On 16 September 2023, Art Gene welcomes you to Allotment Soup for a REAL Barrow Exhibition and Open Day. REAL Barrow is a our new three-year programme, supported by Arts Council England.

Our new REAL Barrow artist in residence, Samantha Jones, will share her work and experience, engaging local people in a conversation about art and nature and how we can create change together.

Our free event will feature artworks and activities based around fungi and will be the culmination of Samantha’s six-week residency in Barrow. Look out for other workshops and events featuring Samantha’s work.

To book your place please email rachael.barker@art-gene.co.uk or click the Eventbrite link below.

Timetable of events for the 16th September – running times are approximate at this stage.


Starts at 12pm

12.30pm – 1pm           Free Homemade Allotment Soup

1pm – 1.30pm             Artist in Residence Sam Jones presents Funghi Residency Artworks

1-30pm – 2.30pm        Allotment Soup Mocktails with Kate Davies

2.30pm – 6pm             Clinton Rimmer birdbox making workshops (throughout the day)

2-30pm – 3.30pm        Artist Dana Olarescu, Learning from salt marshes workshop

3.30pm – 4.30pm        Apple pressing 

4.30pm – 5pm             Natural England’s Maggie Robinson talk

5pm – 6pm                  Allotment tour and talk 

5pm – 6.30pm            Allotment Soup Amy Stretch Parker – Balm making workshop 

6.30pm – 7.30pm        Free Allotment Soup evening supper

7.30 – 8pm                  Bonfire

8pm – 8.30pm             Artist Nick Jordan’s Mycellium artworks presentation and short film

9pm                            Event finishes



This event is part of our commitment to environmentally sound, low carbon working, and to the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership.

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