Christmas is fast approaching and Islington Mill will be hosting its annual contemporary crafts fair on Thursday 1st December to mark the start of the festive season. The event sees the wealth of creative talent based at the Salford Mill showcase their work and offer a range of unusual, one-of-a-kind gifts and treats.
Islington Mill is a former cotton-spinning mill, which – unlike most of Manchester’s mill buildings – has not become a soulless apartment block. Bill Campbell, owner of the mill, has converted the space into an artistic haven for creatives to work and experiment, with 50 studios, an art gallery and a club space.
In the past year the mill’s has grown into its own after the renovations that transformed our ground floor in October 2010 thanks to funding from Salford City Council and Arts Council England. Hosting more exhibitions and events Islington Mill is really adapting into the ‘hub of creative activity’ it has always promised to be. This year’s Christmas fair will be taking advantage of this excitement.
The mill’s residents range from fashion designers to welders and there will be a range of beautiful pieces available at the event, including home accessories by Mr.PS; Limited edition prints from Boy & Design by Day; and soft toys and greetings cards from Nerissa Cargill Thompson. *
As well as the wide range of crafts available at the Christmas fair, there will also be a feast of festive favourites for visitors to enjoy with mulled wine, homemade soup and mince pies all on the menu. Plus the BBC Philharmonic will be bringing their string quartet down to complete the atmosphere.
The annual event has gone from strength to strength and attracts a wide range of shoppers looking for a truly unique Christmas experience. The festivities begin at 4:00pm and continue until 9:00pm, making Christmas at the Mill the perfect winter evening warmer.
To find out more about Islington Mill and the Christmas fair please visit www.islingtonmill.com.