). Venue: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

A panel with some of the leading figures and thought leaders at the forefront of the maker movement

8.30-10.30pm

Real to Reel. Venue: The Bureau. Centre For The Arts

Crafts Council in association with Creative Lancashire & National Festival of Making

Saturday 6th May

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Jeni McConnell (Art In Manfuracturing) Walking Tour. Venue: Various locations, Blackburn town centre

11-6pm

Blackburn Exposed Curated films & Commissions (inc Made You Look). Venue: The Bureau. Centre For The Arts

11-5pm

Pewter Making Workshop. Venue: Blackburn Central Library

11.30-4pm

Crafts Council Portfolio Session

7.30–9.30pm

Real to Reel. Venue: The Bureau. Centre For The Arts

Crafts Council in association with Creative Lancashire & National Festival of Making

Sunday 7th May

see website

Jeni McConnell (Art In Manfuracturing) Walking Tour. Venue: Various locations, Blackburn town centre

11-6pm

Blackburn Exposed Curated films & Commissions (inc Made You Look). Venue: The Bureau. Centre For The Arts

11-5pm

Pewter Making Workshop. Venue: Blackburn Central Library

11.30-4pm

Crafts Council Portfolio Session

7.30–9.30pm

Real to Reel. Venue: The Bureau. Centre For The Arts

Crafts Council in association with Creative Lancashire & National Festival of Making

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