NEWS: From Islington Mill



    24–29 OCTOBER
    As part of an ongoing exploration into the theme of cartoon physics, ‘Hammer-Spaces’ is a collection of new sculptural and print works by artist/designer and Islington Mill resident SJ Hockett.
    As part of the show, there will be a surprise event taking place on Thursday 26 October from 6pm…

    25 OCT–26 NOV
    Gabriel Birch’s Second Skin will occupy all three exhibition spaces at Caustic Coastal in their biggest exhibition to date, alongside the presentation of a new semi-permanent outdoor artwork for the street-front entrance. Second Skin explores Birch’s interests in the skin of both objects and architectural spaces, carving a narrative throughout the exhibition that slips between the beautiful and the uneasy. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 24 October with a preview from 6pm.

    I S L I N G T O N   M I L L   N E E D S   Y O U R   H E L P !
    We are in the middle of a major fundraising campaign to pay for an ambitious and essential programme of repairs and expansion to Islington Mill. We have exciting plans to bring our derelict 5th and 6th floors into full creative use, as well as installing an elevator to make us fully accessible. To match-fund our successful large-scale Arts Council England grant, we’ve had an exciting programme of fundraising ventures over the last year, from gigs to art sales, quizzes to competitions, music from Mr Scruff to the epic Mystery Tubes project. While we tot up our fundraising total and plan our next venture, please read and share our fundraising story and remember that every single pound and penny you can spare will help us to get to our goal, so donate now!
    It was with a heavy heart that we read about three important independent spaces closing in Manchester this month. The Penthouse, Lupo and The Wonder Inn will all shortly close their doors on their current locations, leaving Manchester a little less bright and a little less independent than before. We wish everyone involved the best of luck and we urge all our friend and followers to follow new and existing ventures from these hard-working creative souls and support them however you can.
    W H O   W E   A R E 
    Check out our new interview series and meet some of the people who call Islington Mill home, find out how they first encountered the Mill, what makes them tick intellectually and creatively, and how they imagine a bright future for the Mill.
    E X C I T I N G   H A P P E N I N G S  
    23 OCTOBER, 6.30–8.30PMEcka Mordecai is a performance/sound artist specialising in ‘cello, composition/improvisation and listening. At this event Ecka presents a unique opportunity to:
    turn up
    listen to a recorded sound work
    discuss it
    The event will be hosted in Islington Mill gallery and is designed to be for anyone, meaning you don’t need a background in sound art, or specialist language to take part. Free but donations very welcome.

    31 OCTOBER, 6.30PM
    Frankenhooker + Maniac Cop
    Doors at 6:30pm, films from 7pm. FREE, BYOB and snacks!

    Inspired by the work and Ideas of Gustav Metzger who died in March. In the summer his Flailing Trees in Whitworth Park was destroyed. Metzger developed the concept of ‘auto destructive art’ – of which Flailing Trees is a good example. The Day of Action is the brainchild of Manchester artist Phil Barton.
    The second will be an event held at Islington Mill. During the day, Phil Barton will make an auto-destructive work to remember nature: ‘Out of sight, Out of mind’. Alongside this, participants will be encouraged themselves to take creative action to remember nature, culminating with a performance involving all participants. Salford University and Manchester School of Art students are being invited to take part. If you would like to express interest in taking part too, please contact Phil

    I C Y M I . . . 
    A very detailed news item on our building and funding progress in relation to our Salford City Council pledge and our new building plans. So much more work to do but good to see this in print! None of this would be possible without the historic and ongoing support from all of YOU, whether that’s been financial, friendship or fun, THANK YOU. More news to follow soon…
    #RaiseTheRoof #SaveIslingtonMill

    Islington Mill Arts Academy are represented in this group show at Bradford’s IMAA. Curated by Andy Abbott, the exhibition draws together creative practices that aim to affect change at different scales; from the local to the global, the individual to the environmental, the representational to the social, economic and political. Case studies and examples of historical projects are displayed alongside live, ongoing activities happening in the here and now. Read more.

    21–22 OCTOBER, HULL
    The mighty IMPATV go live with a new video this week: ‘The Forger‘ by Vanishing which you can check out over on their YouTube channel right now. Vanishing are comprised of Hull native Gareth Smith plus talent from right here at the Mill and will be performing a live work comprised of music, visuals and dance, entitled 55°N, 5°Eover 2 nights in Hull, commemorating the infamous Dogger Bank Incident. Read more and buy tickets here.

    GNOD (R&D) // LIVE
    Gnod (R&D) is a stripped back version of the band consisting of Gnod co-founders Paddy Shine and Chris Haslam. After 10 years of Gnod, with over 40 players passing through the ranks, and collaborations with the likes of Charles Hayward, Faust, Anthony Child and White Hills to name but a few, Gnod (R&D) is a chance to hit the road and ‘research and develop’ new sounds, places, people and atmospheres for the next stage of Gnod.
    R&D will see Paddy and Chris improvising with new instruments, sounds and ideas with the option of collaborating with various musicians along the way. There will be an open stage at Gnod (R&D) shows and people are encouraged to get involved via singing, shouting, dancing, bringing an instrument/device to the table or simply tuning in and coming along for the ride.
    Check out the event page for more info.

    with Young Fathers, Ibibio Sound Machine & more
    28 JAN 2018 // BARBICAN
    Video Jam bring together artists from either side of the Atlantic for an evening of short films with original live soundtracks – all inspired by the life and works of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
    The audio-visual producers Video Jam curate events which combine film and live music in response to a site or theme, and on this occasion have responded to the massive cultural impact of Basquiat – who is the subject of Boom for Real in our Art Gallery this autumn. All presenting new work, NYC-based filmmakers and musicians from the UK have been carefully selected, taking into consideration Basquiat’s relationship to TV, film and music, and placing him within the wider context of the time.
    The film work covers a diverse range of genres – hand drawn animation, essay film, narrative, video art and more, while the musicians chosen – including the Mercury Prize winning Young Fathers and the Afro-tinged Ibibio Sound Machine – reflect Basquiat’s wide ranging musical tastes, from Bebop and Jazz to Hip Hop and experimental Noise.

    D I D  Y O U  K N O W . . ?
    An Islington Mill exhibition is currently on display at The Lowry, Salford. On the first floor you will four huge glass cases containing the history and present day story of the Mill, complete with artworks, video and text, plus a micro-exhibition of Maurice Carlin’s ‘Temporary Custodians of Islington Mill’. Check it out…!