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The Meaning of Making: People, Processes and Places

Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Exhibitions, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Wednesday 7th June 2017 (16:00-19:00)
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Join us to celebrate the long tradition of contemporary making in the Midlands and beyond. Focusing on businesses that make useful, beautiful objects from raw materials – explore the importance of making in key locations and celebrate the people, processes and skills involved in making things with care and pride.


To attend this free event please complete our fast online registration form.


  • Hear from experienced business people who have built sustainable businesses based on making in the UK.
  • Learn how they have overcome obstacles to getting things made locally, creating opportunities for skilled employment.
  • Discuss the importance of brand and new technologies in enabling craft businesses to thrive and grow without detracting from quality and authenticity.
  • Network with others in related sectors and industries.

Panel discussion

  • Emma Bridgewater: Founder, Designer and Owner of Emma Bridgewater Pottery, located in Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Chris Holden: Founder and Creative Director of AJOTO, experts in the design of elegant and bespoke tools.
  • Kelly Sidgwick: Co-founder of Good Chemistry Brewing based in Bristol, self-taught makers of approachable beers that celebrate flavour.
  • Simon Topman: CEO of Acme Whistles, Birmingham, makers of the finest whistles in the world. 


16.00 – 17.00: Arrival – ‘Meaning of Making’ exhibitors display

17.00 – 18.00: Welcome by Professor Emma Bell (Open University) followed by Panel Discussion, chaired by Dr Scott Taylor (Birmingham Business School)

18.00 – 19.00: Drinks Reception

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