The Ting Tingsをはじめ様々な音楽・ファッション・アートが日々
Islington Mill is a former cotton spinning mill in Salford,
very close to Manchester’s city centre.
Unlike much of Manchester's industrial heritage
which has been converted into loft apartments,
Islington Mill is now home to over 50 artists studios,
two art galleries a recording studio and club space.
It’s one of the few creative spaces in Salford,
and has evolved over ten years to become
the cultural haven that it is now.
It all started in 1994 when Bill Campbell,
returned home to Salford after studying fashion
at Central St Martin’s.
He found an abandoned mill opposite his council flat
and subsequently saved,
begged and borrowed to buy the place in 2001.
Artists came in, created new work
and did site specific shows,
the likes of Susie MacMurray’s Stratum
(www.susiemacmurray.co.uk) were the result.
Meanwhile, Bill converted The Engine House
at Islington Mill into a home,
(see Elle Decoration Sept 03) before tackling the Mill itself.
By 2006 he’d created 50 spaces of varying sizes for
artists and designers to set themselves up permanently.
Residents in the building now work with everything
from ceramics to welding and the web,
the summer of 2007 saw the launch off Islington Mills’
own Art Academy, an alternative education project for students.
Other projects onsite include
the Bureau Gallery (www.bureaugallery.com),
1234 Recording studio
and Sounds from the Other City
as well as an emerging performance space
(the club space).
The club space started out in 2005,
when numerous friends around the Mill
threw the first of many weird
and wonderful events, including
the rebirth of Club Brenda
Gradually, the Mill started to entertain
more and more impromptu gigs
and parties, until it became a fixture
on the underground club kids calendar,
and a band favourite: Fire Engines,
The Whip, Clark, The Thermals,
Mayming, Ariel Pink, No Age, Anni Rossi,
Biting Tongues,Ex-Models, Simon Joyner,
The Nightingales, Agaskodo Teliverek,
Koen Holtkamp, The Earlies,
Alexander Robotnick, Atlas Sound,
Magic Arm, Olafur Arnalds, Triclops,
Will Guthrie, Pausal, Drums of Death, Diane Cluck,
White Magic, Acid Mothers Temple,
Cylob, and Ghost have been amongst the guests.
2008 carries on with continuing trials and experiments
as more parts of the building are set up
to create a genuinely mixed use experience.