Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer in COMMON SALT
Ship Studio at Dartington Hall, September 28 2018
This is an intimate performance with very limited tickets. Common Salt will be performed at 18:00 and again at 20:00. Choose your preferred time when you book.
Common Salt is a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’.
It explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s, to 21st century narratives of trade, race and culture.
Sue and Sheila activate insights into our shared past, laying out a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories; of the Great Hedge of India, of borders, and collections – all accompanied by original Shruti box laments.
Common Saltis a reckoning; the interconnectedness between history and global power, artefact and trade, race and memory is hidden in plain sight.
Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmerboth work individually as artists whose work spans performance, audio and moving image. Each artist’s practice centres on using research to make artistic work with detail and resonance, for public places, made for the passer by or the guest; making new work with and for the public is the meeting point between artist and context.
Sheila and Sue first collaborated as part of Sheila’s Rambles with Natureproject, developing an experimental collaboration bringing their strengths and interests together through language and object, music and lyric, political and social geography, wit and wryness.
Each brings an incisive intelligence, an ambitious and inquisitive approach to making work, with a wealth of experience in working collaboratively with institutions, places and people. Both artists are skilled and crafty at using charismatic live performance and visual media to present intimate, implicating and gently unfolding connective experiences for audiences, with exquisitely produced visual materials.
About the artists
Sheila Ghelanihas made art work in major public cultural institutions here in the UK and internationally, including installation, performance and digital media art works at Tate Liverpool, Fierce Festival in Birmingham, Wellcome Collection and Southbank Centre in London. She has shown work abroad in Switzerland, Belgium and Australia. Rambles with Nature(2013-2015) funded by ACE, created work exhibited through moving image, live performance and publication. @SheilaGhelani
Sue Palmerhas worked for over 30 years using contemporary arts practice to engage people and public space in the UK and internationally. Recent commissions include ‘The 100 Year Old Band’ in Germany and Finland alongside work for Battersea Arts Centre, B-side festival and many non-arts organisations including the National Trust and the Forestry Commission. Sue has worked in a diversity of contexts using live and digital art forms across the UK and internationally, and was an Associate Lecturer in Performance at Dartington College of Arts. @SuePalmer23
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Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from b-side and One Final Act by Rajni Shah Projects.