National Festival of Making 2021 Commission: 10 Sculptures Created with the local Community by Ellie Barrett

National Festival of Making 2021 Commission: 10 Sculptures Created with the local Community

A National Festival of Making Open Call was the basis of an invitation for 2020 graduates of creative, cultural industry and art degree programmes based in Lancashire, to consider what they would like to create as part of the festival’s adapted programme of work delivered in the autumn of 2020 & Spring 2021

From the variety of strong applicants, artists Daniel Nelson of UCLan (BA Illustration), and Ellie Barrett of Lancaster University (PhD), were successful in gaining the opportunities.

The Festival, set to take place in June 2020, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this commissioning programme is to ensure that 2020 graduates have the opportunity to make new and exciting work during this period of significant global change.

This installation forms part of the Creative Spaces project.

Artist details:

Ellie Barrett is a sculptor and researcher exploring how using different materials creatively can help us understand ourselves and the world we share. She is constantly drawn to materials we are all familiar with. Bin-bags, cling-film, bubble-wrap and kitchen towels are just some of the things she’s used and she believes innovating with accessible materials is a way of engaging audiences and opening up new ways of thinking. Ellie’s current body of work is made from salt dough (a mix of flour, salt and water): she recreates objects such as food, body parts, commercial goods and art motifs with a homemade and comic aesthetic. They draw comparisons between art making and other forms of production and consumption.

Ellie lives and works in Lancaster, where she also runs GRAFT, an arts organisation which champions artists at the beginning of their professional career and brings exciting contemporary art to wider audiences. This ethos is at the crux of everything she does, both in her curatorial and artistic practices.


Bus Station (Cathedral side)

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