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Four artists commissioned to join Art in Manufacturing programme

Four artists have been chosen to create new works as part of Art in Manufacturing, the headline commissioning programme for the National Festival of Making in Blackburn.

Emerging artist and designer Nehal Aamir (pictured) specialises in the storytelling of rituals and realities of contemporary life through creating intricate, hand-painted tiles, is in residence with architectural ceramic experts Darwen Terracotta and Faience.

Horace Lindezey, a studio ceramicist and textile artist with visual arts charity Venture Arts who support learning disabled artists, will design and develop new work with Blackburn’s The Making Rooms.

Margo Selby, awarded the 2021 Turner Medal for Britain’s Greatest Colourist, whose eponymous product ranges are available through national retailers including John Lewis, as well as her woven artworks which are collected and exhibited worldwide, is going into residence with textile printing company, Standfast & Barracks in Lancaster.

Artist, public art curator and producer Sam Williams, known for her playful and playable installations is working with state-of-the-art packaging plant The Cardboard Box Company, Accrington.

Since Art in Manufacturing began in 2016, 31 artists have been commissioned to work with 24 artisan makers and manufacturers, often with groundbreaking and diverse results.

These distinctive creative partnerships see emerging and established artists develop their practice in residency at an industry workplace, working together with the factories’ highly skilled specialists.

Residencies take place between November and July, culminating in a celebration of new collaborative installations at the National Festival of Making on July 6 and 7. They are a unique opportunity for manufacturers to show off exactly why they’re at the forefront of their industries.

Elena Jackson, curator of the Art in Manufacturing programme and co-director of the National Festival of Making, said: “I am always blown away by the standard of proposals that we get from artists to take part in Art in Manufacturing. By being able to collaborate with a highly skilled manufacturing workforce, there is a mutual sharing of talents, of experience, and of knowledge that results in exciting installations only possible because of these inspirational partnerships that span art and industry. This year’s artists and manufacturers bring their own contrasting specialisms and backgrounds to the programme and we can’t wait to see the results.”

The National Festival of Making is an annual free celebration of UK making featuring performances, workshops, talks, exhibitions and markets across Blackburn town centre. The full festival programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

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