Above: Duddon Estuary Guided Walk, part of Art Gene’s Extreme Views programme, 2019, photo Anna Litchfield
In it Perks explores artist-led practices and “wonders whether these grassroots activities might be recognised as providing a positive model for addressing today’s challenges while avoiding predatory regeneration schemes”.
“Art Gene is really at the forefront of the type of art organisation essential for a more equitable and sustainable future. I’m ashamed to say I had not been familiar with the work of Art Gene before this year, and I was bowled over to learn about the organisation and discover their wealth of projects, experience and engagement.
I feel the contemporary visual art infrastructure in the UK is starting to pay close attention and develop alternative value systems around more than just commercial or topical interests.”
Above: Artist Kate Anderson’s Barrow Tarot, created whilst in residence with Art Gene, 2020, photo courtesy of the artist