In the Studio With — Friendship and skill exchange are at the heart of Manchester’s multidisciplinary collective The Engine House

Posted 18 April 2017 Interview by Indi Davies

As an extended group of friends, The Engine House collective have created their ideal working space; one where collaboration and exchange are constant, inspiration and input flow freely between various projects and tools and processes are shared in a supportive, open environment. Set in a three-story Victorian mill in Manchester, their multidisciplinary studio is a hard-working, fun-loving mix of 14 people and 12 businesses, ranging from graphic designers and illustrators to an upholsterer and a prop stylist. As part of the wider Islington Mills studios, neighbouring businesses include a bed and breakfast, live-music venue and gallery. Communal endeavours are at the core of Engine House’s ethos, whether creating joint pop-up shops, hosting screenings and fundraising events, DJing for each other or sharing the important task of ordering in the annual batch of 1,200 tea bags.

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