Blackburn Youth Zone receives funding from the ‘Arts Council’

Blackburn Youth Zone receives funding from the ‘Arts Council’

andrew graham


Blackburn Youth Zone has received funding from the ‘Arts Council’ to deliver a young-person led art project in collaboration with the Hive manufacturing group. The project uses waste from local manufacturers to inspire young people to make art, including unicorns and musical instruments. BYZ members have been involved in developing the art, which will be displayed in BBC Radio Lancashire’s window as part of the Festival of Making weekend.

For the second year running Blackburn Youth Zone are central to supporting the National Festival of Making. Our founder Andrew Graham and CEO Hannah Allen have formed part of the steering group ensuring that young people, business and community are benefitting from this fantastic National Festival that will put Blackburn on the map, once again.

Activities, supported by funding from the Arts Councils ‘Grants for the Arts’ programme, will bring in a professional artist that will help young people at Blackburn Youth Zone explore using ‘waste’ from local manufacturers, including Cardboard Box Company, as a material for artistic expression, social responsibility around waste, and the impact of our waste products on the environment.

Ken Shackleton, Managing Director Cardboard Box Company said:

‘By providing the facilities and bringing together young people from our very diverse communities and social backgrounds to partake in an amazingly wide array of social activities, the Youth Zone is creating the platform for the youth of today to become the community leaders of our future society.’

Blackburn Youth Zone will have an explosion of making activities during the Festival of Making including the presentation of an artist’s landmark map of Lancashire, fabric making with miniature looms, miniature building making with lolly pop sticks, rock painting and mini unicorn making workshops.  The Youth Music Festival will use instruments made by young people and will include Arts Slam, rap battles, dance off, graffiti work and a DJ.

The Cardboard Box Company came on board as Founder Patrons and has been involved in supporting Blackburn Youth Zone since 2011, they act as a catalyst within the business community and inspire young people with their creative energy.

Hannah Allen, Chief Executive Blackburn Youth Zone said:

‘We are proud to support the National Festival of Making, as it is key to BYZ mission to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together. The Festival will bring the town alive ensuring that local people and visitors  explore their making potential, creating encounters with artists, designers, national and international manufacturers and small-scale makers.’