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Islington Mill

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Islington Mill is a leading independent UK arts organisation based in Salford, in the NW England. Structured around an organic network of independent artists, Islington Mill runs innovative inter-disciplinary public arts programmes and artist residencies alongside studio spaces and an artists’ B&B. Drawing on the radical and subversive creative energy running through its arts activities, Islington Mill also has a reputation for putting on legendary experimental gatherings, events and parties.

Based in the evocative buildings and courtyard of a former Victorian mill, Islington Mill is a unique and inspiring environment where the architecture of industrial Britain is fused with the creative energy of industrious artists at work and at play.

Founded by Bill Campbell in 2000, who bought it after spending four years developing the project and raising the initial finance, Islington Mill is the product of a singular dream to form a network of artists around the shared goal of living and working as freely and creatively as possible.

Like the Hacienda before it, Islington Mill is organised along similar principles inspired by the Situationist movement, an avant-garde European art movement formed in the fifties and sixties that became a prototype of punk. Picking up where the former left off, Islington Mill has a similar focus of creating an open-source environment outside of conventional structures and art traditions that can act as a catalyst for “the creative act” in all its many forms and unlock the inner artist in almost anyone.

Currently run by designer Bill Campbell, musician Mark Carlin and visual artist Maurice Carlin, Islington Mill is a non-hierarchical organisation that makes no distinction between work and play, outcome and process, chaos and control. Operating outside a commercial, profit-led agenda, it is a genuinely independent arts organisation that puts nurturing, supporting and inspiring creativity, especially new and emerging talent, at the heart of everything it does.

Forged in the spirit of D-I-Y, it recognises risk-taking and experimentalism in a non-judgmental, non-pressured environment as integral to art practice and is able to offer artists an unusual level of creative freedom in an increasingly market-led cultural landscape.

Although Islington Mill is predominantly focussed around the physical space in Salford, it recently organised its first “mass residency” with thirty artists in Ibiza and now plans to take the spirit of Islington Mill on tour elsewhere, building on existing links starting this October with an exchange with Flux Factory NYC.

Not content with stopping at these achievements, Islington Mill is continuously seeking to progress in its mission to inspire, educate and develop artists in their careers in an ever-changing social and cultural landscape.

Islington Mill was very pleased to have recieved its first ever ACE programme funding in the history of its organisation earlier in 2013, which will be used towards testing new strategies for residencies and developing its marketing and organisational structure.

As part of this forward-looking strategy, Islington Mill is excited about the opportunity to develop it's 6th floor space into further B&B style bedrooms and its 5th floor space into a dedicated artist residency space.

However further funding is still needed for Islington Mill to realise its full potential and so it is constantly exploring funding sources and income streams that will allow it to maintain its unique vision for the arts into the future.

To this end, Islington Mill has also secured Arts Council Catalyst funding, in consortium with the Chinese Arts Centre, this fund helps arts organisations access private funding by exploring how relationships can be formed with patrons and other independent sources.

Islington Mill is now to an exciting future that is global and ambitious. With the right funding in place, it hopes to be responsible for sending local artists out onto international residencies, while receiving incoming international artists in order to realise its full potential as a dynamic international arts hub and creative interchange.

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James Street
M3 5HW Salford 53° 28' 54.9156" N, 2° 15' 47.412" W
GB

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2000

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Rogue

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Established in 1995, Rogue is a not-for-profit artists studios providing members with accessible and affordable workspace in Manchester city centre. A five minute walk from Piccadilly Station, Rogue is now the largest independent studio group in the North West with ninety seven artists working in 30,000 square feet of space over three floors of Chapeltown Mill. Members range from recent graduates to established practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines and media; including drawing, film and video, illustration, installation, interactive art, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.

Once a year, Rogue opens its doors to the public in its Open Studios event inviting fellow artists, curators and the general public to access all areas of the studios while affording members an opportunity to exhibit and offer work for sale. This years Rogue Open Studios will take place over the weekend of 23rd - 25th October 2015.

Rogue also runs a programme of events in the Project Space, which is used primarily for temporary exhibitions, residency and exchange projects and one-off events. Rogue's new Project Space is on the 1st floor of the studios. A new curatorial team for the Project Space will be announced in 2016.

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M1 2WH Manchester 53° 28' 42.8952" N, 2° 13' 33.942" W
GB

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1995

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Salon Neu

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made the north sea a radical project space
by installing a group show in it (collaboration with Embassy Gallery)
commemorative mousemats now change hands on ebay for £200

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Salon Neu

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The North Sea
57° 9' 14.832" N, 2° 22' 22.9764" E
GB

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  • open plan, private

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2011

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Lewisham Arthouse

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Keeping it real since 1994.
Artist-led, community - based.
Supporting creativity and innovation in visual arts and beyond.

