Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Tony Trehy, text-poet and curator of Bury Art gallery visited the Academy this week to give a talk about his work. Tony talked about his approach to writing and read some extracts from his latest book of poetry, 50 Heads. He also shared ideas about his curatorial work at Bury Art Gallery and the success he has had in bringing internationally renowned artists to work there. A number of members from the Art Academy presented recent work after the talk.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
On Monday, artists, Chloe Briggs and Terry Smith made journeys from Paris and London respectively to visit us here at Islington Mill. Chloe and Terry were introduced to the Art Academy through the letter that we contributed to the Art Monthly 'Future of art education' debate and were interested to know more about the workings of the group.
Monday, 27 October 2008
Islington Mill Art Academy are taking part in a show called Moot Points taking place at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow throughout November. They will be there from Monday 3rd till Sat 8th November and will be organising a range of events during this time. For anyone who will be in Glasgow during that time you are more than welcome to come along:
The timetable of events is below. To get in touch;
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07917714369 | 07876617711
Details of Event
The Gallery is Open: Please join us for a Monday morning at Transmission Gallery as we welcome and begin the first day of Moot Points. Members of Islington Mill Art Academy will be serving tea/coffee and fresh Transmission bread baked mysteriously during the night. We will be discussing events and activity planned for the week ahead and will be wide-awake and willing to answer any questions you may have. All welcome!
Reading Capital: A fortnightly reading group at The Salford Restoration Office, Salford dedicated to reading, in its entirety, Karl Marx's Capital Vol. 1: A Critique of Political Economy. We have organised a simultaneous reading group to take place at Transmission coinciding with the third session of Reading Capital in Salford. We will be discussing the text in conjunction with David Harvey's online lectures. Harvey, a respected academic and writer, has been teaching open classes on the book for 40 years, and the current set of lectures given at the City University of New York have been filmed and made available on-line - http://davidharvey.org/. Please send us an email if you would like a copy of the text in advance.
Drawing Club: Sapna Agarwal presents an afternoon of games, drawing with and from memory, including one made famous by Whistler in the text "Painting as a Pastime", by Winston Churchill, which is to be read in the gallery on the following day (5/11/08). Some refreshments and materials will be provided and all are welcome to attend.
The Free University at Saltoun Arts Project, 1987 – 1991: The Free University started in early 1987 and emerged out of various events across the areas of education, art, politics and literature. It proposed an inter-disciplinary approach to learning not based on vocational skills, and to challenge the loss of community and neighbourhood. It intersected with many projects and gave rise to more specific, semi independent interest groups. The FU dispersed around 1991. Some of the original members involved in independent publishing and autonomous art projects at the time including Here & Now, Variant, Edinburgh Review, the Saltoun Art Project, and others - will attempt some observations on the continuities across the two decades. All welcome.
A Joyride in a Paint-box: A reading and discussion group with members of Glasgow Art Club. Texts for this event are: 'Painting as a Pastime', Winston Churchill, 1932 and 'Moot Points', Walter Crane. Please send us an email if you would like a copy of the texts in advance. All welcome.
Experimental Writing Workshop: led by Michael Wilson. In this writing workshop we will use Polaroids of local public text to create pieces of experimental writing. This piece is borne out of a collaboration between Islington Mill Art Academy, poets and workshop organisers from all over Glasgow. The activity has been developed between the poets, who include workshop organisers from Glasgow University creative writing department and the Mitchell Library. Will we focus on speed, dynamism and group collaboration, everyone welcome.
2pm – 3.30pm
Them and Us: A workshop with John Powles from The Centre for Political Song exploring the origins and tradition of political folk song and its continuing relevance today. The Centre for Political Song is an archive and research centre based at Glasgow Caledonian University. It exists to promote and foster an awareness of all forms of political song; an appreciation of the role of political song in the social, political and cultural life of communities; and to facilitate research in relevant areas of study, whilst remaining free from any political bias.
An Evening of Political Song
Comic Jam: led by Heather Williams. Comic Jams involve the creation of a comic by multiple artists, often without a script to work from. This event will explore unusual themes, games and experiments in storytelling using image sequences. All abilities and skills are welcomed.
