Relational art

Established in 2005 Salt Road is a not for profit partnership, for the benefit of the community of the West Midlands and other areas across the UK.

The objects of Salt Road are to carry on activities, which benefit the community and in particular to improve their environmental, social, economic, and cultural wellbeing.

1. To encourage more people to engage with the arts by producing high quality visual art and relational engaged projects, commissioning the very best UK and international artists that excite and inspires.

2. Improve the well being of communities through relational inclusive and engaging projects that tackle social barriers, reducing inequality, discrimination and social disadvantage.

3. Create and deliver mentoring and training opportunities for vulnerable and excluded young people in event management and for early career artists.

4. Reuse community facilities and buildings with compelling cultural activities accessible for everyone.

5. Integrate distinctive and relevant climate change focused projects, connecting people with University research to address the need for growth in sustainability, respect for nature, resilience and adaption.

6. Make a positive contribution to global well being through locally linked international partnership projects.

7. Develop an economically resilient sustainable model of practice that is embedded in our local community reaching and engaging with a broad spectrum of society.

Relational art or relational aesthetics is a mode or tendency in visual art practice originally observed and highlighted by French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud, who defined the approach as “a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space.”  The artist is a “catalyst” in relational art, through engagement practice to co-create works and change perspectives rather than being at the centre of the art-making process.

Salt road delivers relational projects with partner galleries agencies and artists with communities on issue based environmental and social contexts.

The Treeline program has a series of engaged projects which engages people to creatively respond to ecological systems, bringing climate change issues to the front of people’s minds.

Green man festival photobooth work. 2017