Art in Manufacturing – The National Festival of Making & Super Slow Way

Art in Manufacturing – Open Call for Expressions of Interest, The National Festival of Making & Super Slow Way

The National Festival of Making (NFM) and Super Slow Way (SSW) Invite Expressions of Interest from Artists for: Art in Manufacturing

The Opportunity

In 2019 we will commission six new artist residencies with up to three places available through this open call process.

Art in Manufacturing is NFM’s headline commissioning programme, pairing artists and/or makers with manufacturers in the North of England; giving artists a unique opportunity to work within an industry context. The programme, now in its third year has previously included collaborations with manufacturers working in food, textile, paper, plastic, cardboard, ceramics, wallpaper, textile, metal.

Manufacturers will once again collaborate with artists, interlacing often traditional techniques and materials with challenging, contemporary ideas, with the new work to be revealed as part of the two day festival in Blackburn, Lancashire.

About the Commissioners

NFM celebrates our brilliant UK making industry, from kitchen table makers to master manufacturers, attracting audiences of 40,000 –

SSW is an arts commissioning programme in Pennine Lancashire shaped by local communities working alongside a wide range of local, national and international artists –

Expression of Interest

Responses from artists working in any art form welcome. We’d like to hear from artists and/or makers with a practice which may reflect any of the following:

  • Interest in making in a heritage context
  • Interest in the future of manufacturing
  • Artist / makers interested in engaging with unique, often industrial processes, products and making methods
  • Artists who make work in the public realm
  • Artists who engage communities collaboratively in the making of new work
  • Work that engages audiences within a festival setting


Up to 3 Commissions available via the open call process: Fixed fee of £4750.

How to Apply

Read more and download the guidance:

Questions and Expressions of Interest to – with a subject title ‘Art in Manufacturing EOI’

Key Dates

EOI Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday 19th December

Residency Dates: February – June 2019, to be determined between artist & commissioners.

Festival Dates: 15th & 16th June 2019