Gallery Exhibitions

“If These Walls Could Talk…” Walney Shelter Exhibition

“If These Walls Could Talk…” Walney Shelter Exhibition

Join us for the opening of our indoor exhibition ‘If These Walls Could Talk…’ on Thursday 23rd May, from 6.30-9.00pm. This exhibition marks the culmination of two mini heritage projects supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Westmorland and Furness Council. It is a celebration of the Walney Shelter and also presents a collection… View Details

Digital U

Digital U

Art Gene’s U-Hang Exhibition Programme is an opportunity for artists to experiment with new concepts, test theories or develop their practice in other new ways – giving a broad local audience the opportunity to experience visual art in surprising places. View Details

Tracing Shadows

Tracing Shadows

Tracing Shadows Art Gene is delighted to present newly commissioned work led by artist Patricia MacKinnon-Day, made in collaboration with poet Kim Moore & composer Nick Rogers. 22 January 2022 Tracing Shadows, dual screen projection at Art Gene, Patrica MacKinnon-Day   Tracing Shadows 22 January – 5 March 2022 An exhibition led by Patricia MacKinnon-Day… View Details

Extreme Views

Extreme Views

Extreme Views Exhibition brings together recent works created throughout Art Gene’s Extreme Views programme in collaboration with resident practitioners exploring discursive provocations in the landscape. View Details

Out of Place

Out of Place

Out of Place, 2008 Whilst in Xiamen, China on a curatorial visit with Zhuo Chen we first began to discuss ideas for an exhibition at Art Gene by Chinese artists. Our initial thoughts were inspired by the differences in our home towns, but we soon found similarities of concern shared with artists in Xiamen who were… View Details

Your Future Needs You

Your Future Needs You

Your Future Needs You, 2011 Your Future Needs You was at once an exhibition showcasing some of the artists, architects and others engaged in delivering live research at Art Gene and at a space set up to facilitate engagement events and consultation. It formed the backdrop for a range of tours, trips, talks and discussions… View Details

NW Open Prize 2005

NW Open Prize 2005

NW Open Prize 2005 In 2004 Art Gene decided to try and make our own contribution to a widely indentified need to showcase and raise the profile of artists across the North West of England and established the first NW Open Prize in 2005. Building on the success of this first Open Prize exhibition we… View Details

The First

The First

The First, 2001 The First, was a ground breaking leap of faith bringing contemporary art and a new contemporary art gallery to Barrow and its communities for the first time (see Art Gene Gallery page). It was the beginnings of testing Art Gene’s brokerage between the populations around Barrow-in-Furness and the role, or the then… View Details

International Enquirer

International Enquirer

International Enquirer, 2007 This exhibition celebrated artists who, in different ways, have decided to define their own path and create opportunities for themselves as well as for others – either other artists or wider and more diverse communities.  International Enquirer exhibition view with If Invention Did Not Exist God Would Be Necessary, by Stuart Bastik,… View Details

Welcome to Paradise

Welcome to Paradise

Welcome to Paradise The ‘new’ Art Gene Gallery is the culmination of over five years work to achieve a more functional and inspirational space through which we can share our research and engage our visitors. This inaugural exhibition was originally concieved to show new work which responded to and celebrated the new space created in… View Details

Art Gene Open Prize 2007

Art Gene Open Prize 2007

Art Gene Open Prize 2007 In 2004 we decided to try and make our own contribution to a widely identified need to showcase and raise the profile of artists across the North West of England and established the first NW Open Prize in 2005.     Top image: Art Gene Open Prize Exhibition, 2007 Art… View Details

Flying Project

Flying Project

Flying Project We first met Tamotsu Murakami in The Year of Japan (2001) whilst he was undertaking a twelve month research residency at Tate Modern, London. The Tokyo based sculptor, having seen our studios and gallery on a brief visit, agreed to returned to England to undertake a residency at Art Gene in 2002 and… View Details

When we Were Here

When we Were Here

When we Were Here When We Were Here is an exhibition of new and existing works by 6 (inter)national artists who were all artists in residence at Art Gene during 2005/6. Including Installation, Photography, Sculpture, and Video work, When We Were Here presents an insight into what can happen when artists spend time making work… View Details

ALUKU

ALUKU

ALUKU – Sayaka Akiyama (Japan) Sayaka was the second artist from Japan to come to Art Gene. Our Research Residency Programme began a year earlier with Tamotsu Murakami. Both artists’ residencies were coordinated by Nori Mitzuki who traveled to Art Gene towards the end of Sayaka’s residency and was able to attend the opening of her exhibition ALUKU in the Art Gene Gallery. Sayaka… View Details

Recalling Belvedere

Recalling Belvedere

Recalling Belvedere A belvedere is any structure built to take advantage of a view. There are many examples of this in Barrow but strangely the vast majority of the town tends to turn its back on the water and views of its islands Belvedere, by Colette Urban, 2004 Recalling Belvedere A Belvedere is any structure… View Details

Shift

Shift

Shift Shift an International touring exhibition of European Video Art, featuring new works by Sigrid Coggins (France), McCormack and Gent (UK), Alli Maria Savolainen (Finland) and Alexander Steig (Germany). Shift was developed in partnership with Imagepassages: Annecy, France, FORO ARTISTICO: Hannover, Germany and Av-Arkki: Helsinki, Finland and toured to the four partner countries. Top image:… View Details

It’s not as rough as it used to be….

It’s not as rough as it used to be….

It’s not as rough as it used to be…. Like Art Gene, UHC is interested in exploring the social, natural and built environment and in particular the social effects of regeneration in the North West. We have distinctly different approaches to this work however – where Art Gene has worked closely with local regeneration bodies,… View Details

STUFF

STUFF

STUFF presents recent Art Gene projects, reflecting on research around the social, natural & built environment, uncovering hidden and ‘Seldom Seen’ assets of the Morecambe Bay area. Places are never one thing….. STUFF presents recent Art Gene projects, reflecting on research around the social, natural & built environment, uncovering hidden and ‘Seldom Seen’ assets of the Morecambe… View Details

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