WE'RE A CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
IN SADDLEWORTH, LAUNCHING ON SATURDAY APRIL 6TH, 2019
The Weavers Factory is a Grade II-listed Georgian building featuring three art galleries,
a gift shop, a private walled garden and a brew room for tea and biscuits
ART EXHIBITIONS: Every month we hold a large exhibition featuring a single emerging or established contemporary British Artist
EDUCATION: Our patron Joan Charnley spent 30-years in art education and her generous legacy enables us to offer a diverse programme of courses for both amateurs and professionals
ROOM HIRE: From intimate private rooms to a large double-height gallery, we have a variety of flexible spaces to hire for both community groups and corporate companies
RETAIL: Our monthly pop-up retail events offer artisan makers from across Greater Manchester the opportunity to reach new customers in the heart of bustling Saddleworth
We exhibit contemporary British artists working in a variety of disciplines including paint, illustration, photography, ceramics and sculpture. We specialise in emerging artists who need their first break and established artists who have been forgotten by the art world but still have something to say. We encourage outsider artists who have a social and political message
OUR PATRON - JOAN CHARNLEY
The Weavers Factory was the home and studio of award-winning textile artist Joan Charnley for 50-years.
Joan studied Fine Art and Textiles at the Manchester College of Art between 1945 and 1951 before becoming Head of Fashion and Textiles at Great Yarmouth College of Art. In 1963 she became Principle of Oldham Institute of Education before retiring in 1971 and working as a guest lecturer across the country. Joan was passionate about art and education and requested that
after her death her home should become an "Art House" - a creative space to work, study, display and sell art.
JOAN CHARNLEY (1928-2016)
1945-1951 Manchester College of Art, BA (Art)
1945-1951 Manchester College of Art, DA (Textiles)
1951-1955 Textile Designer
1956-1960 Head of Fashion & Textiles, Great Yarmouth School of Art
1960-1963 Vice-Principal, Great Yarmouth School of Art
1963-1971 Principal, Oldham Women's Institute of Education
1972-1982 Course Director, Flatford Mill, Suffolk
1980-1988 Botanical Illustrator
THE JOAN CHARNLEY BURSARY
In 2018 we launched the Joan Charnley Bursary, an annual award given to a young emerging artist whose work embodies the innovative and challenging nature of our patron, Joan Charnley DA (Manc), ATD, FRSA. Joan was both an artist and an educator and she spent 30-years encouraging young artists to fulfil their potential. The Joan Charnley Bursary supports our youngest artists by providing them with financial support and professional advice as they work towards their first Solo Exhibtion.
2019 - SEAMUS KILLICK
Glasgow-based artist Seamus Killick is the first recipient of the Joan Charnley Bursary. Born in South Wales in 1991, Seamus studied Fine Art at the Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2014 with First Class Honours. He was immediately selected for the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries and the following year awarded the RSA Stevenson Award for ‘Painter of Merit’. Seamus has undertaken a number of residencies including the St Margarets House Residency 2014 and the Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency, The Spinnerei in 2016. As part of the Joan Charnley Bursary, Seamus will be working on a new collection of work for his solo exhibition at the Weavers Factory in 2019.
2020 - amy mizrahi
Artist Amy Mizrahi is the second recipient of the Joan Charnley Bursary. Born in Liverpool Amy studied Illustration at the Manchester School of Art. In 2016 she co-founded SLOE Gallery, which she has served as the co-director for the past two years and in 2017 undertook a three-month artist residency in Los Angeles. With a background in both fine art and social science, Amy breaks boundaries around definitions of beauty and challenges issues regarding self-identity. Her work embodies themes surrounding mental health, disability, identity and memory and will be working on a new collection of painting for her Solo Exhibition at the Weavers Factory in 2020.
Located in the heart of Saddleworth the Weavers Factory is a Grade-II Listed Georgian building constructed in 1808 and designed for domestic weaving. In the latter part of the 19th Century it had a variety of uses including a coffin-makers, an illegal gambling den and a Temperance Hotel, and in 1963 was converted into a house by Joan Charnley and her husband Archibald MacDonald.
In 2017 we began the sympathetic restoration of the Weavers Factory, working alongside historians, architects and local craftspeople to carefully transform the building into a 21st century Art Gallery using 19th century techniques and materials