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National Festival of Making Conference

In the days preceding the weekend celebration of making Creative Lancashire present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners/makers and industry.

In the days preceding the weekend celebration of making Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, Make it British, Central Research Laboratory, Lancashire Business View and others 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.

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.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME:

Conversations in Creativity – Charles Hadcock Studio

Studio Visit & Panel in association with The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS)

with Charles Hadcock, Jamie Holman, John Grayson, Hugh Miller and hosted by Claire Mander (Depiuty Director, RBS)


A unique insight into the work and process of artist, Charles Hadcock FRBS, followed by a panel discussion with other celebrated artists. A minibus transfer will be available from Blackburn & Preston Train Station.

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 with the RBS and other 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

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

With Craig Oldham, Hamis Muir, Jane Foster and hosted by Dave Kirkwood

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

in association with D&AD

Time:    6.30-8.30pm
Date:   
Wednesday 3 May
Venue:  Blackburn Cathedral

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Conversations in Creativity: Self Initiated Projects

With Craig Oldham, Hamis Muir, Jane Foster and hosted by Dave Kirkwood

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

in association with D&AD

Time:    6.30-8.30pm
Date:   
Wednesday 3 May
Venue:  Blackburn Cathedral

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Business Innovation for Growth (BIG): Purposeful Practice

Simon Bolton with Lesley Gulliver (The Engine Room), Paul Sohi (Autodesk) & Simon Bolton (Edge Hill University

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

Time:     11-1pm
Date:    
Thursday 4 May
Venue:  
Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

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Conversations in Creativity: Nicolas Roope, Claire Norcross & Samuel Wilkinson – Host Alice Rawsthorn

An illustrious panel of respected designers with Nicolas Roope, Claire Norcross & Samuel Wilkinson and hosted by Alice Rawsthorn who writes on design in the International New York Times and Frieze.

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.

In association with D&AD.

Time:     6.30-8.30pm      
Date:    
Thursday 4 May
Venue:   Blackburn Cathedral

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Little Business – BIG Ideas/The Business of Making: 

With Daniel Charny (From Now On), Fi Scott (Make Works), Jim Rhodes/Barney Mason (Those), & Nicolas Roope (Plumen)

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.

Time:    11-1pm
Date:    
Friday 5 May
Venue:  Blackburn Cathedral/Blackburn Museum (tbc)

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

With Daniel Charny (left - From Now On/Fixperts), Eddie Kirkby (The Making Rooms), Hannah Fox (Derby Silk Mill – The Museum of Making) and hosrted by Hannah Stewart (RCA),

A panel with some of the leading figures and thought leaders at the forefront of the maker movement consider how the maker movement is slowly transforming into mainstream impact - sometimes in unexpected ways. The talk will provide real insights for policy and decision makers or those interested in making as a movement for social change.

Time:   3-5pm (tbc)
Date:   
Friday 5 May
Venue: Blackburn Museum

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Crafts Council's Real to Reel Film Festival

An eclectic programme of 44 shorts over 3 nights, highlighting the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities.

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, this year’s shortlist highlights the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities.

Date: Friday 5: 8.30-10.30pm / Saturday 6 & Sunday 7: 7.30-9.30pm
Venue: The Bureau Centre for the Arts

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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 - aimed at stakeholder, makers and festival partners and other relevant strategic stakeholders.

Date:   Thursday 11 May - details tbc

Jonathan Ball built his career on using the practice of human-centred design to help organisations achieve new levels of innovation. He began his career in product design, where he designed a diverse range of consumer products, from toys to toilet seats. All of Jonathan’s designs were manufactured and sold - success that he attributes to the human-centred design principles.
As a Design Associate for Design Council he initiated the internationally recognised Design Atlas and is part of the team that led the creation and delivery of its coaching programmes. Clients, include manufacturing and service businesses, as well as the Home Office, BIS and Government Office for Science. Recent work includes three years as an independent Programme Director and Lead Instructor for LUMA Institute in Pittsburgh with clients that include McDonalds, Honeywell, Autodesk, Prudential and a leading broadcasting and media corporation, where he is developing an approach to creative decision-making.

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