Barrow is rated the #I borough in England* for the number and quality of its natural heritage assets. Yet the urban core is ranked fifth nationally for health deprivation and disability. (*RSA Index)

Barrow produces the nation’s continuous at-sea deterrence, faces for the world’s largest offshore wind farm and has the highest percentage of skilled workforce in the north. Yet it has the second largest collection of highly deprived neighbourhoods in England and there are what seem to be intractable challenges for our housing stock.


Barrow ‘is a place that few outside the defence, wind power or extractive gas industries are likely to visit. If anyone knows anything about Barrow it’s that it was … judged by the Office for National Statistics to be the most miserable place in Britain… A place that was once dubbed England’s Chicago because its economy was growing so fast is now synonymous with heroin’.

[Guardian 28/4/2018]


Art Gene’s Extreme Views is a conflict resolver: examining opposing, visual, perceptual, physical, societal and political extreme views. Delivering artworks, from digital apps to artist’s sheds, portable sculpture to Extreme Viewing exhibitions.

The work builds on Art Gene’s strategic vision for the Northwest, but has a wider national resonance and relevance, which will be addressed by disseminating our strategies and methodologies through web based reporting and streamed events.


Together lets turn the tide!  Celebrate our amazing town!


Extreme Views supports artist, engages communities in place-making in some of the most deprived areas of the country, effecting change for coastal communities.  Over subsequent years, Art Gene’s Extreme Views project will develop and evolve.




Get On Your Soapbox!


An opportunity to express your views in places of untold potential!

Explore the natural and industrial spaces around Askam ‘Pier’, Barrow’s Cavendish Dock and at North Scale, Walney Island on short guided walks with local speakers.  Discuss the important features of these sites and their potential futures.

On arrival at the Extreme Views event everyone can share their views, eat free hot homemade food, view the artworks, share ideas and memories, identify the challenges and propose solutions.  Everyone is welcome!

You will be invited to speak for 60 seconds from the Extreme Views soapbox tower (and contribute written anonymously) about your feelings and vision for the future of our area.


All events are FREE.  Booking is essential.

Walks (optional) begin at 11am.  Event 12pm – 3pm.

Barrow Extreme Views Day – Sunday 10th February 2019 

Askam Extreme Views Day – Sunday 24th February 2019 

Walney Island Extreme Views Day – Sunday 17th March 2019 

Extreme Views Exhibition Preview Thursday 4th April 7.30pm

Exhibition continues Tuesday 9th – 14th, 11am – 4pm.  FREE ENTRY.


Extreme Views Think Tank Conference* Thursday 4th – 7th April 2019 


*By application only. Download the PDF here or please contact Ellie below to find out more.

Email Ellie for further information regarding the events:

Download the Extreme Views 2019 flyer.




Landscape Working Party

Habitat to Habitation


The Islands and Bays of Barrow-in-Furness Coastal Team


As the Extreme Views programme develops please return to this page to see what you can be involved with, and how you can experience our amazing local landscape.

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If you would like to GET ON YOUR SOAPBOX now go to our Facebook Group for Extreme Views here and use the hashtag #ExtremeViewsArtGene.

or go to our Twitter page here and use the hashtag #ExtremeViewsArtGene.