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Assemble: Derby’s Making Festival

An annual celebration of makers and making of all shapes and sizes at the new Museum of Making.

Following the success of last year’s event, ‘Assemble: Derby’s Making Festival’ returns to the Museum of Making on Saturday 22nd October 2022, this year featuring Aardman Animation!

Produced by Derby Museums, Assemble is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, which aims to celebrate making in all its shapes and forms. Bringing together artists and makers from varied disciplines to share their passion and skills with the public and to encourage others to have a go at making themselves.

Last year’s event saw audiences of over 900 in attendance and featured more than 50 makers on-site, with demonstrations in everything from ceramics and embroidery to laser-cutting, weaving, jewellery-making, metalwork, robotics and automata, visitors could also try workshops in clay-modelling, knitting, coding, origami and letterpress printing to name but a few.

We’re expecting this year’s event to be even bigger and busier than the last and applications to share your work as part of the day are now open.

Do you have a project or skill you’re looking to showcase? We welcome applications from makers and artists from all disciplines and skill levels, from tinkerers and hobbyists to industry and professionals – and everything in between!

 There is no fee to exhibit for non-commercial makers and exhibitors are encouraged to make on-site during the event.

Assemble is an opportunity to share your passions and skills, network with other makers and artists and inspire the makers of the future all in the glorious surroundings of the Museum of Making, a UNESCO World Heritage on what is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first factory.

Save the date! Assemble: Derby’s Making Festival – Saturday 22nd October 2022 – Meet the makers and discover what you can make!

 Follow us on social media @derbymuseums (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and @museumofmaking (Twitter) for more updates, or join our mailing list here.

We are now inviting makers to apply for Assemble 2022:

Please fill out the makers application form here.

Applications for Makers are open until 5pm on Friday 12th August 2022, and tickets go on sale later in the year.

Images: (c) Kate Lowe Photography