Cinema in Sections: Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde:
Strawberry Switchblade: The Fans Convention:
Band by Night: Maria Dada of Islington Mill Art Academy will present a showcase of new bands and music collectives that are only a few hours old. Prior to this, Maria will be inviting and selecting 10 persons to an afternoon session at Transmission where they will form a number of musical groupings. With Maria's guidance and direction, each of these groups will present the outcome of their collaborations at the showcase gig in Transmission later in the evening. If you are interested in taking part in this ambitious feat of social engineering, get in touch with Maria at email@example.com Previous musical expertise is not required.
Events taking place throughout the week:
Details of Event
03/11/08 – 09/11/08
Breakfast at Transmission: Islington Mill Art Academy will be hosting a daily breakfast at Transmission during the inaugural week of Moot Points. Breakfast discussion topics will be focused on a critique of the previous days activity in the gallery space. The aim of these sessions is in building an element of evaluation into the gallery program as it is unfolding. The breakfasts are open to all and to aid the process of evaluation, the group will invite a specific person to anchor the debate each day. Tea/coffee and fresh bread from the Transmission overnight bakery will be served. Please bring anything else that you would like to eat.
The Realest:is an occasional zine/publication produced by the people behind 'Comfortable on a Tightrope', the Manchester based live music and art night. Inspired by the scientific/humanist periodical, 'The Realist', the aim of the publication is to produce something real, earnest or sincere. The current issue takes for its theme, Black Mountain College. During the week at Transmission, Comfortable on a Tightrope aim to produce a new issue of 'The Realest' which will document and respond to events unfolding at Transmission. Richard Perry and Laetitia Glenton who make up COAT will be working in the gallery space throughout the week to make this happen. They welcome your ideas, input and contributions.
Amy Pennington from Islington Mill Art Academy will spend her week in Glasgow keeping an eye on the threshold of Transmission, those that are outside, those that are in. Amy will be engaging with the public using text-based works which will be presented in the gallery over the course of the week.
Aye-Aye Bibliotechnic: Aye-Aye Books is an independent publisher and bookseller based in Glasgow and Salford, steered by Sapna Agarwal and Martin Vincent.
The Aye-Aye Bibliotechnic is a small library of books dedicated to the themes and activities of the Islington Mill Art Academy, Moot Points and the expanded field in which they graze.
The books come largely from the personal collections of Agarwal and Vincent with additional sequestrations from the stock of the Aye-Aye Books retail operation.
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
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.
Saturday, 19 July 2008
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
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
A reading group with other events at the Joseph Brotherton Statue, Riverside Walk, Manchester. Music and refreshments will be provided. Please come along.
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Islington Mill Art Academy will be setting up a temporary free art school in Berlin later this month from 27th May till 8th June 2008. We will be working from an art and music space in Kreuzberg called Westgermany (133 Skalitzer Str.) We are inviting Berliners to join us in a number of activities that we will be organising during our residency there. If you would like to get involved, please email us.
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Islington Mill Art Academy are participating in 'Symposium of the Local' at Castlefield Gallery. Conceived by p-10, a curatorial group from Singapore, the exhibition aims to explore how locally based creative industry and artists work in an international arena and the extent to which location, nationality and geography play a role in the production, direction and dissemination of contemporary art.
Thursday, 10 April 2008
On Monday, we were joined by artist, Mary Oliver. Mary talked about her practice and we discussed work including 'Mother Tongue' in which Mary performed in synchrony with herself as her mother and her three sisters and more recent works like 'Fly me to the Moon' and 'Somewhere between Heaven and Earth'. This was followed by members of the Academy in turn presenting recent work. Much of the days discussion was focused on art education with Mary sharing her experiences of working within University based art education.
Friday, 21 March 2008
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Monday, 11 February 2008
We visited Cube, Microplex Cinema and Venue which is run by a group of voluntary artists and promoters.
We also visited Spike Island, a studio and gallery complex which is home to UWE fine art students. It began its life as an artist led initiative and has now grown into a center for new and innovative art. We had the opportunity to visit the studio space occupied by the UWE students as well as a complete tour of the building.