July 14, 2018 / 12:30
Droitwich Spa Heritage & Information Centre
Droitwich Spa Heritage & Information Centre, 14 July
22 Victoria Square, Droitwich WR9 8DS
Katy Beinart has been researching the history of salt production in Droitwich for her art commission, Saltways. Join Katy at the Heritage Centre, where her Saltworks pavilion is on show, as she talks about the Saltways project as part of the Droitwich Spa Arts Festival, a Droitwich Arts Network event. Why not make a day of it and join in with some of the fantastic range of festival family activities on offer? Click here for the festival’s website.
Droitwich was founded on its natural salt brines and, at its peak, exported 120,000 tonnes of salt a year. The artist has been inspired by the last “Wych Barge” to leave Droitwich in 1916, a cargo boat designed to navigate canals and open sea, which in its final journey instead of salt carried hayricks to the army in France during World War I. The salt pavilion is on display at the Salt Museum in Droitwich Heritage Centre until September before departing on board a canal boat as part of Salt Fest on 8th September.
Katy Beinart is an interdisciplinary artist whose work responds to the context and history of places and people. Visit Katy’s fascinating project blog here to find out more.