Open Call: Extreme Views Artist Residency

Art Gene are pleased to offer an opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced visual artist to work alongside us on our current programme ‘Extreme Views’.

Harvest Celebration

Join us on the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space to celebrate by bringing in the harvest and planting for the Spring, with artist in residence Hannah Brackston!

Digital U: Open Call

Open call for artists and creatives whose work explores the collision of art and environment in the digital age, guest curated by Alejandro Ball.

Barra Culture “we did it!”

The Barra Culture team have been successful in bringing £1.9million funding over four years to the Borough, through Arts Council England Creative People & Places.

Extreme Views – Duddon Estuary

“A fantastic day with good company, great guide and a delicious lunch. I have lived in Askam most of my life, but never done the crossing. Thank you for coming to Askam and really show casing our village. We all appreciate it’s beauty and quirkiness, it is nice to share it with others.”

Wild Wednesdays

Free family outdoor nature activities at Allotment Soup Isle of Walney Community Growing Space this summer

Art Gene’s 2019 Summer Programme

Calling all explorers, speakers, thinkers, dreamers, artists, activists, ecologists, historians, dog walkers, builders, bus drivers, foodies, families, visitors, locals and lovers of nature and this amazing place… This is an opportunity to express your views in places of untold potential!

Extreme Views Think Tank

Local people, historians, naturalists and Councillors join international artists, designers and academics to examine Barrow and Furness’s challenges and explore its strengths.


Have you been thinking about applying to the THINK TANK, taking place 4 -7 April? Good news! You’ve now got a bit of extra time to send yours in as we have extended the deadline to THURSDAY 28TH FEBRUARY.      

Perverse Affordances

The Digital U is pleased to announce the second artist for its Extreme Views online exhibition programme, Sarah Friend.

Extreme Views Day

The first of three EXTREME events starts this Sunday 10th Feb at Cavendish Dock!

Extreme Views 2019

Get on Your Soapbox! Outdoor events in local places of untold potential!

Join our team!

Art Gene and the Coastal Team Digital Marketer /Administrator role.

Creatures Of The Night

Barra Night Life last Saturday 1st September saw a lovely turn out of man and beasties alike!

Digital U: Paul Dolan

Art Gene’s Digital U online exhibition space is pleased to announce the new online commission from artist Paul Dolan (UK) – Spruce Pines, North Carolina (2018)

Barra Night Life

An amazing family evening full of old-fashioned adventures and creatures!

The Big Field Study

We need you to help us survey what mini beasts live on our field!

Our Girl in the Paper

Meet the team! Meet Eve Mulholland our Landscape Engagement Coordinator from the Coastal Team                    

July Newsletter

Highlights of this months newsletter issue: MAILING LIST | ARTISTS’ RESIDENCY DEADLINES | MOUNTAINS & MOLEHILLS

Summer Events for your Diary

Find out here about Art Gene’s Landscape Working Party Summer Programme, 2018. With mini-beast hunts, bread-baking, winkles and dens – there’s fun and facts for everyone. All activities are free but booking is essential!

Feather Your Nest

Feather Your Nest Workshops: Find out about when we designed archetypal models of bird boxes to look like the three housing types found in Barrow, and invited locals to help build them.

Call for Artists – Digital U: Extreme Views

We are currently searching for 2 innovative digital artists to complete our 2018/19 online exhibition programme. Digital U : Extreme Views will examine the radical nature of artistic activities in digital space.

Student Placement Opportunity

We have a student placement opportunity over this Summer for two students aged 16-25 studying in Barrow-in-Furness. Click to find out more.

Wonderful News: Arts in Barrow – £1m vote of confidence

Arts Council England announce £1m for Barrow groups, including £440,000 for Art Gene  (2018 – 2022). “These organisations will be able to deliver great arts and cultural experiences for audiences and participants across the whole area” – Arts Council

£444K of Coastal Communities Fund for Barrow

The Islands and Bays of Barrow and Furness Coastal Team has been awarded £444K from the Coastal Communities Fund to begin to act on the aspirations of our team’s Economic Place Plan, written by Charlie MacKeith and Maddi Nicholson of Art Gene.  

Seldom Seen App – OUT NOW

There are 5 new ‘Seldom Seen Apps’. These are guided Walking Audio/Video Tours which explore small parts of the areas covered in the 5 Seldom Seen Maps, through historic photographs and video clips, featuring local people as your guides.

Seldom Seen Maps – Out Now!

Developed by Art Gene working closely with Morecambe Bay Partnership, together, these 5 maps span from the islands of Barrow to Cockerham; plotting the hidden assets of the spectacular Morecambe Bay area of Cumbria and Lancashire.