A ‘sneak preview’ of the new Barons Quay artwork

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Nightshift’ by Diana Bernice Tackley

This Summer, the Barons Quay gateway project will unveil a show piece artwork at the entrance to the regeneration scheme. To set this new artwork in context and to explore how art and industry can be interlinked, the award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum will be holding a free talk on ‘Art and Industry’ on Saturday 20 February from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

This imaginative event will feature three speakers fascinated by the connections between art and industry. Rebecca Gouldson (creator of the Barons Quay public artwork), Northwich painter, Diana Bernice Tackley and art history lecturer, Adrian Sumner. The talk will be held at the appropriately historic Thompson Suite at the Lion Salt Works Museum at Marston near Northwich. Tickets are free and can be reserved from the Eventbrite.co.uk website or by calling or visiting the Lion Salt Works on 01606 75040.

In 2014, Rebecca Gouldson won a Cheshire West and Chester Council contest to design the artwork for a 219m wall in Northwich. Since then, she has worked extensively at public art sessions to develop an image bank for the etchings of up to 50 mixed metal cylinders that will make up the artwork.

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An example of the type of cylinders to be used in Rebecca Gouldson’s Barons Quay development

Rebecca Gouldson, said: “This has been a very exciting and interesting project to work on and I have really become immersed in Northwich’s industrial history, particularly the salt mining. At the talk, I will be bringing in some physical samples of the work to give the audience a ‘sneak peak’ of the final work – so there will be a lot to see.”

Inspired by local industry, Northwich painter, Diana Bernice Tackley will share insights into the ideas behind her beautiful pictures, including ‘Nightshift’, the evocative painting that was featured on BBC2’s ‘Show me the Monet’ in 2012.

To set everything in context, Adrian Sumner, with his wealth of Art History knowledge, will give some background and engaging examples of artists who have taken their inspiration from the world of industry.

The Lion Salt Works Museum, re-opened last year after a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It tells the story of salt through fun and interactive displays. There is free access to the imaginative-designed playground, café, shop and butterfly garden and also plenty of free parking on site.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “This fascinating and engaging talk is just one of the sort of events we hoped the Museum would host when it was restored. The Museum is not just about the past but being a catalyst for engaging today’s community. I’m delighted that this is just one of a number of inspired and creative events taking place this year at the Museum.”

Owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council, in its first six months*, the Lion Salt Works Museum has won four restoration awards and its success has also been reflected in high visitor numbers and positive visitor feedback.