Meeting Point2: Lion Salt Works

Dancers being filmed for Salt © Jonathan Turner

Salt is a fully immersive dance piece presented in 360° virtual reality, is an interpretation of the grueling work involved in cultivating salt at the UK’s only remaining open-pan salt making site.

  • Facts

    Title Salt
    Historical Sites Lion Salt Works, Cheshire
    Lead Artists Martin Hylton
    Artwork Dance, Installation and Film
    Partners / Stakeholders Lion Salt Works, West Cheshire Museums, Arts&Heritage and Arts Council England
    Budget £10,000.00
    Development 6 months
    Dates 1 December 2017 - March 2018
  • Description


    Dancers filmed for Salt © Jonathan Turner

    The project is part of the Meeting Point2 project led by Arts&Heritage. It supports ten new contemporary art installations at museums across the North East, North West and Yorkshire during 2017. Meeting Point2 is funded by Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund.

    Salt gives visitors the chance to step into in the artwork for a truly unique experience. Visitors to the exhibition will be provided with a virtual reality headset to view the dance piece which is set inside a salt pan. Dancing in water, representing the brine used in the salt making process, dancers capture the physicality of the manufacturing process whilst bringing Lion Salt Works’ unique heritage to life.

    Chorographer Martin Hylton said: “Looking at the archive material at Lion Salt Works, I was really struck by the movement and physical, hard work involved in claiming the salt from the pans.

    “The process the workers went through really lends itself to choreography and dance; the labored and heavy movement involved in scrapping the salt.

    “The piece I’ve created reflects that hard, physical work and by filming it in 360° virtual reality, the viewer can be completely immersed in the moment. People will get a sense of what it would have been like to work in the factory.”

    Watch a short film about the inspiration behind Salt

    Watch Salt’s promotional video here


    • Raise the profile of the site within the locality 
    • Engage museum staff and volunteers in commissioning process 
    • Build and develop the programming team’s expertise in commissioning contemporary art


    Arts&Heritage is supporting the ten participating museums throughout the process, sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.

    A networking event between the participating museums and 70 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.

    All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested therm.

    Four artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each


    Information to follow


    • £10,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs
    • £1000 towards learning and outreach
    • £500 paid to each of four artists shortlisted
  • Audience Engagement


    A marketing campaign for the Meeting Point2 project is being led and delivered by Emma Pybus and David Brookbanks.

    The Meeting Point2 project was documented by Jonathan Turner and Peter Spence


    School group developing work for Salt © Jonathan Turner 

    Information to follow

  • Artist Information

    Martin Hylton with Jonathan Nash at Lion Salt Works © Jonathan Turner