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Islington Mill

Islington Mill

James Street, Salford, M3 5HW

Unsettled Ground

Based on the remaining industrial buildings of Salford, Hilary’s series of outdoor public art works act as functioning nesting boxes for bird and insect populations negatively impacted by the fast pace of regeneration in the city; and as a signifier for core BAS9 and A Modest Show venues.




Islington Mill is home to over 100 resident artists and collectives in the main mill building and adjacent engine houses. Following our successful capital build programme, and a fruitful partnership with Salford City Council, Islington Mill Arts Club now operates Regent Trading Estate, an adjacent plot of former industrial land where we have established new artist studios in former warehouse spaces, plus event spaces and a community garden.

The Mill has always been a vibrant and resourceful cross-disciplinary creative network; a space where conversations leads to connections, collaboration and co-creation. Over the years our collaborative exploratory style has made our studios into a focal point for the north-west’s arts community, as well as visiting international artists and exchanges.


We are currently undergoing extensive renovations in the main Islington Mill building to make this space more accessible. In the meantime our events are mostly held in warehouse units on the Regent Trading Estate.

It is possible to enter both spaces without using a step, this involves us raising a barrier. If you can let us know ahead of time whether you will need us to do this that would be great, but if not you can let someone know on the day. Most of our events the barrier will already be up unless we have had to close it for weather or noise reasons, in which case we will lift for you when requested.

If you need a PA (personal assistant) ticket for an event please let us know. If it is an internal event we are happy to provide a free ticket, if it is an external event we will do our best to ensure a free ticket.

If someone is harrassing you or making you feel uncomfortable please inform a member of staff.

If you need to go to a quiet room please let a member of staff know, for larger events this may be a short (5 minute) walk or may be outside.

Neither of our units has a fully accessible toilet or space inside a cubicle for a wheelchair. This is something that we are working to remedy and we will update if this changes.

We have taken measurements of the doorways, turning points and corridors in the unit spaces. If this information would give you confidence in attending one of our events please let us know and we will provide you with it.

If you have accessibility requirements please email and we will do our best to assist. We are still learning and working on how to make our spaces more inclusive. We will update the information here as our understanding and site develops.

Islington Mill


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