SIX teams of major manufacturers and creative artists have been confirmed for next month's second National Festival of Making in Blackburn.

They include global international decoration giant Graham and Brown, The Cardboard Box Company, AMS Neve, and WEC.

In addition theatre producer and artist, Dawinder Bansal explores the crafts and traditions which come together to create a traditional South Asian wedding with domestic artisans and small businesses.

This is the second year of the groundbreaking Art In Manufacturing partnership between artists and leading companies to produce unique commissions at the festival on Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13

Their new works of art developed on the factory floor will be displayed at the two-day festival.

They include a soundscape experience in an eerily abandoned ballroom, the full-bodied embrace of a wallpaper mill’s colour capabilities, a cardboard cinema and the wholesale movement of tons of industrial machinery.

This year's collaborations include Manchester's print and textile artist Sarah Hardacre and Clayton-le-Moors wallpaper manufacturer Surface Print using the fabric of the factory and the machinery itself as a potential artwork.

Burnley recording console producer AMS Neve will work with Martyn Ware, the Human League and Heaven 17 founder, on a work highlighting the sounds of the factory floor.

Cumbria community artist Hannah Fox will collaborate with Accrington's The Cardboard Box Company to look into Blackburn’s past as home to 15 cinemas.

Blackburn's Graham & Brown will be home to Manchester-based artist, Liz West, famed for her use of colour and light while London's David Murphy will be a Darwen engineering firm WEC Group who will work with seven apprentices in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Also in Darwen, metal art specialist Nicola Ellis will be based at the town's Ritherdon which specialises in the design and manufacture of multi-purpose stainless steel electrical enclosures.

Ms Bansal will be working with 'Domestic Makers' to create a traditional 1980's South Asian wedding including samosa makers, the stitchers of opulent outfits and intricate mehndi body artists.

She will build on the success of ‘Front Room Factories’, one of the highlights of last year's first-ever National Festival of Making which attracted 30,000 people to Blackburn and its town centre.

Wayne Hemingway, the festival's director: “The National Festival of Making happens just once a year and it is here that we gather together many of the very best makers from around Lancashire and beyond to create an unrivalled sense of occasion as well as an unparalleled opportunity to find the unexpected item of clothing, art or homewares we never knew we needed."