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  • charity

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1914 - 1991
Amazing Library
Gift from Andrew Carnegie to people of Deptford
ceases as learning / social space due to Tory Government cuts

1991 - 1993
Amazing rave venue
Maintained by Spiral Tribe
ceases as a music / social space due to Tory Government rave laws

1994 - 2015
Amazing arts centre
Maintained by Lewisham Art House co-operative
providing open-access facilities, community resources, learning, visual art and music programmes

2015 - onwards
Amazing arts centre becomes charity
Doing the same as before, but within / as a charity with a 100 year plan

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lots

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Grade II listed (interior / exterior) Historic trees and gardens to rear

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140 Lewisham Way
SE14 6PD London 51° 28' 18.0336" N, 0° 1' 51.186" W
GB

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1991

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RAUMX LOndon

RAUMX- London

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From mid 2013 Martina Geccelli has set up this art and architecture project space within her own studio in Kentish Town, London.

Part of the concept is that selected artists, or architects can introduce their work to a smaller, interested audience . RAUMX provides an open, intimate platform, outside of the commercial setting of a gallery. Beside presenting work to the public the space offers opportunities for an active exchange in form of talks and discussions and more intimate gatherings.

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London Kentish Town
185 Queens Crescent
NW5 4DS London 51° 33' 2.6604" N, 0° 9' 0.7956" W
GB

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  • private

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2013

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2013

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Embassy

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EMBASSY is a non-profit making artist-run gallery founded in 2004. The gallery holds a yearly programme of exhibitions and events and exhibits at off site projects. Each year we also co-ordinate the Annuale festival; a presentation of grassroots artistic activity in various venues throughout the city.

The gallery co-ordinates and presents a professional development programme for students at Edinburgh College of Art in return for some funding towards the gallery’s core costs.

EMBASSY has also received funding from the Scottish Arts Council, ECA Trustees and the Young Scot Award.

EMBASSY has a rolling committee of 5 to 7 members who work on a voluntary basis and are supported by a members base. The committee are responsible for all aspects of the gallery and serve as directors for a 2 year period.

The originating committee comprised of Kim Coleman, Craig Coulthard, Tommy Grace, Jenny Hogarth, Dave Maclean, Kate Owens and Catherine Stafford. They were replaced entirely by John Farrugia, Deborah Jackson, Katie Orton, Debjani Banerjee, and Dan Brown.

After this the EMBASSY committee became less defined and since 2007 has included Angela Beck, Luke Cooke-Yarborough, Benjamin Fallon, Martine Foltier-Pugh, Tessa Lynch, Alexa Hare, John A. Harrington, Shona Handley, Oliver Herbert, Norman James Hogg, Shona Macnaughton, Laurie Macpherson, Francesca Nobilucci, James Thomas Philips, Ashleigh Reid, Jenny Richards and Daniella Watson, with directors working from 2 Months to 2 years.

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  • charity

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10b Broughton Street Lane
EH1 3LY Edinburgh 55° 57' 26.8452" N, 3° 11' 15.0072" W
GB

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2004

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Central---Reservation

Central --- Reservation, Bristol

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Central—Reservation was a temporary project space in Bristol, UK dedicated to the support, production and presentation of contemporary visual arts.

Between March and July 2010, Central—Reservation presented a programme of exhibitions, events and collaborative projects with a backdrop of production in the four studio residencies.
Central—Reservation offered artists and curators the opportunity to present ambitious projects, making use of the current surplus of empty commercial property.
Alongside the core programme, Central—Reservation invited artist led and independent groups from across the UK to propose exhibitions and events to put on in the space.

The former motorcycle showroom is located on Stokes Croft, a main access route into central Bristol. It offered 10,000 sq ft of exhibition and event space over two floors, plus partitioned workspaces for resident artists to test and document work.

Central—Reservation was established by Lucy Drane, Hannah James and Jane Porter, an independent group, each working within key arts organisations in the city. The project developed through their mutual membership of the Spike Island Associates Programme and a shared interest in realising a dynamic new project space in Bristol.

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Motorcycle showroom

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15 – 19 Stokes Croft
BS1 3PY Bristol 51° 27' 39.9204" N, 2° 35' 27.1464" W
GB

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2010

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2010

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Generator Projects

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Generator is a Dundee-based organisation established in 1996. The aims of the organisation are to generate creative practices across Dundee through providing sustained support towards creativity in all its diversity and a varied programme of exhibitions and events.

Alongside the primary aim of being collectively held by those who wish to engage and support the continuation of the organisation, Generator hosts a project and exhibition space better known as Generator Projects. This space was established to allow creative practitioners, developing experimental, critical and autonomous work, the opportunity to exhibit. It is facilitated by the Generator committee, a rolling collective of volunteers, who dedicate two years of their time to ensure the continuation of this programmed space and the broader aspects of the organisation.

