Fat Out's Burrow

Fat Out’s Burrow

As of the 1st May 2015 Islington Mill’s event space will be operating under the name FAT OUT’S BURROW LTD.

Islington Mill is about to change forever. Having received significant support from the Arts Council England, Salford Council and a large philanthropic gift from the Mill’s founder Bill Campbell, this will allow a huge renovation of two derelict floors of the listed Victorian Mill creating a brand new Artist in Residency facility. Islington Mill needs Greater Manchester people and companies to support the project to ensure the Mill’s future as they embark on a 12 month fundraising mission to secure the remaining funds.

Taking inspiration from The Royal Standard (Liverpool) and Transmission Gallery (Glasgow) whom both have rolling two year curatorial residencies, Islington Mill is using this model for their live event programme and have invited experimental music promoters Fat Out Til You Pass Out to lead on this inaugural residency. The aim is to allow promoters to graduate to another phase of their career, developing their skill set and enabling future ambitions by giving full them autonomy over the creative programme and venue management.

“Islington Mill is a value-led organisation focused on people and partnerships.  Nurturing the conditions where excellence can flourish and potential is realised, by allowing the time and space for people to experiment, take risks and grow.”  Bill Campbell, Founder and Director of Islington MIll.

Islington Mill knows the key to a sustainable future is to allow fresh blood to infiltrate new ideas into the building. Fat Out have proved themselves as dynamic, creative promoters, dedicated to bringing exciting and diverse music to Islington MIll whilst retaining a strong DIY ethos.

“Through this residency Islington Mill is enabling us to grow as promoters and entrepreneurs giving us a unique opportunity to develop Fat Out as a sustainable business, which I believe will be imperative to our future.’  EMMA THOMPSON (Fat Out Director)

Rebranding the space Fat Out’s Burrow, Fat Out Directors Verity Gardner and Emma Thompson will use this residency to support emerging musicians, bring new audiences to Islington Mill and curate a diverse and interesting calendar of cultural events in Salford. Launching the Burrow in June with a week long stretch of events including performances from Dan Deacon, James Blackshaw and collaborations with promoters Gesamtkunstwerk, Grey Lantern and Now Wave.

Fat Out’s Burrow will be the first residency of it’s kind at Islington Mill – paving the way for future promoters to realise their curatorial and entrepreneurial ambitions.

Islington Mill / Fat Out's Burrow

Islington Mill / Fat Out’s Burrow

Launch of THE BURROW – 12th-22nd June 2015. Full line up for launch events  will be revealed today 30th April 2015) at http://www.fatout.co.uk/

Islington Mill is a leading independent UK arts organisation based in Salford, in the NW England. Structured around an organic network of independent artists, Islington Mill runs innovative inter-disciplinary public arts programmes and artist residencies alongside studio spaces and an artists’ B&B. Since starting promoting events for public engagement in 2005 Islington MIll have housed shows for artists as diverse as Christeene, Death Grips and Theo Parrish.

The refurbishment project will safeguard and strengthen the resilience of Islington Mill’s distinct creative ecology. through refurbishing 6000sqft of currently unused space within the building & developing our unique residency offer. The project will create new Artist In Residency Spaces (AIRS), enabling local artists to connect, collaborate and knowledge share with an international arts community. The project will also comprise of the replacement of the roof, the enveloping of the building replace the roof and the inclusion of a new a lift and stairs making Islington Mill the only DDA-compliant combined studio workspace, venue and AIRS in the North of England.

Fat Out Til You Pass Out have organised events in Manchester and Salford since 2008,  having promoted 80 + live shows and three festivals for artists such as Swans, The Bug, Melt Banana, Boris and Russian Circles. 2009 saw directors Verity Gardner and Emma Thompson challenge themselves with a cross atlantic collaboration between Manchester/Salford based visual artists and New York musicians culminating in a live show at the Silent Barn, Brooklyn.