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Islington Mill

Islington Mill

Temporary Custodians of Islington Mill 2018 - 2028

Maurice Carlin


CMYK ‘Permaprint Premium’ archival inks on ‘Olin’ archival paper,

Installation of 100 Unique Prints, 72 cm x 102 cm each.


‘Temporary Custodians’ is an installation of 100 unique relief prints taken from the derelict 5th floor surface of Islington Mill, Salford. As an alternative to a simple act of ownership, buyers of individual prints from the installation become ‘Temporary Custodians’ - joint owners of a large-scale installation, and participants in the future life of the artwork. ‘Temporary Custodians’ also enter into a 10-year relationship with Islington Mill in which they can help to shape and contribute to the next decade of the Mill’s evolution. This in turn forms part of Islington Mill’s ongoing commitment to exploring new methods of art distribution and ownership. Sales of this work will directly contribute to refurbishing the derelict 5th and 6th floors of the Mill to transform them into new residential and work spaces for future artists.


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Maurice Carlin’s work deals with artistic structures and processes, emerging from an independent peer-led educational structure he co-founded in 2007 (Islington Mill Art Academy), which has been acknowledged as one of the first of the recent slew of alternative art schools set up in response to student fees and the debate around the relevance and usefulness of mainstream art education. Recently he has been exploring shared ownership through the production of ‘distributed installations’ – artworks made of multiple elements, which have the potential to exist individually or together as one work, where the life of the work beyond studio and exhibition becomes equally important.

Recent exhibitions and projects include Name it by Trying to Name it, The Drawing Center, New York (2015), PRESS ROOM, Creative Time Summit, Venice Biennale (2015), The Negligent Eye, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2014), Self-Interruption, Jack Chiles Gallery, New York (2013) andFirst…Next…Then…Finally, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2013).

Twitter @artacademymill


Islington Mill
1 James Street
Greater Manchester
M3 5HW


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