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photo credit: Islington Mill Arts Club
photo credit: Islington Mill Arts Club

Funding secured to transform historic Islington Mill into 21st century community art space

15 January 2020

The team aiming to transform this Grade II-listed cotton mill in Salford into a full-service arts venue have secured the funding needed to move ahead with ambitious plans to extend their experimental hub where small business owners rub shoulders with artists and musicians.

The Islington Mill Arts Club today announced a grant of £746,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Together with nearly £1 million already offered by Arts Council England, support from Salford City Council and half a million pounds raised from artists and the community, the project will weatherproof the structure, enhance accessibility and open 6,000 sqft of building space for events, studios and creative workspaces, enabling an extension of their Artist in Residence programme that has to date nurtured over 5,000 artists.

The project received early support from the AHF in 2017 through a Project Viability Grant and later a Project Development Grant that funded community engagement exercises, business planning and fundraising support. Building works will commence on site later this year.

For more info follow the Islington Mill news statement:

Notes to Editors

1) The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) helps communities across the UK find enterprising new uses for the old buildings they love. For further information regarding the AHF visit our website

2) For press enquiries please contact Oliver Brodrick-Ward, on 020 7925 0199 / or Matthew Mckeague on 07429 799335.

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