Find out about Low Carbon Barrow Grants

Low Carbon Barrow Grants is a European-funded support programme to help small- and medium-sized businesses, charities and constituted community groups improve their energy efficiency and environmental performance. Find out more…

Work with us – Community Gardener

We are looking for an engaging individual with a real enthusiasm for and a knowledge of growing and an ability to share this passion with the Allotment Soup Community. Find out more….

Open Call – Food, futures & biodiversity

We’re excited to announce a new artist in residence opportunity. Artists are invited to create new artwork responding to food, futures & biodiversity, over a 2 week residency with Art Gene in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Closing 5pm 20th September 2021.

Barrow goes to Penrith!

Barrow’s lockdown artwork is celebrated in an exhibition of Cumbrian creativity.

Rediscover Barrow’s Duke Street

Join us as we explore Barrow’s Duke Street, an important historical area, to uncover the businesses which traded on the street, and the people who lived and worked here throughout the years. The online event will premiere a new short film, with special guests. 

Art Gene’s Spring 2021 Programme

Art Gene is pleased to announce an exciting online programme for Spring 2021, with a series of online exhibitions, expert led workshops and international speakers.

8 Words for Barrow-in-Furness Exhibition

During lockdown, we asked for your ‘8 Words for Barrow-in-Furness’. Now we present 20 of our favourites in a socially distanced outdoor exhibition, outside the Art Gene building in Barrow-in-Furness.

Restorative Futures

Sarah Perks’ article in September’s Art Monthly explores artist-led practices, featuring Art Gene’s Extreme Views programme and Katie Anderson’s Barrow Tarot.

Creating positive experiences in Barrow

This August Art Gene joined local creatives to provide positive experiences for families and young people in Barrow with Art & Environment workshops at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space.

Art Gene and Oakmere unite to re-wild

We’re excited to announce a new project with Oakmere Homes that will encourage native wildlife and flora back to areas around Barrow, through environmental workshops that will create thriving living environments for the community.

Art & Environment Workshops this Summer

Join artist Maddi Nicholson and Naturalist Pete Burton for family workshops at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space this August, and become an eco warrior!  

Hugel Mound Workshop

Welcome back to Allotment Soup, for our first public workshop since lockdown with Ecological Designer Vincent Walsh to create a Hugel Mound, a raised bed which will help to create a highly fertile soil and provide more sustainable growing space at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space.

Extreme Views – Armchair Walks

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, hosted by Extreme Views Artist in Residence Owen Griffiths.

8 Words for Barrow-in-Furness Competition

Art Gene is asking you to provide 8 words for Barrow – activating a virtual conversation amongst local people reflecting our current challenges, frustrations and hopes for the future.

Allotment Soup’s Spring

Allotment Soup Springs as community gardeners at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space have been keeping busy during their daily exercise.

Allotment Soup & COVID-19

To protect our volunteers, staff and the most vulnerable, please adhere to these changes to the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Extreme Times’, Art Gene’s COVID-19 Response

These are ‘Extreme Times’.  We all have a part to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19. In order to protect our audiences, staff and the most vulnerable, we are postponing all our public events until further notice.

BOOM Grows in Barrow

Art Gene are delighted to announce a new community growing partnership as part of the University of Cumbria’s ‘Back on Our Map’ (BOOM) project.

Hannah’s ‘Last Supper’ and the Allotment Soup Zine

On Saturday 7th December, a three course meal served in the poly tunnel at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space marked artist Hannah Brackston last visit for the year, and the completion of the Allotment Soup Zine.

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.