Art in Manufacturing Open Call for an Artist Residency with Standfast & Barracks. A Co-Commission with the National Festival of Making and British Textile Biennial.

19 January 2024

The National Festival of Making and British Textile Biennial are releasing a new Art in Manufacturing opportunity for an artist or maker to become Artist in Residence at historic fabric printing company, Standfast & Barracks, during their Centenary year.

Photography: Danny Allison



The artist practitioner or collective will undertake a residency with Standfast & Barracks based in Lancaster.

Residencies will take place between the period of late February 2024 and June 2024. The residency dates during this period are flexible and will be determined in conversation with the National Festival of Making and Standfast & Barracks.

As an outcome of this residency, the Artist in Residence will make a new piece of work/body of work that will be shown at the National Festival of Making 2024 (6th – 7th July) and at the British Textile Biennial 2025 (dates to be announced).

We welcome responses from all types of creatives – artists / makers / designers. This commission is open to both individuals and collectives.

PROJECT BUDGET: The project budget is £8000. The project budget should cover your artist fees, expenses and materials plus any other associated costs.

HOW TO APPLY: Download the PDF below to see the full guidance for this Open Call:

DEADLINE: Thursday 8th February 2024, 5:00 pm.

Interviews will take place on Monday 19th February. You will be notified if you have been selected for an interview no later than Thursday 15th February.

Important Information

If you would like the application information in a different format or to discuss alternative ways to submit an application, please email We are open to many alternative ways to submit including video/audio recordings of commission proposals.

Festival of Making CIC’s aim is that our workforce, contributors and partners are representative of the diverse society we live in and that each individual feels respected, supported and able to give their best. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities and welcome discussions about specific individual requirements. Please contact us by emailing Helen on the details above, or email


Photography provided by Standfast & Barracks


Established in 1924, based in the heart of Lancaster and a proud member of Sanderson Design Group, Standfast & Barracks is renowned for its impressive heritage of textile printing. Design, creativity, and innovation are at the heart of its product development, with expertise in both conventional printing techniques and groundbreaking digital printing technology. Standfast & Barracks’ extensive processes take the cloth on a journey from its raw state to a beautiful, finished fabric, all on one site.

Standfast & Barracks is also committed to the development of a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business practice. With the ambition to be Carbon Net Zero by 2030, they continue to reduce their carbon emissions to protect future generations and unite against climate change, being Planet Mark certified for the past five years.

In their Centenary year Standfast & Barracks’ are celebrating 100 years of being part of British Manufacturing, and their position as an unique, international and world-class business while maintaining a strong sense of community, place, people and heritage.

Learn more about Standfast & Barracks here


Art in Manufacturing Season 5 residency outcomes: Ibukun Baldwin + Cookson & Clegg, Sapien + SWS UK, Sarah Evelyn Marsh and Stephanie Jefferies + Herbert Parkinson and Sam Belinfante + Panaz – Photography by Jules Lister & Robin Zahler.


Art in Manufacturing has previously included artistic residences with manufacturers working in food, textile, paper, plastic, cardboard, ceramics, wallpaper, textile and metal. Commissioned artists co-create with factory workforces who share skills, craftsmanship and personal histories that often directly inform artistic outcomes that interlace traditional techniques and materials to create astonishing, collaborative work across sculpture, film, dance, sound, print and installation.

National Festival of Making is a unique celebration of UK making, from the kitchen table to the factory floor. Presenting a programme of work that combines art, manufacturing, making and communities, we commission artists to create world class works, a year round programme and a participatory free family festival for all to enjoy. During the Festival Weekend, we fill the streets of Blackburn with free participatory making opportunities, workshops, performances, talks, exhibitions, makers markets and more.

British Textile Biennial throws a spotlight on the nation’s creativity, innovation and expression in textiles against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire. British Textile Biennial 2025 will explore invention and innovation, past, present, and future; inventions that kickstarted the Industrial Revolution and innovations that revolutionised our lives, but often came at a cost to the environment. With artists and designers, BTB25 looks at the textile innovations of the future that can help regenerate the planet and its people.

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