Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Open Crit with Flux Factory artists

We were joined at the open crit yesterday by artists Alison Ward and Shane Heinemier from Flux Factory arts space in New York. Alison and Shane have been taking part in an exchange residency set up by Islington Mill and local artist Tom Watson. Tom is in New York at the moment working at Flux Factory while Shane and Alison have been in residence here at the mill. Flux Factory began in 1994 as an informal collective with a mission to provide an alternative to the commercial art landscape in NY at the time. Today, it occupies a 3 story former card factory in Queens and provides studios for up to 30 artists of which approx. 16 are artists in residence from around the world.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Next Critque 29th July

The next Islington Mill Open Critique is on the 29th July. David Osbaldeston is joining us for this critique.

The critique on June 23rd went well. We were glad to welcome Vanilla Collective from Loughborough at the last minute. They're doing a tour of art collectives and stopped off at Islington Mill. Thanks to Natalie Bradbury of Shrieking Violets zine, and Sharon Walsh for coming along.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Upcoming Open Crits at Islington Mill

I think most of us would agree that last weeks open critique at Islington Mill was incredibly helpful in terms of pushing forward each of our individual practices. Buoyed up by that, we have organised the next 3 critiques over the Summer months, to which you are all invited!

We're looking forward to welcoming along some invited guest artists to these also. On July 29th, we'll be joined by artist David Osbaldeston who is currently a resident on the prestigious Firestation Artist Studios 5 year residency programme. Artist Leo Fitzmaurice will be our guest artist at our open crit on August 26th. Leo has an upcoming show in Manchester at Cube Gallery

Dates for next Open Critiques at Islington Mill:
Thur June 23rd - Midday - Islington Mill
Fri July 29th - Midday - Islington Mill
Fri Aug 26th - Midday - Islington Mill

Friday, 29 April 2011

Art Academy's Ben Davies performing at Text Festival

Ben Davies will be debuting a new performance collage work tomorrow, Sat 30th April at the launch of the Text Festival Ben will be up at the Transport Museum in Bury from 11am till 4pm. The show at the Transport Museum is curated by Philip Davenport and also includes works by Alec Finlay and Bob Cobbing. Get along if you can, the line up for the festival sounds amazing and includes an appearance by US L=A=N=G=U=A=G= E poet Ron Silliman and the first UK performance from Canadian virtuoso poet Christian Bok.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Talk at Islington Mill: The Free University of Liverpool

This Thursday at Islington Mill as part of our regular Say Something Series:

Lorena Rivero de Beer will talk about The Free University of Liverpool, a protest against the current situation in HE and a laboratory to explore new models of transmitting knowledge. She will discuss how it came about, the paradoxical space where it stands and the challenges they confront. Please come along if you would like to join the protest, create a Free University where you live or enroll in The Free University of Liverpool Foundation Degree that will start October 2011.

A performance artist, writer and producer Lorena Rivero de Beer recently completed a Phd exploring the relationship between cultural politics, representation, aesthetics and subjectivity. Collaborating with The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home (Lena Simic and Gary Anderson) Lorena has initiated The Free University of Liverpool. Billed as a protest against the recent tuition fee increases and cuts to university budgets The Free University of Liverpool states it has been developed to provide FREE education for any student who is keen to study. Believing that critical thought and action are at the heart of changing the world we live in, The Free University aims to teach about and practice cultural activism.

Monday, 7 February 2011

'School Trip'- Art Academy at Instal Glasgow

Last November three members of Islington Mill Art Academy, including myself, travelled North-wards to Glasgow in order to attend, and take part in a series of workshops organised by Glasgow Open School (G.O.S) as part of the tenth annual Instal Festival. Given our status as an alternative art school organisation, and rather academically referential title, I like to consider our visit to be a kind of school trip.