Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we adapt and ensure that our staff, auiences and volunteers are safe. We have developed the online elements of our programme, and will be responding to the changing guidance as we begin to programme new events. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news. If you have any questions please get in touch.



Ecological Workshops with Vincent Walsh


Above: Practical work at Allotment Soup with Vincent Walsh, photo Daryl Pugh

Join us at Art Gene’s long-term project Allotment Soup for a series of hands on expert-led workshops, with our Ecological Designer Vincent Walsh. These workshops will introduce you to a range of ecological interventions which will promote sustainability, build resilience and encourage biodiversity. These workshops have been supported by Oakmere Homes, read more about how Art Gene are working with Oakmere to encourage native wildlife and flora back to areas around Barrow here.



In response to the latest guidance from Barrow Borough Council to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled all Ecological Workshops with Vincent Walsh, and will be rescheduling in due course.

As a charity working with the community, it is vital that we do what we can to protect our staff, volunteers and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You are of course still able to use the Community Growing Space, using social distancing and COVID precautions.
Stay safe!


Next Workshop

Composting – Creating Feedback Loops 

As the Allotment Soup project develops, creating a dedicated compost area is an essential component to support sustainability and the circularity ambitions of the site. An efficient compost system enables the creation of a continuous feedback loop of organic matter created from waste products from on and off-site. The day will be spent installing the new system and preparing compostable materials. Throughout the workshop, you will learn about developing these feedback loops, and will have the opportunity to help build the new compost unit.

You will need: sturdy boots and outdoor clothing, food and drink (sorry Art Gene won’t be providing any refreshments during the COVID-19 pandemic), your gardening gloves.

All workshops are FREE to attend. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, NO DROP INS.

To help us comply with the latest COVID-19 regulations, it is essential that you book in for this workshop if you intend to come! The day will be split into two parts: AM session 10am – 1pm & PM session 1:30pm – 4pm. Please book in for the AM session, PM session, or both, by contacting us on or 01229 825085 if you’d like to join us.

On arrival you will be required to sign in and provide contact details for the Test and Trace system and use hand sanitiser. We will then split into socially distanced groups of no more than 6, and stay in those groups throughout the session. For this reason, we won’t be able to accept drop ins. We have adapted our workshops based on the latest guidance from government here.

Find us at Allotment Soup: the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, Mill Lane, Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 3XX (opposite the fire station), and on Google Maps.  We have COVID-19 precautions and risk assessments in place. If you have any questions about what we’re doing to keep the community safe please get in touch.


Future Workshops

All dates to be confirmed.

Pathways – Building Ecological Networks 

Edges – Diversity Popping

Swales – Creating Life

Forest Gardening – Mimicking Nature

Hugel Mound – Push Fertility


Join Allotment Soup


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


Get involved in our long term project 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 in a community growing space and resource at heart, open to all. Members can join to learn about growing, and contribute towards the aims of the project, with some taking on a small plot of their own. To enquire about getting involved or becoming a member of the Allotment Soup community contact or call 01229 825085. You can also join our community of growers on Facebook at

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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



View From Here


Above: View From Here, still, Rebecca Chesney, 2020


For the latest exhibition on our online exhibition space Digital U, artist Rebecca Chesney’s View From Here is a reflective video piece featuring 24 women and girls from 13 countries, speaking in 9 different languages, accompanied by the view through her own window onto a fading evening sky. The film collages stories, voices and languages into a sonnet of distinct perspectives through a shared experience, the global Covid-19 pandemic.

All recorded in April 2020, these brief soundbites in different languages reveal personal thoughts, observations and concerns. Love, loss and sadness, isolation and loneliness are all mentioned, alongside expressions of thankfulness and hope. VISIT VIEW FROM HERE. 

View From Here was commissioned by the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts in El Paso, USA as part of a virtual exhibition “El Balcón” curated in collaboration with Proyecto Changarrito and Azul Arena.