MakerShed is a free design competition for design students of all types.

Maker-spaces are creative DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn.

Shed Architecture is a colloquial term for a simple, small scale structure.

The MAKERSHED brings these two concepts together.

Placeshakers is launching the MAKERSHED student competition to create one or more specially designed shed(s) for the new, National Festival of Making taking place in Blackburn, Lancashire in May 2017.

Placeshakers CIC is a social enterprise which is creatively facilitating change in the built environment. We work with a range of people and collaborators to develop sustainable approaches to creative place-making. Our projects are about animating unloved, underused or abandoned places, and through this process, creating a plan for them to be brought to life and loved once again.

The MAKERSHEDs will be created for The National Festival of Making, which will take place in Blackburn town centre on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May, 2017. Blackburn is a town where 25% of the population work in making and manufacturing (twice the national average) positioning the town as the natural home for what we hope will be an annual event.

The festival will celebrate the joy of making for all ages and backgrounds and celebrate all aspects of making from heavy engineering through to those making products in their front rooms. Expect to experience exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, art, music, food and markets.

For further information visit: 

www.festivalofmaking.co.uk or email makersheds@placeshakers.co.uk

This is a free competition open to all entrants, the aim of which is to generate creative, practical and affordable designs for portable and securable outdoor Maker Spaces.