Arts projects and Residencies
for schools and communities
in South Cumbria.
The Artspace project introduces professional artists with specialist skills to Barrow and South Cumbrian schools and the wider community. We establish sustainable creative partnerships, providing time and resources to devise and deliver innovative projects that combine traditional art skills with digital media, performance and research.
Drawing on local landscape, history and heritage, we aim to stretch the children's notions of arts practIce, and to equip the youngest children with a creative vocabulary in order to engage imaginatively with their environment.
On this site is a full record of our work from our first residency programme in 2013-14 to the present, along with a link to the Co Mmotion project which involves some ground-breaking work with Barrow and Burnley ASD groups. You will also find a link to our 2018 Heritage Lottery Fund Project , Around The Bandstand. This project furthered our reach into our community and its social history and includes Oral History recordings, archive video, concert recordings and archive photographs.
Alongside, we have established a relationship with Valley Primary in Corkickle, and plan to return to Bram Longstaff Nursery later this year to work on the design of thier Communal garden project.
Since 2017 we have begun to explore aspects of signiicant sites and thier role in our perception of place and history. Working from a base at the Sir John Barrow Cottage we have establishd partnerships with our local authority, Ulverston Coronation Hall and Green Lane Archaeaology. "SJB3 Manners and Amusements" was the first body of work and events to result, followed by "Storyfair' with the Sir John Barrow School and
Furness Traditions Festival.
Our 2019-20 project "Soft Drive" is about to begin.