Its future is now thankfully secure after an innovative community share offer, backed by over 700 people has raised nearly £¼ million of private investment. With an additional £100,000 match-funding from Power to Change, Farfield Mill will now be able to implement its plans to develop the heritage displays and carry out essential repairs to the building. Investors came from as far north as the Shetland Islands and as far south as Exeter
Farfield Mill provides open studios for 20 weavers, craftsmen and artists, an outlet for the work of designer makers from across the North of England, galleries hosting exhibitions of regional, national and international provenance, and a heritage exhibition about the local wool industry.
The Mill weaves textiles on heritage looms for artisan producers in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria.
It is believed to be the last working wool mill in the Yorkshire Dales. It also has a floor of hand looms where visitors are encouraged to have a go.
Joanne Mowbray, who joined Farfield Mill from Lakeland Arts to lead the Mill through its transition, said: “Now the challenges are to deliver the ambitious plans for Farfield Mill’s future, put it on a sound business footing, and ensure it becomes a major cultural venue in the rural north.