Flight of Industry is a collaborative multi-disciplinary art project delivered by Mahdlo in association with a number of local artists and funded by Arts Council England.

The project set out to create a multimedia exhibition exploring Oldham’s industrial heritage; from the cotton mills of the industrial revolution to the shift into a new, greener industrial age.

During this collaboration, our young people worked alongside our delivery partners to produce a soundscape that places the listener in the middle of the machinery of the past with the voices of the present; an animated film capturing the birth, growth and decline of the North West as a manufacturing powerhouse; a collection of poetry and prose that resurrects the voices of child labourers, factory owners and the machinery of the age and a sculpture built from re-purposed objects, signifying the flight towards (and away from) an age where machines are life. Initially intended for live exhibition, the ‘Flight of Industry’ project was exhibited in The Space and filmed for display online following the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Click below to see the video exhibition (15 mins) as well as a full gallery of collected writings by our young people for the project.

The Machine

A collection of writing by young people at Mahdlo.