The Salford art venue, Islington Mill, are hosting their first exhibition since their doors closed to the public in March 2020.

The exhibition, called Place in the Community, is a free event on July 24th for families to attend and includes free clay workshops.

Place in the Community, a social research produced by Islington Mill and David Partington, includes works from Salfordians throughout the ages who have a connection to Islington Mill, an important piece of Salford’s heritage. Featuring a garment worker from the 1950s and as recent as local primary school children today.

Clay from Islington Mill

It is one of four projects funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and places Islington Mill in its local, regional and national contexts.

Creative practitioner David Partington, from Partington’s Pots, has developed and curated pieces that not only explore Islington Mill’s connection to the local community but also the land itself.

Credit: Jess Coulson

The exhibition is from 2pm – 6pm next Saturday, and there is the opportunity for the public to record their memories and experiences of Islington Mill, either in writing, clay or through a recorded oral history interviews.

The grade II listed building is one of the 16 mills left remaining in Salford and is a physical reminder of the areas industrial heritage. It was originally built in 1823 as a cotton spinning mill, and thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, they are able to showcase the buildings captivating industrial past.

As Islington Mill is undergoing renovation works the exhibition will be held in a warehouse on the site – Unit 4, Regents Trading Estate, Oldfield Road, M5 4DE.

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