SALT is a celebration of culture – creative, historical, environmental and communal – that brings together art, music, food and architecture in unprecedented surroundings within the Arctic Circle. Launched for the first time on the Arctic beach of Sandhornøya, near Bodø, northern Norway in August 2014, over the coming years SALT will travel across the northernmost part of the planet, making a nomadic home in Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Spitsbergen and Alaska.
SALT began its journey upon an Arctic beach on the mountainous island of Sandhornøya, south of Bodø, Northern Norway, on 29 August 2014 where it will continue until 01 September 2015. With a remote rural location, surrounded by breathtaking nature, visitors can discover a place to engage the mind, body and soul.
Whether it’s a day trip, overnight stay or a relaxed week, SALT presents a unique opportunity to indulge the senses, with a continuous arts diary offering a series of cultural experiences, indoors and outdoors. From art projects to fireside storytelling, from music – including classical and contemporary concerts, club nights, gigs and experimental performances – to child-friendly events, SALT seemingly has no borders.
Centred around a stunning architectural structure inspired by the fiskehjelle – the racks upon which fish are traditionally dried – SALT has been developed by architect and artist Sami Rintala of Rintala Eggertsson Architects. Central to SALT’s art programme, it will host two major commissioned artworks, one for the dark season – SALT Night – and one for the light season – SALT Day – created by internationally acclaimed artists who have been invited to develop site-specific installations.
SALT will also provide a home for a bar and restaurant championing locally sourced food – its menu regularly changing with the seasons – as well as a spacious sauna functioning both as spa and stage. Nearby, architects and artists will conceive and build humble but comfortable lodgings, inspired by Arctic nomadic construction methods, designed for a simple and functional life in both rough and friendly climates, finely and harmoniously tuned with its incomparable landscape.
For a bit of history, SALT was conceived in 2010 by acclaimed curator Helga-Marie Nordby and cultural entrepreneur Erlend Mogård-Larsen [Vulkana/ByLarm/Troena Festival) at the Lofoten International Art Festival [LIAF], a festival for contemporary art that has taken place every second year since 1999 in the Lofoten Islands, just above the Arctic Circle. As curators for LIAF 2010, Nordby and Mogård-Larsen chose Kuba, a small island outside Svolvoer, as the location for the festival. Set in the Norwegian Sea, Kuba
provides the best location for drying fish in Norway. The fiskehjeller [fish racks] on the island were transformed into venues for art projects, performances, concerts and club nights. The success of LIAF 2010 provided the inspiration for SALT.