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Marilyn Middlemiss and Louise Fox of the Salt Gallery
Can I start by asking a you a bit about yourselves? I think I'm right in saying that you've been in Cornwall for somewhat more than five years. What were you doing before you moved down and what brought you here? We have been practising for more than 15 and 20 years respectively. We met at the Digswell Art Trust in Stevenage, Herts. It was great organisation, giving us a 5-year fellowship with studios and support. Later moving to East London, Marilyn was in various ACME and SPACE studios and showed extensively in London, with work in corporate and public collections. Louise set up a small business with the help of The Princess Trust, moving into fine art publishing and contracts with large retailers like IKEA and Heals.
We both had Acme studios in Porthleven when we moved down in 1999.
Do you have a vision or a philosophy for the gallery? How do you think
it fits into the art-scene down here as a whole?
In my view the Salt Gallery adds something very unique to the mix
is a statement on the Salt Gallery website (below) - which I think you
wrote Marilyn and which may be a personal view - but it deserves to be
highlighted, because it rings true for many down here.
about the shows that you have put on: you often show artists from outside
Cornwall. How has that come about in most cases? The best known name, is
of course, Tracey Emin. Can you say a bit about how that happened?
Do you want to talk about the Front Room? This space has had funding
from the Arts Council for the last few years. Is the funding linked to an
obligation to show a particular type of work there? Can you describe some
of the shows that have taken place?
Most of the shows in the front room have not been funded, the
first show of Ron Haselden was funded, then a series of five shows
entitled "Five women in the Front
room" was also funded. We have a new project in the planning called
What does the future hold
for the gallery? What shows are planned over the next year or so?
The first show in the Front room for 2008 is Clara Clark, winner of the Mark Tanner sculpture Award. Having seen Clara's amazing portfolio for one so young, we are very excited about her show.
We have Alex Pearl for the second show. Alex has funding and is touring his "Little Death" videos and automaton. We first showed Alex two years ago in the Young Film-makers show. The "Migration" project in the front room is the next big plan which we would like to explore extensively over a period of time.
The future of the
Salt Gallery is to
show and promote individual and quality painters, printmakers and makers.
Because we are both working artists we choose art from an unusual
perspective. We do have a knowledge and understanding of what quality is.
Selling is important but we do not sell art that is made to sell, we like
to see the passion and commitment of the artist in the work.
Images top to bottom: Ron Haselden, Nora Adwan, Clara Clark, Chantal Brooks