Ritherdon joins Festival of Making: Art in Manufacturing Season 2

Ritherdon is taking part in the second edition of Art in Manufacturing, as part of the National Festival of Making. The festival celebrates making and the manufacturing heritage of the region. As a manufacturer with a rich history, it’s an honour for us to be part of the festivities.

Ritherdon is privileged to be opening our factory’s doors to an artist residency:  a collaboration between an artist and a maker. We’re the makers of this project and we have been working with sheet metal for over 120 years. We always promote collaboration and encourage co-development of our products with our customers and suppliers. We’ve reached out to the academic world and co-developed products with Manchester University, yet, we’ve never experienced anything quite like this before!

The artist residency is part of the Art in Manufacturing programme that is at the heart of the festival. We’ll be working together with talented Nicola Ellis who is in love with metalwork just as much as us. Nicola is occupied by the use of metal by humans and the material’s cultural impact. We can’t wait to see what the final artwork will be! The commission will be part of the Art in Manufacturing ‘trail’ around Blackburn town centre during the two days of the festival in May.

A bit more about Art In Manufacturing, Season 2:

Forging connections between some of the country’s most talented artists and the manufacturers of Pennine Lancashire, Art In Manufacturing, a co-commission by Festival of Making and Super Slow Way, will return following 2017’s hugely successful commissions. With renewed support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, artists collaborate with manufacturers to make new and innovative art commissions celebrating Lancashire’s rich manufacturing heritage. Will this year reveal a troupe of dancing factory bakers or stirring, tissue paper-inspired choral performance, like those witnessed last year?

We can’t wait to see what the 7 new commissions will produce. Read more about all the Art in Manufacturing Season 2 projects taking place. All will be revealed at the Festival and Ritherdon is delighted to take part. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Festival of Making performance Karen Mathison

The National Festival of Making 2018

Sat 12 – Sun 13 May 2018


Blackburn, Lancashire (Various Town Centre Locations)

The first ever National Festival of Making in 2017 welcomed 30,000 people of all ages to the heart of Lancashire to experience thrilling street performance, buy the best in handcrafted fashion, sample the finest food and drink and get hands-on with over 100 FREE and affordable making experiences in the company of master makers. ‘A new kind of festival for a new age of making’ returns to the manufacturing heartland of Blackburn, Lancashire for a second unmissable year, promising two more exciting days of innovative art installations, workshops and markets throughout the town centre. We hope you can MAKE it!

Supported again by co-founder and influential designer, Wayne Hemingway, The National Festival of Making brings together artists, designers, national and international manufacturers, small-scale makers and the public together to explore their making potential. Located under an hour’s drive from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds and easily reachable by rail and bus, the festival finds its home in Blackburn once again, where the manufacturing industry and the entrepreneurial spirit are still in full bloom.

For updates about the festival programme and information on how to get involved visit www.festivalofmaking.co.uk and sign up to the mailing list.


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