Here’s our Newsletter from 6 December 2018. If you’d like to receive our weekly Newsletter into your inbox, just sign up here


// A major anniversary announcement from Islington Mill Art Academy. After 10 years pioneering a radical alternative approach to art education, the independent art school, founded and based at Islington Mill, will be the subject of a new PhD in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. The 3-year funded post will invite a researcher to work with IMAA as they embark on a period of focused development (more news on that soon). This will provide an opportunity for extended research into viable methods of alternative learning in art, as pioneered at IMAA. Read more and apply here.

// The newest Samarbeta residency welcomes artist SVB (Sarah Van Buren) from New York for a 2-part residency. The first sees the artist making field sound recordings in rural Ireland in spaces of supernatural significance. The second sees these recordings reproduced and re-contextualised musically inside The Fridge at Caustic Coastal. The 3 week residency will culminate in a final performance in The Fridge on 14 Dec. Read more and get tickets.

Xmas at the Mill has arrived…!

It’s a blur of tinsel here already! From 4pm we are OPEN to shoppers, drinkers, eaters and festive fun seekers. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, in case you missed the memo guys, and here’s what’s going on…

// Xmas at the Mill. The main event with dozens of Mill artists selling their beautiful wares. Come and snap up unique handmade gifts including prints, ceramics, jewellery, clothes, bags, Christmas decorations and miscellaneous kookiness galore. (Unit 4, Regent Trading Estate, right beside the Mill).

// Salford Makers Pop-Up Shop on Chapel Street is already open for business, selling handcrafted high-spec one-offs from a diverse team of artists who make up this talented collective. Planters, scarves, bedding, art, T-shirts, homeware and much more. Swing by before or after you visit Islington Mill. (Card payments only).

// Christmas at the Workhouse. Islington Mill Art Academy will be resident ins the Gallery at Islington Mill from 5pm, making art, having conversations and welcoming visitors. Swing by for a festive hello and find out more.

// Food and drink! This year our special guests GRUB are curating a bevy of eating and drinking options for you. Geordie Seoul bring excellent Korean street food, Dough N Co offer wood-fired pizza aplenty, while Old Town Chimney Cakes Bakery make the most unique sweet treats in town. GRUB themselves will be mulling wine and cider and pulling pints of craft ale till late.


// Sunday 9 Dec: The Peer Hat host a punk odyssey” DIYD presents Acid Cannibals, SHUCK, Breaking Colts and JEUCE. Free shot of Buckfast on arrival to get you ready for some serious LOUDNESS.

And finally…

// Enjoy this trailer for Ludo is Fantastic a new documentary focusing on Ludo Mich, the artist who built his own world, the ‘Mich Dimension’ on the fringes of the fringes of the Antwerp underground art scene. In January impaTV bring the filmmaker Willie Stewart to Salford for a one-off screening and Q&A at The Kings Arms. Unmissable. Read more.

Ludo is Fantastic from Ludo is Fantastic on Vimeo.