Sunday, 27 September 2009

KS09: Kurt Schwitters Autumn School

Islington Mill Art Academy will be giving a presentation at KS09, the Kurt Schwitters International Autumn School event in Cumbria. Writer and curator, Guy Brett is to give the annual Kurt Schwitters lecture. Other confirmed speakers include David Medalla (Mondrian Fanclub), Barbara Steveni and Elisa Kaye (Flat Time House), Dr. Penelope Curtis (Henry Moore Institute), and artists Pippa Koszerek, Sophie Hope, Eva Merz and Glenn Loughram.

The Seminar runs from Friday 2nd till Sunday 4th Oct. Booking and further information is available at

Sunday, 20 September 2009

In Court with Martin Holman

On Friday members of the Academy spent an afternoon in Manchester's new Civil Justice Centre with our artist in residence, Martin Holman. Martin gave a reading of 'Doing what it Horta' a text he has written on the artist, Ian Kiaer. This was followed by a lively discussion. We were joined by artist Simon Blackmore with whom we are planning to organise a future event at the Civil Justice Centre, listening to an audio version of Plato's 'The Republic' over the course of a day.

The Civil Justice Centre opened in 2007 and, despite its unwelcoming entrance, is a public building open to all. The upper floors offer great views over Salford looking through what is reportedly the largest suspended glass wall in Europe!

Saturday, 5 September 2009

OPEN DAY!! for new members: Sept 10th 2009

Islington Mill Art Academy will be opening its doors to new members on Thursday Sept 10th with an open day at Islington Mill from 2 till 8pm.

The Academy was started in 2007 by a group of art foundation students keen on exploring alternatives to University based education for artists. The Academy exists to experiment with what an education in art can be, where it can take place and how it can be paid for.

If you have a tremendous and unstoppable will to make art and you would like to direct and organise your own education please come along on Thursday 10th to find out more! If you can't make it along to the open day, just drop us a line at:

Friday, 4 September 2009

Artist Talk with Andy Abbott

On the 3rd of September Islington Mill art academy invited artist Andy Abbott to present an informal talk on his opinions of the current state of D I Y. Andy is based in Leeds and has been a part of the D I Y 'scene' for some time. Andy is a an artist, writer and musician and is part of 'Black Dogs' a Leeds based artist collective. Andy spoke about his history with D I Y and his current relationship to it. A few of the points Andy raised was the lo fi nature and aesthetics of D I Y, he questioned why D I Y struggles to be discussed and looked at the ethics of this. The talk managed to raise much debate, passion and questions within the group.

For more Information on Andy Abbott :

Islington Mill Art Academy 5th Open Critique

On Thursday Islington Mill Art Academy held their 5th open
critique. The academy welcome's anyone to come along and take part in the critiques even if you only stay for an hour! We
have really benefited from the input of those who have attended. The critiques take place monthly and begin from the early afternoon. We always advertise them but if anyone wants further information before our '6th open critique' please get in touch.