Art Gene’s Programme 2021

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Food, Futures & Biodiversity – Artworks, talks & tours in the outdoors


Poster artwork by Sam Ayre

Saturday 13th November 2021 – 1 – 8pm

Art Gene and artists in residence welcome you to Allotment Soup for a climate focussed event – Food, Futures & Biodiversity. 

At Allotment Soup: the Isle of Walney Community Growing SpaceMill Lane, Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 3XX

All welcome, for all ages, FREE.

RSVP by Friday 12th November to Anna at events [at] or 07564 783 522

From 1pm: Allotment soup – artwork – climate talks – cooking demos – climate therapy – coffee – cake – conversation – and more…

From 6pm: Hot food – talks – bonfire… 


This event is OUTDOORS, so please DRESS FOR THE WEATHER with warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy shoes. 

Bring a TORCH for the evening, and you might like to bring a blanket too. 

Please BRING YOUR OWN CUP, and mug, bowl, plate and cutlery to reduce waste from this event. 

Parking is limited, so please think about TRAVELLING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT or WALKING if you can! 

The site is partially accessible. For any questions get in touch with Anna on events[at] or 07564 783 522.


Re:discover Barrow – An Armchair Walk



How do Sir Malcolm Campbell, the Dutch Masters and The Furness Toilet Club all come to be on Barrow’s Duke Street?

Watch online now! 

Join us as we explore Barrow’s Duke Street, Barrow’s designated High Streets Heritage Action Zone, to uncover the businesses which traded on the street, and the people who lived and worked here throughout the years. This new film short film features drone footage, historical imagery and local memories voiced by the people of Barrow. WATCH NOW



Armchair Walks 2

Reading Landscape


Armchair Walks 2 – Reading Landscape, artwork by Owen Griffiths using pigment sourced from Barrow-in-Furness

May – June 2021

Continuing 2020’s programme of online walks and talks set within the ‘extreme’ landscape of Barrow-in-Furness, this second season will explore methods and processes of working in and with landscape with some amazing contributors. 

Join Artist in Residence Owen Griffiths and invited guest speakers from the fields of architecture, activism and art, as we further explore landscapes in flux, from the civic to the post-industrial, and how together we can understand and protect our green spaces.

We hope you will join us for all three chapters, drawing on the insights shared through presentations to build a working group for Barrow-in-Furness, imagining how we can move forward with care, paying attention to and protecting local habitats, knowledge and resources. WATCH ARMCHAIR WALKS ONLINE.



On food, futures & biodiversity 


Digital Notes: reminders, observations, a method, process, tool, practice, a starting point ...

Digital Notes, Sophie Lindsey

April – May 2021

Digital Artist-Curator Sophie Lindsey presents the latest series for Art Gene’s online exhibition space, Digital U. 

Digital Notesexplores themes of food, futures and biodiversity, ​while looking at note making as a method, practice, and process, a starting point to plan and collect knowledge before taking action.

Sophie’s playful ethos will explore how we relate both digitally and physically to online spaces, and to consider how we create remote, meaningful connections through digital platforms.

Through a series of webpages, live events and interventions, ​Digital Notes ​will share work/research from: ​Sebastián Calfuqueo,​​ Amanda Gatti ​ & Gustiele FistarólJames Scott,​ and ​Ashley Yuqi Zhang​ & H​ua Zhang, ​along with notes from your curator, Sophie Lindsey. VISIT EXHIBITION


Allotment Soup: the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space


Above: Bringing in the harvest at Allotment Soup, 2019, photo Maddi Nicholson

Want to grow on Walney?

Get involved in Allotment Soup, the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, promoting food growing, biodiversity and building resilience and sustainable communities for the future. The Allotment Soup project is a community growing space and resource at heart, open to all. Members can join to learn about growing and contribute towards the future focussed aims of the project, with some taking on a small plot of their own.

Field Work Days

Our Field Work Days (usually Friday afternoons 1 – 4pm) are a great place to start. Join us to help out with seasonal gardening tasks, and get involved in species restoration projects with University of Cumbria’s Back On Our Map, and Natural England.

To enquire about getting involved in events or becoming a member of the Allotment Soup community contact or call 01229 825085 or 07564 783 522. You can also join our community of growers on Facebook at



Barrow Tarot


Above: Barrow Tarot by Katie Anderson, image courtesy of the artist

Through her time as Extreme Views Artist in Residence, Katie Anderson has created the Barrow Tarot,  a creative tool to help guide conversations and aid discussion about the future of Barrow-in-Furness. The set of 78 hand-drawn cards are designed to be a playful reference, drawing inspiration from the everyday, the familiar, the hidden and the forgotten in and around Barrow-in-Furness, as experienced by a newcomer to the town, from the meat and potato pie and the rare natterjack toad, to Furness Ironworks and Walney’s female Principle Lighthouse Keeper Peggy Braithwaite.

Inspired by the tradition of Tarot reading, Katie’s deck replaces the 4 suits with Community, Industry, Environment and Culture. Through lockdown, Barrow Tarot has been developed into a digital deck, to be used to explore the future of Barrow-in-Furness. PLAY NOW



As a charity working with the community, it is vital that we do everything we can to protect our staff, volunteers and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, and adhere to all government guidance. You are welcome to join us at events, ensuring that you follow the steps below, and follow all safety precautions whilst on site.

We have developed the online elements of our programme, and will be responding to the latest government guidance as we begin to programme new events.

  • It is essential that you book or call ahead to let us know you’re coming (see BOOK or CALL AHEAD for each event). We will let you know whether it is safe to come.  BOOK:   /  CALL AHEAD: 07564 783522
  • Wherever possible, events will be held outdoors, or in a well ventilated space.
  • You will be required to sign in and sanitise your hands upon entering and leaving the site.
  • 2m social distancing will be maintained throughout.
  • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds, using soap and warm water.
  • Wear face coverings when indoors.