Islington Mill Studios

Visual Arts Events





In a Flux

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery: 

3 October 2014 – 10 January 2015

An exhibition of new work by artist group The Manchester Salon

The Manchester Salon is a group of five artists – Lindsey Bull, Islington Mill Arts Club Director - Maurice Carlin, Daniel Fogarty Laura Mansfield and Jen Wu, each of whom work in the different practices of sculpture, installation, painting, printmaking, publications and curating. The group was formed to promote critical debate and discussion around their work. Through inviting curators, artists and writers to Manchester, the project aims to stimulate dialogue around critical art practice in the city.

This exhibition, part of the 2014 Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, is the group’s response to Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. As a group united by discourse, the Salon has responded to the Museum by reading the building and its contents as a site of unfolding and endless conversations.

Revolving around a series of modulating brick forms, reconfigured from Jen Wu’s current urban reclamation work The Wall, Lindsey Bull's small scale figurative paintings and Maurice Carlin's print series are set amidst a turquoise backdrop re-staged from Daniel Fogarty’s ongoing project OXO conference. The exhibition invites the viewer to look for points of connection, association and difference not only between the works on show but also within the Museum’s collection and its structures of display. Throughout the duration of the exhibition the group will further remove, change and add to the works on show generating a continual state of flux within the gallery space.

The exhibition continues until 10 January 2015 for further information on the exhibition and Warrington contemporary arts festival please visit Warrington Museums Website 

The Manchester Salon is funded by Arts Council England and generously supported by Allan and Jo Melzack and Islington Mill Studios.

 



'The Wall' - Jen Wu

Due to the nature of this artwork and its dependence on urban regeneration schedules, the dates are to be confirmed. 

Location: Chapel Street at the former site of The Old Bank Theatre (at the corner of Islington Street). Reconstruction 100 meters east next to Ye Old Nelson pub.

Part 1 - Stablisation of The Old Bank Theatre wall to stay freestanding as the surrounding architecture comes down.

Part 2 - Demolition rave of mass dismantling scored by Gnod/Gesamkuntswerk and guests.

Part 3 - Reconstruction rave with open participation featuring protagonists of the music and club scenes circa 1989 and 2011, the summers of love and riots.

The Wall is a work by American artist Jen Wu, developed in collaboration with Islington Mill as part of a long-term residency beginning in early 2012 based on the intertwined histories of Mancunian rave and regeneration as told by the demolition of its nightclubs. Meditating on a relationship between parties, dematerialisation and social empowerment, it proposes an event of political resisitance and communal identity in the form of a land art rave action. It is to move a wall. 

Admist the transformation of Chapel Street, a row of buildings will come down. But by agreement with Salford City Council, one 8m high brick wall will remain. Comprised entirely of brick, its manual dismantlying and reconstruction through a series of public participatory events will form the architecture and duration for a series of free-party 'raves.' 

Materialising a relationship expressed of music as the monument of the diasporic and the displaced. The Wall seeks to connect the euphoric DIY spirit of '88-89' with its evolution in 2013 as a means to precipitate a coming together of disparate people and communities - to together effect a collective monument in the urban built landscape. Once resurrected, The Wall will stay for three years until development of the site begins.



Collaborations

Islington Mill regularly collaborates with arts organisations, festivals and galleries in the North West to support the development and delivery of artist's projects. Past collaborators have include, University of Salford, Quarantine theatre company, Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art, AND Festival, Asia Triennial, Littoral Trust, FutureEverything and International 3

 



Residencies

We offer residencies to visiting artists, providing accommodation (in our artist led Bed and Breakfast), studio space and exhibition space independently under Islington Mill Arts Club and with partner organisations. 

Each residency provides a unique contribution to our artistic programme, including artistic talks, exhibitions and performances sharing with the public, local artists and our tenants an insight into our work. Often artists that develop work at Islington Mill early on in their career or mid-career, are offered further opportunties through our networks of arts organisations and artists.

Highlghts include Brooklyn based performance artists, feline lovers and glitter addicts CHERYL who took us on a glitter fuelled dance party journey which lead up to their culminative event Royal Ruckus. We have also taken part in Flux Factory NYC Exchange, done an international exchange with La Escocesa Studios in Barcelona with artist Diego Mallo, ran an open call residency with artist David Wojtowycz and hosted a month long residency with Volkov Commanders which led up to ORBIT-A Show in Seven Parts



Islington Mill Art Academy

Islington Mill Art Academy is a free self-organised Art School that is actively engaged in the Mill's visual arts programme, regularly collaborating with visiting artists. It was set up in 2007 by a group of art foundation students, dissatisfied with the quality and standards in University fine art courses open to them at that time. A number of founding members of the group had been familar with the Mill and decided that the array of creative practitioners, events and performances that happened there provided the perfect backdrop for the project. 

The Academy exist to experiment wtih what an education in art can be, where it can take place and how it can be paid for. It is open to anyone who would like to be an artist and who is interested in taking responsibility for, and direction of the way in which they intend to do this. The artists in the group take all of the decisions related to their personal learning process and put these decisions into practice themselves. 

Past collaborators include Bik Van Der Pol, Caner Aslan, Pippa Koszerek and Martin Holman.