Location: Salts Mill, Saltaire

A new site-responsive installation commissioned by Saltaire Inspired as part of Saltaire Arts Trail is showing in the dramatic roof space at Salts Mill from Saturday 29 May – Sunday 6 June.

In Felt by Claire Tindale, wool is used as the central material to explore the industrial heritage of the mill and surrounding village. At the heart of the installation, occupying the industrial scale of the temporary gallery space, is a village of hundreds of small hand-crafted houses. The houses have been carefully sculpted using special needle-felting techniques to a design developed by Tindale and shared with members of the public through a series of workshops. Contributing to the collective growth and development of the model village, the houses created by groups of workshop participants, from the local area, Manchester and further afield, sit alongside those created by the artist.

Responding to the historic and contemporary contexts of the mill and village, Felt explores the relationship between industry and home, the communities that develop and the supportive, symbiotic relationship that results.

29 May - 6 June, 2021
11 - 4 daily

Salts Mill, Saltaire


Photographs by Emily Ryalls