IOU Theatre

Dean Clough Mill

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IOU, Victoria Mill, Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, HX7 8SG.

The IOU studio and gallery is set in the cultural centre of Dean Clough, Halifax.

IOU is home to two galleries, a working studio, and large exhibition space where we also hold regular workshops and events. We welcome visitors and creators to join us, and offer a warm welcome to all.

Please look at our ‘Whats On’ section below for information about current exhibitions, workshops and visiting opportunities.

Our aim is to accommodate everyone who would like to visit us. Please see our accessibility information below, and do contact us with any additional requests or enquiries you may have. We know being accessible isn’t just about step free access, and want to ensure as many people are able to visit us as possible.

Getting Here:

Dean Clough is sign posted from major roads into Halifax. Once arriving at Dean Clough, the best way to access our studio and galleries is via Gate 8. This gate is at the back of our building and not in the main car park. It can be accessed by Lee Bank, off Ovenden road, which is under the flyover.

Once parked, you enter IOU via the glass doors at the far end of the car park.


For fully accessible parking and access to our studios, parking can be found at Gate 8, Victoria Mill, Dean Clough Mill, HX7 8SG.

Access to Gate 8 is on Lee Bank, (next to the recycling centre) off Ovenden road, under the flyover. When you turn into Lee Bank, the car park is the first right, once through the automatic barrier you will find ample parking. You can also access our studio via Gate 9 which is next to the Travelodge, please note – this entrance is not step free.

How to Pay: The pay station is inside the building, you enter your registration as you leave, this currently only takes card payments.


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Our aim is that every person is able to enjoy and participate fully in the work that we do at our studio in Dean Clough Mills.

We hope the information provided here is useful , but we recognise many access needs are more specific, so please do contact us for more information, we are really happy to help you.

Our studio is based in Victoria Mill which has step free access from carpark to studio via Gate 8.

(Access from other gates on the site requires steps to navigate before reaching our main studio door.)

When you arrive at our studio via Gate 8, you will find accessible pay and display parking with a door that leads to the ‘Walkway Gallery’. This is a large airy stone walkway which is flat and suitable for a mobility scooter, wheelchair, or for those using a walking aid. As you enter through our studio doors, the accessible toilets are straight ahead. You will also see the lift which takes down one level to our studio floor. The lift opens out directly into the main studio and exhibition space.

For those who can access steps, and choose to approach our studio from Gate 7 next to the travel lodge, you will find 2 steps after the glass door entrance, then a 10 meter from walk door to a flight of 12 steps which will take you up to our walkway gallery, and studio door.

Most of our productions and events will have lighting that has been chosen with the event in mind, if you need more information regarding lighting and sound during your visit, for those who have sensory sensitivities, please get in touch, as this will vary depending when you visit us.

Please contact us at if you have any access-related questions, we are always happy to help and make adjustments to suit our visitors’ needs.

Large print information is available on request.

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