22 July 2022


Creative brains have been hard at work recently, conjuring potential scenarios for the Regent Trading Estate area behind islington Mill (see above for fantastic ideas capture by Manchester Street Poem). The area has been functioning as a creative neighbourhood for some time now but as Salford rapidly develops around us, how might we secure this vision? Topics ranged from safety, community, housing and art, while provocations have included ‘Can live music thrive in Salford?’ You’ll be first to hear about developments.
Tomorrow (Saturday 23) sees Standing Stones, creative brainchild of IMPATV’s Jamie Robinson, explode into Todmorden. A curatorial adventure of live music, DJs, art, experimentation and eclectic brilliance takes hold at Tod’s canal side gem, Nan Moors. The line up is amazing, including Ahrkh, Zim Zum, David Terry, John Powell-Jones, Negra Branca, and loads more. All free, all day. Read all about it.

Rachel Goodyear has launched ‘Stirrings‘, a large new solo show of work at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, where it is currently on show until February 2023. At the launch event, City Mayor Paul Dennett paid warm tribute to the resilience of artists like Rachel who are committed both to their practice and to the wider creative community that sustains them. We agree! The work itself is an electric experience, as the launch night audience attested to. The new animation piece alone is worth a trip to the Gallery – prepare to lose yourself in spectacle that is both ethereal and eerie. Congratulations Rachel.

Mill photographer and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Sunderland, Helen McGhie, presents ‘Another Dimension’, an outdoor photography exhibition at Kielder Forest (Northumberland) on display until 30 September 2022. Helen explains: Through this work I have tried to capture the imaginative experience of stargazing. I like to look up at the sky and imagine distant worlds, I sometimes wonder if there are others looking back at me from elsewhere in the universe. It’s fun to imagine that Earth might be a curious ‘other world’ that another planet may wish to discover.” Read more at this link.

Mill artist Jane Lawson gets involved with some Fungal Behaviour at Levenshulme’s Talleyrand, exploring the mysterious world of mycelial networks and fruiting fungi.

The incredible Bee Corner in the Islington Mill Community Garden is approaching their first birthday and there will be an open day to celebrate. See fab poster below. The date is 14 August from 2 till 5pm. It’s free and everyone is welcome. Come and meet the bees and the people who love the bees!