Generator Projects is also home to the developing Member Space. Initiated during the 2013 Member Show, this hospitable space is being created for dedicated member-led activity. The space will continue to be developed over the coming year in response to the voiced needs of Generator members. This could include access to resources and a neutral space for peer-learning and critical discourse through the programming of responsive talks, events and artworks to the Generator programme and wider interests and concerns of the Generator members.

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  • charity

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25/26 Mid Wynd Industrial Estate
DD1 4JG. Dundee 56° 27' 24.426" N, 2° 59' 19.9176" W
GB

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1996

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Rhubaba

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Rhubaba Gallery and Studio is an artist-run organisation in Edinburgh that provides studio space for currently nineteen artists and an annual programme of exhibitions and events.

Rhubaba was founded in 2009 as a communal studio and project space. Established in response to a perceived gap in appropriate studio provision for recent graduates and through the desire to create a space dedicated to both the production and presentation of contemporary art, Rhubaba initially housed ten recent graduates from Edinburgh College of Art. During our first year we organised a series of exhibitions in temporary spaces around the city as well as with host venues further afield.

Rhubaba has continued to develop the programme and moved to Leith in 2010 to accommodate more studios and a permanent gallery space.

We are committed to generating a supportive workspace and a dynamic platform for local and international artists. Rhubaba aims to give early-career artists the opportunity to produce new work in a discursive environment, work collaboratively with other artist-led initiatives and explore wider debates in contemporary art, bringing exciting and challenging works to Scotland.

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  • community interest company

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Exhibitions include solo-shows by Ed Atkins, James Clarkson and Hannah James; groups shows and events with works by Nathalie De-Briey, Patrick Graf, Alex Gross, Rebecca Kressley, Ewan Sinclair, and collaborative projects with David Dale Gallery and Studios, Glasgow, Central Reservation, Bristol, Duchy Gallery, Glasgow, Intercity Mainline, London, Lombard Method, Birmingham and Outpost Gallery, Norwich.

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25 Arthur Street
EH6 5DA Edinburgh 55° 57' 55.3104" N, 3° 10' 38.046" W
GB

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KARST

Karst Gallery, Plymouth

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KARST is a non-profit, artist-led initiative in Plymouth focused on providing studio space and the exposure of international contemporary arts, offering innovative curatorial projects a test-bed for gallery presentation. KARST was founded in 2012 and functions as a venue for contemporary arts through selected and guest-curated projects working with partner organisations, collaborative groups and individuals.

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  • community interest company

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05.12.13 - 08.12.13

NOAH ANGELL

CRYING IN THE ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD RECORDING : Lecture / Performance / Sound Work:
&
EXHIBITION : FILMS: 2006 - 2012 Showing: Oratory of a Ghost Director, Meditations on Violence, Singing of the birds, Slow Airs, Nocturne, Private Email to God, Each Dawn I Die, Morteau.

31.10.13 - 17.11.13

'SS BLUE JACKET'
Curated by Simon Bayliss and Lucy Stein

ARTISTS: BERYL COOK, PETER LANYON, SHANA MOULTON, EDWARD STEIN, LUCY STEIN, MERLIN JAMES, ROBERT LENKIEWICZ, SIMON BAYLISS, SIMON FUJIWARA

03.10.13 - 20.10.13

'Jeongmoon Choi : Explorer'

15.06.13 - 21.07.13

'INDIVIDUAL ORDER'
CURATED BY: Marianna Garin
ARTISTS: FRANCIS ALŸS, CARLOS BUNGA, GRACIELA CARNEVALE, KAROLINA ERLINGSSON, JIRÍ KOVANDA, MAIDER LOPEZ, ADRIAN PIPER

14.03.13 - 29.03.13

'MEMEX : An Autoscopic Exercise'
BRISTOL DIVING SCHOOL & THIRD BELGRADE

12.01.13 - 03.03.13

'LEGACY: Five Schemes, First Variation'
CURATED BY: Carl Slater
ARTISTS: GWENAËL BÉLANGER / BLUE CURRY / KAREN HENDERSON / JAMES McLARDY / RICHARD STONE

08.10.12 - 04.11.12

'TECHNICOLOUR YAWN'
CURATED BY: Nadim Samman
ARTISTS: STEVE BISHOP / ED FORNIELES / JAMES HOWARD / SHANA MOULTON / RYAN TRECARTIN

23.08.12 - 23.09.12

'MULTIPLE CHOICES'
ARTISTS: RICARDO BASBAUM / ANE HJORT GUTTU / MIHO SHIMIZU & OYVIND RENBERG (DANGER MUSEUM) / KATYA SANDER / ALEX VILLAR

22.06.12 - 15.07.12

'SPACEINVADER'
ARTISTS: KONSORTIUM: LARS BREUER / SEBASTIAN FREYTAG / GUIDO MÜNCH

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22 George Place Stonehouse
PL13NY Plymouth 50° 22' 7.4496" N, 4° 9' 25.3656" W
GB

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