Above: Real Barrow, artwork Maddi Nicholson


Low Carbon Barrow: No more hot air

Climate change, biodiversity and sustainability have been a focus of Art Gene’s work for a number of years.

The outcomes of 2019’s Extreme Views – Think Tank brought clarity to the focus of climate issues. Now, Art Gene in partnership with Barrow Borough Council has successfully brought £1.75M through the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and European Regional Development Fund to the borough, to deliver a 2 year programme of low carbon initiatives and events for the town.


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The 2 year programme will engage communities in climate issues and inspire low carbon lifestyles through a series of Extreme Views: Low Carbon Barrow climate engagement events, fabricate ‘Bug-Out’ an artists designed, touring demonstration vehicle, and deliver a programme of Low Carbon Barrow grants to businesses within the borough.

The work is extended and supported with a 5 year Cumbria Action for Sustainability – Zero Carbon Cumbria Programme, a county wide carbon reduction initiative of nearly 70 partners throughout Cumbria.


Low Carbon Barrow Grants

Are you a small to medium sized business, charity or community group based in the borough of Barrow-in-Furness? Want to improve your energy efficiency or interested in renewable energy? New Low Carbon Barrow grants could help you take action for the climate.

Low Carbon Barrow grants is a European-funded support programme to help small to medium businesses, charities and constituted community groups improve their energy efficiency and environmental performance. If you’re a local business or community group doing capital works to reduce your carbon emissions, you could be eligible.

Grants of up to £10k are available to help businesses across Barrow-in-Furness to reduce carbon emissions, and do their bit towards a Zero Carbon Cumbria. FIND OUT MORE & EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST. 


Emblem Extreme Views and Bug Out

Low Carbon Barrow will deliver climate engagement events over 2 years as well as fabricating an artists designed, touring Islands ‘Bug-Out’ low carbon demonstration vehicle to engage communities in climate issues.

The contract for Bug-Out fabrication is now closed. You can still view the BUG-OUT DESIGN BRIEF & CONCEPT DESIGNS here.


Above: Detail, concept design drawings for Low Carbon Barrow Bug-Out, copyright Art Gene, Stuart Bastik & Maddi Nicholson



What’s next with Low Carbon Barrow?

Alongside the Bug Out and engagement work, Art Gene is offering Low Carbon Barrow small grants from November 2021 to help businesses cut their carbon emissions. The rest of the programme will be delivered by Barrow Borough Council over the coming two years.

Emblem Barrow Town Hall


Emblem Electric Vehicle charging points

Emblem Public Housing Retrofitting

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Above:  REAL BARROW; No more hot air, artwork by Maddi Nicholson