A CALL has gone out for creative souls who can add some entrepreneurial spirit to the next National Festival of Making in Blackburn.

Stallholders are being sought for The Makers' Market, which will take place inside Blackburn Cathedral as part of the festival weekend.

Promoters Hopeful & Glorious are on the lookout for anyone who wants to showcase their art, crafts and handmade treasures.

Festival preparations are already underway for the festival, which will take place on July 6 and 7 this year.

A Hopeful & Glorious spokesman said: "Once again, the Makers' Market will be key feature of the festival, with a wide range of stalls showing and selling work by fabulous artists, designers and makers.

"This year’s marketplace will take place on Saturday, July 6, within Blackburn Cathedral. Makers and visitors have responded positively to the beautiful light and good accessibility right in the heart of the festival activity.

"The marke is a collaboration between festival producers, Festival of Making CIC (community interest company) and guest curators, Hopeful & Glorious to celebrate and spotlight art, craft and design from across the region.

"Hopeful & Glorious will curate a showcase of around 50 artists, makers and designers, who have been selected for the quality and originality of their work."

The organisers have stressed there will not be any food stalls as part of the market, as there is already a designated area for eateries elsewhere in the town centre.

Anyone interested in becoming a stallholder is being asked to complete an application form online or e-mail hopefulandglorious@gmail.com to request a Microsoft Word version of the form

An official added: "Each stand should be presented to a high standard and have a distinctive, visually appealing appearance.

"We will consider makers, designers, artists, and photographers who meet our standards of selection. All work should be made or designed by you."

Traders will be selected on a monthly basis up to June, depending on availability.

The market will take place on the day between 11am and 5pm.