Place Rediscover Barrow Exhibition Opening, Photo Rachael Barker                            


Place – Re:discover Barrow marks the culmination of the Re:discover Barrow – Lost Shops cultural programme (2019-2024), bringing together works produced during the programme into a formal gallery space. Using film, sound, visual arts and performance to capture the histories and memories of Duke Street and Cornwallis Street, the works are by a range of artists and fellow Barrow arts organisations, Full of Noises, Signal Film & Media, Theatre Factory, with some objects loaned by the Dock Museum.

The town’s history and the collective experiences of individuals who have lived and worked in Barrow are presented through an artistic lens. The show presents an opportunity to reflect on the different ways of mapping and narrating that can be used to present the stories of Barrow. Viewing the works we might consider:

Who maps the history of a place?

Who validates the history and stories of a place?

What are the untold stories?

What is our story?

Featured artists: Artfly (Chris and Jenny Dennett), Colin Aldred, Enid Milligan, John Hall,  Kate Davis, Maddi Nicholson, Matthew Culley, Sarah Hardacre

Click here to read more about the works on show.

Kindly funded by UK Government, Historic England, Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund with support from Westmorland and Furness Council.

Exhibition opening times:

Saturday 10th February – Friday 23rd February, 11am – 4pm, closed Sundays.

Open by appointment: Monday 26th February – Friday 19th April 2024.


Art Gene Gallery, Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5TY.

To book a viewing or a tour with a schools or community group contact Rachael:  01229 825085

About the Re:discover Barrow – Lost Shops cultural programme (2019-2024)

Duke Street and Cornwallis Street in Barrow-in-Furness make up one of 60 High Street Heritage Action Zones designated by Historic England across the country. In 2019, Barrow Borough Council (since April 2023, Westmorland and Furness Council) secured £1.1m government funding through Historic England for the Re:discover Barrow project, which aimed to revitalise the heritage, retail and cultural offer for the town.

As part of this, a cultural programme led by Art Gene, working alongside fellow arts organisations Full of Noises, Signal Film & Media and Theatre Factory, and in partnership with Westmorland and Furness Council and Barrow Archives Centre, engaged local communities to hear their experiences of Duke Street and Cornwallis Street. Over four years, Re:discover Barrow – Lost Shops produced artistic responses to those stories, with select works featured in the exhibition. Exhibition launch of Place at the Nan Tait Centre. Opened by Mayor of Barrow, Chris Altree with speeches by Cllr Viriginia Taylor, Rory Wood and Art Gene’s Lost Shops resident artist, Sarah Hardacre.



Place Rediscover Barrow Exhibition Opening, Photo Rachael Barker                             

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