Alke Schmidt: The Work of Salts
Salts Mill ,‘People and Process’ Gallery, 3rd floor
Sat 5 – Mon 7 May, 10am – 5pm, FREE
Talk by the artist: Sun 6 May, 3pm (Free, no booking required)
Artist Alke Schmidt returns to the Arts Trail with her largest ever painting – a new site-specific work inspired by the history of Salts Mill past and present. Saltaire Inspired were delighted to support Alke’s successful bid for funding to Arts Council England so that this work could be commissioned and shown as one of the highlights of the 2018 Saltaire Arts Trail.
Says Alke “I was bowled over by the visual impact of Salts Mill, its great spirit and energy and its remarkable history of vision, hope and hard work, and I want to capture this in my piece. I especially want to celebrate the people whose work made Salts Mill a success then and now”.
This multi-layered work is closely connected to Alke’s exhibition Wonder and Dread, currently at Bradford Industrial Museum. The exhibition explores the politics and morality of the textile industry through time and situates local stories from Bradford’s wool industry in a global context, linking its industrial heritage with the present and where our clothes are made now.
You can read more about Alke’s work, including The Work of Salts and Wonder and Dread, on her website.