Art Works was set up in 2012 by Mo Gallaccio, former trustee of The Mill – to showcase work of interest to the community – or made by the community and feeds directly into The Mill’s strategy.

Art Works’ aim is to encourage everyone, of any age, to be as creative as possible.

Exhibitions are open to professional and less experienced artists – we encourage every one to take part. Our trade mark One Person, One Piece group shows, like the E17 Art Trail exhibitions often attract over 30 submissions. Adults and children.

Alison Brown Birds on the Marshes

We host 8 exhibitions a year – some are The Mill’s trade mark group shows – some showcase local photographers, or people who work with fabrics and all things soft.

Some are by other organisations – like Whitefields Academy, returning this year for a second visit or the recent “If Not Now” – Contact the Elderly and photographer Michael Whelan – beautiful portraits of some of the more senior members of our community.

The Mill is not a gallery but a Community Art Space.

Art Works is self-funding and even makes money for The Mill by small submission fees and commission on sales.

There is an Art Club for children on Thursday afternoons – 3.30pm – 5.30pm during term time.

Art Works has worked with some fantastic local artists – Michelle Reader and her Urban Beasties.

Esther Neslen and her “waiting” plaster figures.

These exhibitions went on to be shown in the Vestry House Garden and The Town Hall.

In October 2014 the Mill became a Fun Palace, part of a nation wide initiative.

We hosted two days of fun activities for people of all ages and attracted about 400 visitors.

Art Works is starting a new project June 2015 – February 2016. called “Step Up”.

4 different leaders will each run a set of 6 sessions. They will be given support and budget to run their idea. Neesha Badhan has been appointed to manage the project which will end with an exhibition celebrating the different activities, and those taking part.

We are very grateful to be funded by Awards 4 All

Art Works has supported people to release their creativity -to have a go – which has lead to greater confidence and reduced isolation. People have told us it makes them feel proud of the area

“ I never knew Walthamstow had so many talented people!”

“I look forward to the new exhibitions”

Art Works currently has an excellent team of volunteers.

Mo always has room for people who can help with activities during the daytime (e.g. helping set up for events or exhibitions or with the Thursday art club)

If you would like to get involved in Art Works please email mo@themill-coppermill.org