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Islington Mill has a derelict, partially collapsed roof and an expansive fifth floor and attic space which have been in an unusable condition for decades. These upper storeys have been periodically exposed to the weather, rendering them structurally unsound which poses a serious threat to the long term sustainability of our building.

With our eye on the future, we have commissioned an extensive architectural plan which includes a brand new roof and a renovation strategy to utterly transform the upper two floors, bringing 6000 square foot of space into permanent use.

Arts Council England and Salford Council recognise our extraordinary achievements to date, as well as our current desperate condition, and between them they have agreed to donate the bulk of the funds needed for our extensive and urgent programme of repair.

However, in order to release that money, it’s up to us to match those donations with a further £735,000.

It sounds like a huge amount (okay, it is…) so think of it this way: for every quid we raise, the big funders will donate two. A tenner becomes £20. £50 becomes £100. A grand becomes two grand!

If we’re successful with this enormous challenge, we can go one better than just a working roof over our heads (though that’s a huge leap forward!) – the planned renovation will create eight brand new Artist and Maker Residence Spaces that will be the first of their kind in the North West, as well as large scale work and exhibition spaces, elevator access, a new entrance to the building and more. The impact on the Mill, on Ordsall, on Salford, on Greater Manchester, and on the North West region will be huge.

It will be a bright future if we can get there. It’s our biggest challenge to date, but with your help we can rise to it. Over the next few months we’ll be hosting fundraising events, art sales, open days and more to keep the fundraising campaign going and to bring in desperately needed cash.

It’s worth thinking about what life would be like without Islington Mill. Over the past twenty years, as many as 1700 artists and makers from around the world have been through the Mill, as well as thousands and thousands of audiences, including many of you who are reading this right now. From Day One, Islington Mill has been about sharing resources and building a creative, sustainable alternative in an increasingly competitive and commercial world.

But we’ve come as far as we can and we need your help.

Please donate now

You can also donate to our fundraising campaign by contacting the team on 0161 278 6404, by emailing or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘Islington Mill’ to  Jo Byrne, Islington Mill, James Street, Salford, M3 5HW, UK.

If you would like to support our fundraising campaign by buying original artwork from Islington Mill, please read about our Temporary Custodians project here.

Corporate partnerships

Do you want to work with one of the UK’s most innovative and forward-thinking arts organisations? We’re always looking at new ways to work with corporate partners, creating flexible, adaptable campaigns we can both benefit from. We can provide marketing opportunities to our 15,000 annual visitors, our international network and collaborators, or tailor a partnership to differentiate your brand from your competitors, meet your key business objectives and ensure an enviable return on investment. Working in partnership can help fulfil your CSR objectives, deliver unique client hospitality or significantly boost brand awareness – or be shaped to encompass all three. The choice is yours. Find out more about how you can play a part in our success by emailing

If you would like to support our fundraising campaign by buying original artwork from Islington Mill, please read about our Temporary Custodians project here.