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Posted on 4th August 2016

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  • Not Run Of The Mill!

    4th August 2016

    Islington Mill has been awarded major Arts Council England grant.

    Arts Council England has confirmed a funding total of £928,000 from their large scale capital programme for Islington Mill Arts Club, towards the £2.5 million needed for the renovation and refurbishment plan that will help us to secure a thriving independent
    future for Islington Mill. 

    For two decades, Islington Mill has operated as an independent collective of artists and creative businesses housed in a reclaimed industrial building. The Mill supports its local community with initiatives such as rent-free workspaces for creative start-ups and talent development,

    Around 1700 artists and makers from around the world have passed through the doors of Islington Mill and launched successful careers. It is recognised as one of the UK’s leading independent venues with 50 studio spaces housing over 100 multi-disciplinary creators, as well as event and gallery spaces, collectively attracting 15,000 annual visitors.

    To further boost the project, Salford City Council have pledged an additional £400,000 of funding, and together with other benefactors the current funding total comes to £1,765,000. They now need your help to raise £735,000 to unlock these funds.

    Bill Campbell, Founder and Co-Director of Islington Mill has said:
    “The vision for Islington Mill was built on an ethos of experimentation,
    creativity and inclusivity that has evolved and clarified over the last
    fifteen years. More than just a physical venue, ours is an attitude and
    approach that unites not only the local community, but International artists.
    We are now in a strong position to install our urgently needed roof and create
    additional residence spaces, developing a hive of creativity.”


    Ian Tabbron, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England said:
    “The Arts Council is pleased to be investing in Islington Mill through a
    capital grant to Islington Mill Arts Club. Islington Mill is an innovator in
    many important areas of contemporary culture and is also instrumental in
    helping us understand the development needs of communities who currently face
    many barriers to participation in the arts. We look forward to working with
    key stakeholders, particularly Salford City Council, to help the organisation
    realise the potential of their building and its many exciting programmes of
    work.”


    Dave Haslam, DJ, Cultural Icon and Author said:
    “I was asked by theNew York Times to discuss Manchester’s music but instead of
    harking back to the past, I told them how much contemporary activity there was
    in the region that had similarly informal and non-institutional roots. In the
    course of my interview I described Islington Mill as ‘one of the spiritual
    homes of the post-Hacienda generation...”

    Tim Burgess, Singer, Author and DJ said:
    “I love Islington Mill – it has such a creative atmosphere. I’ve watched
    brilliant gigs there, been a roadie for bands there, and I played bass in
    Seahawks for one night only at the Mill. It’s definitely my kind of place.”

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