Art2c – Do you Remember Islington Mill? & Saul Hay Anniversary Exhibition

Islington Mill – Your Memories Needed

Islington Mill
Islington Mill – Image Smila Blomma

Islington Mill Memories?


Many of you know of Salford’s Islington Mill as an arts community for a number of years.. Now Swiss-French artist Hugo Hemmi, through a month long residency at Castlefield Gallery is looking for your help to find people with memories of Islington Mill for a new exhibition. If you can help you can find Hugo’s contact details below .

Since 2000 the Grade II listed Islington Mill on James St, Salford has been home to a thriving community of artists and creative businesses. But Islington Mill was originally built for cotton spinning in 1823 by the self-taught Leeds-born architect David Bellhouse (1764–1810).

Bellhouse’s firm was also responsible for the construction of the Manchester Portico Library, of which Bellhouse was also a founding member, and the original Manchester Town Hall on King Street, designed by Francis Goodwin and later demolished.

A year after the original construction of Islington Mill there was a partial structural collapse of the building. During rebuilding, various new structures were added to the original model that had consisted of a single row of cast-iron columns. Further extensions were subsequently added over the years, including a second mill, stables around the courtyard and an external engine house.

By the early 1900s the Mill was being used for textile doubling rather than spinning and by the 1960’s was home to several local business including a shop selling school uniforms to the public.

Geneva based artist Hugo Hemmi is spending a month in residence in Salford thanks to a partnership between Castlefield Gallery, the University of Salford Art Collection and Islington Mill with funding from University of Salford Art Collection (Graduate Scholarship Programme) and Canton et République de Genève in Geneva. The pilot project will see an artist exchange between the two cities with University of Salford graduate, Larry Walker – Tonks spending time in Geneva meeting artists and arts professionals later this year.


Hugo wants wants to hear from anyone with memories of Islington Mill and the surrounding areas to feature in a new video work that will be exhibited in the public gallery space at Islington Mill. Anyone with memories to share should contact the artist directly by email at


Saul Hay Celebrate First Anniversary Exhibition

Islington Mill
Steven Heaton Divergent

Co Directors and owners Ian and Catherine Hay are marking their first anniversary this October of the opening of their Castlefield based Art gallery Saul Hay Fine Art with a new exhibition. They have invited all of the artists who have exhibited with them over the past year to showcase work of their choice in their special ANNIVERSARY Exhibition.

This is a unique opportunity to see work by no less than 34 of the very best artists working today and to review the incredibly exciting first year of Saul Hay Gallery.

Ian & Catherine said “We have a lot to celebrate. ‘This year has been like a whirlwind. We have been surprised and delighted at the welcome and support we have received from so many creative people across Manchester, the local community and from artists across the country. We have been privileged to take part in the Manchester Film Festival , MANIFEST 2017 and to work with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce  We look forward to being part of The Manchester Contemporary 2017 Art Fair at Manchester Central and a Sponsor for the Emerging Artist Prize for the New Light Prize Exhibition  later this year”. On a personal note Catherine & Ian have also celebrated becoming grandparents and Ian having completed his course of chemotherapy treatment for CLL.

1 Manchester Film Festival

2 Manifest Arts Festival 2017

3 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

4 The Manchester Contemporary 2017

5 The New Light Prize Exhibition