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Common Salt at Queen's House, Royal Museums Greenwich


Common Salt is a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’ made by artists Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer, exploring nature, empire and memory by following a maze of connections. Common Salt raises to the surface our collective amnesia.

Showing in London: Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich | Friday 6th December| 11.30am & 2.30pm

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The work has been designed for museums, libraries and arts venues. Common Salt explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s, to 21st century narratives of trade, nature and culture.

“Common Salt is an extraordinary, sleep-stealing, intricately-woven story of history and power and race and…oh so much more. Can’t recommend it highly enough – a unique and unforgettable experience.”
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Common Salt national tour in 2020:

SITELINES  & University of Reading at The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading | Wednesday 29th January |7.00pm Buy tickets online

OSR Projects, West Coker, Somerset | Saturday 1st February | 3.00pm & 7.00pm

Manchester Central Library | Friday 7th February | 11.30am & 2.30pm

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester | Friday 6th March | 4.00pm & 7.00pm

Museum of London Docklands | Wednesday 18th March | 3.30pm & 6.30pm

Holburne Museum, Bath | Friday 27th March | 5.00pm & 7.30pm (part of Up Late)

Urban Room, Folkestone | Saturday 25th April | 3.00pm & 7.00pm

Live Art Development Agency, London | Thursday 23rd April | 4.00pm & 7.00pm

The British Library, London | Monday 18th May | 2.30pm & 6.30pm

Sue Palmer - Common Salt

Sheila Ghelani - Common Salt

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