Top image, view of the Seldom Seen group exhibition group exhibition, Art Gene Studios, 2013

About Seldom Seen™

Seldom Seen™: Mapping Morecambe Bay, is Art Gene’s artist-led research programme, celebrating the rich social, natural and industrial heritage of Morecambe Bay. Our project began with the hidden stories of Piel Island and the islands of Barrow: their rich maritime, military and industrial history, mythologies, traditions rare habitats and wildlife. It developed in partnership with Morecambe Bay Partnership to extensively explore and record the Morecambe Bay area: culminating in the production of a series of artworks revealing the unusual and hidden assets of the Bay.

With digital developers PAN Studio we have produced an edition of interactive apps for mobile phones and tablets to explore 5 different sites across the Bay.

Learn more about the app here. 

Download them for free below

Apple App Store
Google Play Store
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Out Now: Maps

Art Gene co-founder Stuart Bastik has produced an edition of 5 artist maps. Published late 2016, the Morecambe Bay Seldom Seen™ Series of Maps plots the hidden assets of Morecambe Bay between the islands of Barrow and Cockerham.

Follow this link to find out more about the maps.

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The Morecambe Bay Seldom Seen™ Series of Maps
Morecambe Bay Seldom Seen™ Series of Maps (detail)
Pan studio interviewing Margaret Owen, fisherwoman for the Morecambe Bay Seldom Seen™ Apps

The development of both apps and maps are a the result of extensive in-depth consultation by the Art Gene team, led by Maddi Nicholson, and have relied on the generous support of a variety of local experts and members of the Morecambe Bay community, and the invaluable support from partner organisations: Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Arnside & Silverdale AONB, Natural England, RSPB, The National Trust and Morecambe Bay Partnership.

Follow this link to find out more about the consultation and training events which took place across the region in order to identify sites of significance, learn the histories of importance and gather the stories which ultimately give the artworks depth, mean and purpose.

The Seldom Seen™ project first came to life as a group exhibition in the Art Gene studios in 2013, and as The People’s Museum, a permanent installation in the Ship Inn on the truly remarkable Piel Island.

Follow this link to find out more about the Seldom Seen™ exhibitions.


Seldom Seen™ is an unregistered trademark of Art Gene.

© Stuart Bastik & Art Gene. Published by Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom 2016.

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Testing the App on site
Team meeting discussing an early trial version of the app format
Public guided walk event gathering information to include on the Seldom Seen maps


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Art Gene’s Dr. Nick Owen MBE talking to walkers on a Seldom Seen guided walk