Studio info + history


Hope Mill

Corner entrance door under canopy

Spiral stone staircase + lift

Studio with swinging exhibition wall panels

Studio interior

Hope Mill is an inspirational place to visit.  Buzzing with a mix of inner city energy; the historical richness of a grade 2 listed mill that continues to resonate with it’s past industrial splendour; and a contemporary vitality borne out of the mill’s re-imagined designation as home to Manchester’s largest creative hub of artists, designers, photographers, publishers, Comme Ca art gallery, Hope Mill Theatre,  and much, much more.

Hope Mill and AWOL Studios, sits on the fringe of a revitalised Ancoats, that has seen urban regeneration turn a forgotten corner of our city into the hippest suburb of Manchester, bursting with an independent spirit, and home to a plethora of creative businesses and thriving independent food and drink.

Creative Art Courses is proud to be part of this vibrant and creative city.  Watch the video the find out exactly what the Creative Art Courses studio is all about.

Hope Mill history

Hope Mill was one of the earliest developments in the new industrial suburb created alongside the Ashton Canal in the 1820’s. In 1824, the owners, Joseph Clarke and Sons purchased an 80 horse-power mill beam engine from Boulton and Watt of Birmingham. By 1880, the area was fully developed, with a large number of steam- powered industrial complexes. In the early C20, Hope Mill was occupied by John Hetherington and Sons, manufacturers of textile machinery, based at Vulcan Works further west on Pollard Street.

Listed building

Hope Mill is a Gade 2 listed building and is one of the best-preserved examples of its type in Manchester.  The Mill retains extensive evidence for the evolution of successive power systems, and which includes an innovative prefabricated iron roofing system.

This important component structure demonstrates an understanding by the designers of the principles of compression and tension acting in roof structures, and is related to similar early iron roof structures in contemporary mill developments in Ancoats.

Hope Mill makes a strong contribution to the international significance of this part of Manchester as the prototypical industrial suburb.  The Mill along with Ancoats’ wider heritage represents the extent and density of Manchester’s textile and engineering industry at its peak, and together constitutes an historical industrial landscape of international significance.

AWOL Studios

I joined AWOL Studios in about 2005, before the studios moved into Hope Mill and have witnessed our creative community grow and thrive into the recognised success it has now become.