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

National Festival of Making Conference in association with Business Innovation for Growth (BIG)

Time & Date: 3-5pm, Friday 5th May

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

A panel of leading and influential figures connected to some of the initiatives and prjects in the maker space consider how the 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.

Daniel Charny: From Now On/Fixperts
Eddie Kirkby: The Making Rooms
Hannah Fox: Derby Silk Mill
Hannah Stewart (Host)

Address/Location: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Museum St, Blackburn, BB1 7AJ

Time: 3-5pm
Date: Friday 5 May
Venue: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
Tickets: £6 / £4 Concessions 


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



Daniel Charnyis an acclaimed curator and design educator deeply interested in the role of making in our future lives. He is creative director of the London based consultancy From Now On and co-founder director of the award winning social design initiative Fixperts. Charny is Professor of Design at Kingston University and guest professor at KADK in Copenhagen, previously Senior Tutor at Royal College of Art. He is best known as curator of the Power of Making exhibition for the V&A museum and as creative director of the Maker Library Network for the British Council and founding director of the hardware incubator Central Research Laboratory.

Eddie Kirkby is a multi-disciplinary engineer who graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Mechatronics. While studying for his degree, he spent a year as a manufacturing engineer at Vauxhall Motors. He then became involved in the quality and commercial management of automotive injection mould tooling projects for Global Engineering Solutions. Following a period at Manufacturing Institute within the New Product Development department, he led the introduction of the UK’s first Fab Lab and has recently taken on the role of director of The Making Rooms (Blackburn), Lancashire's first Fab Lab in early 2016, and plans to lead the facility to become the epicentre for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the North West.

Hannah Fox led a ground-breaking project with Derby Museums to develop a new way forwards for Derby Silk Mill (above) - the site of the world's first factory. Citizen curators and makers are at the heart of the vision for the new Museum of Making - getting hands on, learning new skills and sharing skills with others to expand perspectives of what a museum is and can be. "We're taking the co-productions, human-centred ethos and apply it to a major capital development project; maintaining both integrity to the approach that has given it its stand-out nature, but also deliverability against the resources and stakeholder expectations." This methodology has received national and international acclaim - featuring in publications including Nina Simon's latest book The Art of Relevance.

Hannah Stewart does curiosity driven research and making to explore what futures are possible or probable; using artefacts, speculative design and action research projects to establish factors of influence and trends. Hannah is currently Research Associate at the Royal College of Art on the Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing project, co-director of Freerange Industries and an independent researcher. Alongside Andrew Sleigh she was commissioned to produce the UK Makerspaces Open Dataset for NESTA. Her Phd research with the Creative Exchange focused on the values and practices of the makerspace, indieweb and open data communities.

Images: Daniel Charny, Hannah Fox & Eddie Kirkby


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.


Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery,
Museum Street