About us

Salt Road declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Salt Road is a visual artist agency and project space based in the West Midlands. Established in 2003 by artist curators Jaime Jackson and Dr Sally Payen, Salt Road commissions artists and works with partner organisations, on social and environmental art programs across the UK.

We pledge to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.

These are our intentions:

1. We will tell the Truth

Governments, and their public broadcasters and cultural agencies, must tell the truth about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and communicate the urgency for far-reaching systemic change.

We will communicate with citizens and support them to discover the truth about the Emergency and the changes that are needed.

2. We will take Action

Governments must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.

We pledge to work towards reducing our emissions to net zero by 2025.

We will challenge policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where we interact with them, that do not help to reduce emissions or consumption levels.

We will actively work to imagine and model ways that my practice / our organisation can regenerate the planet’s resources.

3. We are committed to Justice

The emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices. Arts and Culture can imagine and forge shifts in the ways we relate to one another and the world, in our values and behaviours.

We will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression amidst our communities about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes that are needed.

We will support demands for more democracy within our civic institutions and government.

We believe that all truth-telling, action and democratic work must be underpinned by a commitment to justice based on intersectional principles, led by and for marginalised people.

Jaime Jackson Artist Director Salt Road

Salt Road was established in 2003 by artist curators Jaime Jackson and Dr Sally Payen, Salt Road commissions artists and works with partner organisations, across the West Midlands and the UK.

The objective of Salt Road are to carry out art activities which benefit  wellbeing by:

1. Encouraging more people to engage with the arts by producing high quality visual art and relational engaged projects, commissioning and collaborating with UK and international artists and partners.

2. Integrating a distinctive and relevant climate ecology and social justice emergency art program working across the sciences and the humanities with University partners to address the need for growth in sustainability, respect for nature, resilience and adaption.

Moving image mapped projection installation for the Invisible Art Network at Left Bank Hereford

We specialise in participatory practice engaging communities in digital environmental projects that engage people, communities, and organisations to grow and survive by learning about natural models of sustainability, biodiversity, and process based biomimicry. Producing public visual art programs including exhibitions of contemporary art, relational workshops with communities, talks and events to encourage critical and creative engagement through visual art-making. Salt road works with artists, galleries, museums, charities, government bodies and academic partners to respond to archives, buildings and places to make new work and develop digital technologies.

We plan and deliver relational practice education and engagement projects with schools colleges, community groups, partner arts organisations and officers. Responding to briefs, to implement projects, working with accreditation  such as Arts Awards and Arts Marks  and evaluating projects to ensure positive and proven learning outcomes. We have DBS and PLI.

Salt road artists search out meta-narratives found in social movements, history, sustainability and nature; and create linkages between things to create unusual open pathways for partnership working and commissioning.

And what she saw there was a pattern, she was to explain, a pattern forged by the creative ‘look’ that artists posses as they scan the chaotic rubble of ordinary appearances and, through an extraordinary act of selective seeing, manage to extract a series of intervals, of harmonic relationships between darks and lights, an intuition of that organic intermeshing to which could be affixed the term unity. Rosalind E Krauss The Optical Unconscious

Contact: email@ jaimejackson.org

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