Born and raised in Beijing, Yi Zhou is an artist and independent designer. She takes inspiration from social issues through observation and categorization, transferring those insights and analysis into playful artistic manifestations.
Mark Carlin is the founder and co-director of Islington Mill Arts Club, the organisation which programmes and manages all public facing events, exhibitions and residencies at Islington Mill. Operating since 2007, the organisation has overseen the growth of an organic and ever evolving programme and successfully raised 100k investment towards the refurbishment of the ground floor venue and gallery project space in 2010. The directors are currently researching new strategies and models of funding, finance and organisation that will enable the renovation of the currently underused 5th and 6th Floor of Islington Mill and realise their long term ambition of developing a 9 room residency and large scale, flexible, working and showing space within the building.
Mark is also co-founder of Salford’s ‘Sounds from the Other City’ festival, Greater Manchester’s premier event for showcasing new music and performance. 2014 will be its tenth anniversary. In between all that, Mark is also the live programmer for FutureEverything, an award winning festival and innovation lab also in Manchester. 2015 will be it’s 20th anniversary!
Whilst in residence at Flux Factory, Mark will be researching artist residency models in NY, beginning with Flux Factory itself and also as a base to research the cultural and creative funding landscape within the city.