In order to protect our audiences, staff and the most vulnerable, we postponed all public events during the COVID-19 lockdown. These have included all Back On Our Map and Extreme Views project events, as well as communal work days on the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space.

We have developed the online elements of our programme, and will be responding to the changing guidance as we begin to programme new events. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.


Extreme Views – Armchair Walks

Barrow Park to Lesh Lane


From left: Barrow Park, image courtesy of Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre; nature on the Green Corridor; Lesh Lane residential green space, photos Anna Litchfield


Chapter 1 – Barrow Park – Wednesday 29 July 5:30 – 6:30pm

Chapter 2 – Green Corridor – Wednesday 5 August 5:30 – 6:30pm

Chapter 3 – Lesh Lane – Wednesday 12 August 5:30 – 6:30pm


You are invited to join architects, artists, naturalists, and landscape designers on a tour through Barrow-in-Furness, from the comfort of your own home.

Extreme Views Artist in Residence, Owen Griffiths, will host three Extreme Views Armchair Walks. In development since before lockdown, this postponed event is now taking place online in three distinct chapters.

The route will take a tour from the manicured landscape of Barrow Park, through a Green Corridor on the site of the Old Grammar School, leading to an unused suburban green space at Lesh Lane. Each event will be a Zoom online video dialogue, featuring film and images of the route with narration by expert speakers, followed by time for questions or discussion towards the end. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE 


Hugel Mound Workshop


A Hugel Mound, or hügelkultur, image courtesy of

Saturday 1 August, 10am – 4pm

Allotment Soup: the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, Mill Lane, Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 3XX (opposite the fire station)

Welcome back to Allotment Soup, for our first public workshop since lockdown with Ecological Designer Vincent Walsh to create a Hugel Mound. This is a great way to create a highly fertile soil, retain moisture, sequester carbon, aerate the soil, supply nutrients over the years and provide more sustainable growing space. This will be a hands on workshop as we create the layers of compostable materials to make the Hugel Mound.

RSVP essential Find full workshop details and for COVID-19 information about the event HERE.


Barrow Tarot


Barrow Tarot by Katie Anderson, image courtesy of the artist


Through her time in residence Katie Anderson has created the Barrow Tarot,  a creative tool to help guide conversations and aid discussion about the future of Barrow-in-Furness. The set of 78 hand-drawn cards are designed to be a playful reference, drawing inspiration from the everyday, the familiar, the hidden and the forgotten in and around Barrow-in-Furness, as experienced by a newcomer to the town, from the meat and potato pie and the rare natterjack toad, to Furness Ironworks and Walney’s female Principle Lighthouse Keeper Peggy Braithwaite.

Inspired by the tradition of Tarot reading, Katie’s deck replaces the 4 suits with Community, Industry, Environment and Culture. Through lockdown, Barrow Tarot has been developed into a digital deck, to be used to explore the future of Barrow-in-Furness. PLAY NOW