Arts projects and Residencies
for schools and communities in South Cumbria.


The Artspace project is based at Bram Longstaffe Nursery on Barrow Island. We introduce 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. 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, and you'll also find a link to the Co Mmotion project which involves a number of our artists in some ground-breaking work with Barrow and Burnley ASD groups.

Our 2014-5 project OVERGROUND explored the life and work of Kurt Schwitters. 3 Barrow schools worked with Artists Amy Boud, Ellie Chaney and Karen Whatley, and made some wonderful work in the open air in Barrow and the Langdale Valley. Read the history of the project in the blog above.
In 2016 we worked with 3 Ulverston schools and 5 local artists in partnership with the Ulverston Coronation Hall and Ulverston Scrap Store. Click the link to the GREEN ROOM blog for images and stories from artists Alex Blackmore, Pete Dent, Fran Riley and Lex Blakeway and from every stage of our most wide-ranging project to date, including evaluation comments from artists, participants and audiences.

We are currently planning our next project...we've been talking to schools, our local Council, and friends in Archaeology and our local Heritage this space..

John Hall, Artist / Project Manager.

John Hall
Project Manager


Left: Felter Lex Blakeway
at Ulverston Coronation Hall
during Green Room, 2016.


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