This is our Newsletter of 20 NOVEMBER 2020. If you’d like to receive our semi-regular round-up into your inbox, sign up here.
Christmas at the Mill is one of the most popular traditions at Islington Mill and it will certainly leave a big space in our calendars and hearts this year as we adhere to the ongoing COVID restrictions. But we are still determined to feel festive and to support the many artists and small businesses based at the Mill.
For that reason we’ve opened a pop-up shop on our website. It’s Christmas at the Mill Online! Here you can see a gallery of goodies available to buy by post from a range of talented makers. Shop local and handmade this Christmas and keep artists going through the winter. We will be updating the page with new sellers in the coming weeks and profiling each seller across our social media so keep your eyes peeled for excellent gift ideas.
Memories Of Living
Our popular Memories Of Living series continues to grow, capturing first-hand experiences of our community in lockdown and offering a creative space for reflection on our collective/separate COVID-19 experience. We have had two excellent personal essays, by Jess Coulson our Project Coordinator, and the artist David Bailey. We also interviewed drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous (out of drag, we might add…) in this lovely new video piece here. With thanks to Arts Council England and impaTV.
Jo Clements @ BeFantastic Bangalore
For the past 4 weeks, artist Jo Clements (based in Unit 4 on Regent Trading Estate) has been participating in an international fellowship with BeFantastic Bangalore. Jo describes the experience as being “a fascinating journey into the murky and exciting world of Techart, AI and Machine Learning.” You can enjoy the fruits of this huge collaborative experimental project, involving 23 international artists, right here with a special look at Jo’s work here.
Lone Taxidermist (aka Natalie Sharp) teamed up with Maxine Peake to produce a series of short films and accompanying performance entitled MARRA! The work was an original festival commission for Aerial which the artist brought live to this year’s online FatOut Fest. It is truly a feast for the eyes and ears with a manic and brilliant turn from everyone’s favourite actor Maxine Peake, plus some familiar faces from around Islington Mill. Who can you spot? Enjoy…!