Make:Shift:Do – the Crafts Council announces a UK-wide festival of new making

Taking place from 21-22 November, Make:Shift:Do is an opportunity for everyone to try their hand at a new craft for the digital age, from laser-cutting and 3D-printing to smart textiles and CNC-milling.

Organised by the Crafts Council, in partnership with the V&A, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Institute of Making at University College London, the programme will see ‘Make Spaces’ across the UK open their doors to the public for free workshops, events and activities. They include:

  • Four different sessions hosted at the V&A, London, including Paper Playscapes, a Digital Design drop-in and a Smart Textiles Pop-Up
  • The Re-make Challenge at the Royal Society of Arts, London, with workshops on making new items from trashed electronics and laser-cutting jewellery
  • Open access days for the public use of laser-cutters, CNC-milling machines and 3D-printers at MAKLab Glasgow, Fab Lab Manchester and Fab Lab Plymouth
  • Digital making workshops at Make Spaces across the country, such as: Derby Museums Service; Dundee University; Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol; Makernow, Falmouth; and The Waiting Room hack-makerspace, Colchester
  • Workshops at London Make Spaces, including: a look at the material properties of carbon at the Institute of Making, UCL; open studios at Makerversity, Somerset House; Blackhorse Workshop, Waltham Forest and The People’s Print, Westminster

The full list of venues will go live at on 30 October and the Make:Shift:Do App will be available on App Store and Google Play from 14 November.