We are thrilled to announce that Islington Mill has received initial National Lottery support for our project: ‘Threading the Heritage of Islington Mill: The Living Story’.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have awarded round one development funding of £58,400 towards the project. This allows us to be considered for a final round of larger development funding in the coming months.
The award has been made possible by National Lottery players and allows us to execute a number of public-facing artist-led history and archive projects that will explore the last 20 years of our building residency, as well the full 200 year story of Islington Mill itself.
We have already begun work on the project, hosting a series of themed conversation events, inviting both old friends and new acquaintances of the Mill. The themes of the conversation dinners invite different communities to talk about their needs, and their relationship or desired relationship with the Mill, from specific perspectives: for instance textile artists, the queer community, with others to come.
The HLF funding will also assist towards our larger capital build project that will repair and make accessible all 6 floors of the Grade II* listed Islington Mill building, adding new artist spaces and vastly expanding and securing our creative community and output.
Since Islington Mill owner and director Bill Campbell first moved into the Mill, we have led the way in reimagining and repurposing Industrial Revolution architecture through art, experimentation, community and creativity. With this crucial HLF support we can now fully chronicle and showcase the extraordinary story of how this has taken place, and ensure it can continue many years into the future.
We would love to hear from the wider community about our future plans and projects. What do you think of when you think of Islington Mill? What would you like to see taking place in the future at Islington Mill? What has brought you to the Mill in the past and what would bring you back again? How would you like to be connected to us and how can we help make that happen? Please email any and all ideas, comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone for all your support of Islington Mill, past, present and future.