Making from a distance

A series of live conversations around Making in the time of Covid

Maker Assembly is hosting a new series of live conversations with makers, educators, producers, changemakers and community organisers engaged in creative responses to the pandemic. 

As cultural and making spaces slowly reopen to the public, we aim to investigate with our guest speakers how the crisis changed the act of making and forced us to reassess labour, artistic and collaborative practices. From art funding to design education, open access workshops to event production, we will explore how maker communities have adapted to this new reality. We will also examine how ready the sector is for uncomfortable conversations about systemic racism and what cultural shift is required to create inclusive design spaces. 

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Festival of Maintenance 2019 in Liverpool

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2018, the Festival of Maintenance is returning on 28th September and brings the celebration of maintainers to Liverpool.

This year’s Festival explore what maintenance means in complex and changing times, bringing together new stories about creativity, craftsmanship, and the challenges of maintenance.

Maker Assembly is supporting this community-run event crated by volunteers and invites you to discover an exiting programme of talks on repair cultures, predictive maintenance, automation and care, urban systems, data, community infrastructure and many more.  

Edinburgh, 3 March 2017


We are very much looking forward to our next gathering in Edinburgh, which will be a special edition of Maker Assembly, developed in collaboration with the British Council.

More than ever before, we will be expanding Maker Assembly’s reach to an international audience. We have invited makers, thinkers and doers from around the world, including representatives from the UK, South Africa, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Mexico and Ukraine, to participate in the day’s discussions and to share their knowledge, skills and experiences. In addition to the day’s sessions and activities, we will have the opportunity to hear more about the British Council’s Maker Library Network and Hello Shenzhen programmes.


09.30 – Arrival and registration
10.00 – Welcome address by Liz Corbin (Institute of Making)

10.15 – Session one: Networks
Fi Scott (Make Works)
Mara Balestrini (The Bristol Approach)
Maker Library Network Legacy
Chaired by Andrew Sleigh (Lighthouse)

11.30 – Coffee break

11.45 – Session two: Designer-Maker
Jasleen Kaur (Jasleen Kaur)
Micaella Pedros (Micaella Pedros)
Silo Studio (Silo Studio)
Helen Steer (Do it Kits)
Chaired by Irini Papadimitriou (V&A)

13.30 – Lunch and chats
Lunchtime Activity: The Incomplete and Crowdsourced History of UK Maker Culture.

Explore and add to the on-going Maker Assembly timeline of UK maker culture
Explore and add to the on-going Maker Assembly timeline of UK maker culture

14.45 – Session three: Making in the open
Hannah Fox (Derby Museum, The Silk Mill)
Jo Ashbridge (AzuKo)
Janet Gunter (Restart Project)
Chaired by Phoenix Perry (Code Liberation Foundation)

16.15 – Coffee break

16:30 – Keynote address: In conversation with Daniel Charny (From Now On) and Alice Rawsthorn (Author and Design Critic). Chaired by Sarah Mann (British Council).

17.15 – Closing remarks by Clive Gillman (Creative Scotland)

17.30 – Drinks reception
18.30 – Traditional Scottish ceilidh (closing at 21.00)

We want everyone who attends our event to enjoy the day and feel able to express their views. As such, we expect all attendees to follow The Ada Initiative Code of Conduct.

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GRAS, The Custom House, 65-67 Commercial Street, Leith,
Edinburgh EH6 6LH


As we have limited capacity, we ask for a £10 booking deposit that will be refunded on the day. Your ticket also includes a communal lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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About the British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. We find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts, to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK.

Maker Assembly Edinburgh is supported by:




Photos by Dan Sumption and Keziah Suskin