WEAVE is our creative business support programme open to all Greater Manchester based artists, creatives and SMEs.

On this page you will find the latest information about what is being offered on the programme, which we will be updating throughout the year as we take in your suggestions and needs. If there is a workshop or class that you are interested in but it is full please do contact us and let us know because we will look at repeating it.

We invite all suggestions for what you want to see in the programme, there is a form at the bottom of this page for submitting your ideas.

For any questions you can email us on weave@islingtonmill.com


WEAVE Winter School – 13 – 15 December 2022

Free creative business support, well-being, masterclasses and networking for the Greater Manchester creative community

Winter School is a 3-day series of workshops, conversations, masterclasses and networking, all free to attend for participants of Islington Mill’s WEAVE programme.

New participants are welcome to sign up at the event for free to enjoy our full programme across the week.

The modules have been chosen and developed in conversation with our community and are designed to support creative individuals and organisations.

Whether you’re an early or mid-career artist, a well-established freelancer or just starting out, we have classes that can support your development and help you to grow in confidence.

WEAVE is a funded business support programme open to all creatives based in Greater Manchester who are registered with HMRC.

See full details and sign up here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islington-mill-weave-winter-school-tickets-459972830117



Industry Partnering Awards

Anyone who completes the WEAVE programme – including 12 hours of support and learning, will be eligible to apply for an Industry Partnering Award, alone or with other participants.

The awards are for people to use towards:

  • Expanding creative practice (test bedding, creating new products, new ideas)
  • Sustainable growth (jobs, surplus etc)
  • Collaboration with other industry sectors or other creative practitioners

We ask for proposals to include a summary of your business/practice, what you want the award for (objectives/aims), and to include measures of success (outcomes, outputs, impact). How much you are applying for complimented with a costed budget.

The majority of awards will be between £1000 to £2500.

Please send the proposals to weave@islingtonmill.com where they will be compiled to go for consideration.

This programme is part funded by European Regional Development Fund.