Monday, 28 July 2008

Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn Residency

Islington Mill Art Academy has recently returned from a week-long residency at the Cylinders Estate in Elterwater, Cumbria. The site is currently being restored and developed as a centre dedicated to the memory of the German Dada artist, Kurt Schwitters. Schwitters worked on the third and final of his Merzbau projects, the Merz Barn in the last year of his life (1947/1948) at Cylinders. The original barn still remains on the site, however one of the walls was taken to the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 1965. 

The group used the time to reflect on the development of the Art Academy, one year on from its formation, on how we have developed as artists during this time and how we can progress into the future. The residency was a valuable opportunity to spend time in a peaceful and inspiring landscape and to make work in a contrasting environment to the urban setting in which the group is based. The spirit and legacy of Kurt Schwitters is still very much present at Cylinders and many of us felt inspired to make work in response to this. Cylinders and the Merz Barn residency project is managed and developed by the Littoral Arts Trust.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Posters in 2 Parts

A combination of exhibition, gig and poster making party organised by Maurice Carlin of Islington Mill Art Academy. Reference material was available including Japanese 'Little Theatre' posters, psychedelic posters from the 1970's and a collection of 1980's gig posters from Manchester. Live music was provided by Voida Voida, A Middle Sex and Amy Pennington as well as a few unscheduled and very improvised sets close to the end of the evening! All posters made on the evening have been archived.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Summer Al Fresco Cinema

Film & Video Lunch & Dinner returned to Islington Mill on Monday evening for a special Summer outdoor cinema. Managing to find a 90 min slot between light rain showers, we showed 'Chronicle of a Summer' by Jean Rouch. BBQ and food was kindly provided once again by Ruth. We are planning further outdoor events to take place later in the Summer in the now very beautiful and floral yard at Islington Mill.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Reading Group with Joseph Brotherton 1783 - 1857

A reading group with other events at the Joseph Brotherton Statue, Riverside Walk, Manchester. Music and refreshments will be provided. Please come along.

Monday 14th July 2pm - 7pm.

We will be discussing three texts which are connected by the idea of the 'Art School'. They are:

'The Education of the Un-Artist, Part 1' Allan Kaprow 1971
'The Proto-Academy' Charles Esche 2001
'Opting Out' JJ Charlesworth 2008

Please email us if you would like a copy of these writings in advance.
NB. Riverside Walk does not appear on any map of Manchester. To find it, walk down Bridge St.  leaving Manchester till you reach Albert Bridge. On your right hand side, there are some steps leading down to the banks of the R. Irwell. We will be there.