About our Services

Art Gene is known, internationally, for offering a unique package of high quality art, architecture and design services which interpret and re-frame the regeneration of the social, natural and built environment.

We prefer to work in partnership with our clients from the very initial stages of a project.

We have developed an approach that begins in detailed consultation with local people and stakeholders to gain a deep understanding of the uniqueness, opportunities and potentials of a community, site, town or geographical area. Throughout, we work with our clients and their communities, originating and consolidating new projects that uncover unrealised benefits, aspirations and hidden connections between the often-diverse qualities of a site.

For each project we select a different hand-picked design team from our extensive and multi-skilled associates. (Teams are typically headed by a lead artist or architect who acts as the first point of contact for our clients and coordinates the work of the team). When needed, we bring in specialists with local knowledge or others including sustainability specialists, historians, archeologists or engineers.

Out of this rich process we develop concept designs inspired by the distinctiveness of places and the people that live in them. Essentially, we ‘give form to need.’

All our work stimulates sustainable, self-sufficient, locally distinctive economies and cultures which re-frame regeneration and support economic diversification through designing appropriately scaled infrastructure that increases the quality of life through the engagement and mobilisation of individuals and communities.

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“The initial dig-phase of the Fort Walney Uncovered project at North Walney National Nature Reserve has now been completed, and it has been a resounding success. Bringing together such a diverse team of organisations is difficult at the best of times but getting organisations whose interests are as diverse as; art, nature conservation, national security, access and archaeology together with the isolation of the site only added to the difficulty.

The success of the project so far has been down to a number of key aspects:

  • Good, inclusive, overall co-ordination by Art Gene staff;
  • An appropriate, long lead-in time for planning (particularly important for nature conservation issues where seasonal aspects are unappreciated or simply ignored);
  • Installation of an experienced, patient and positive minded Project Manager;
  • Employment of an engaging and experienced archaeological team;
  • Active and positive advice/support from; BAE – land owners (particularly airfield staff), Natural England – NNR Managers and engagement adviser, members of the local community, representatives from the armed forces, local historians, local media (particularly good NW Evening Mail reporting) and local radio;
  • Initial financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund; and,
  • Art Gene keeping the troops well fed and watered!”

Steve Benn, Natural England Project Officer, 2015