Arts projects and Residencies

for schools and communities

in South Cumbria.



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Artists: Karen Whatley, Ellie Chaney, John Hall.

Artist / Outdoor project co-ordinator: Amy Boud


OVERGROUND was a12 month programme of arts activities involving 5 schools in Barrow In Furness and South Cumbria and 4 professional artists, introducing schoolchildren to the work of Kurt Schwitters and to assemblage, sound arts and site-specific outdoor arts practice.


The practical research element included visits to the Schwitters Merzbarn in rural Cumbria, creative examinations and interpretations of locale and cross disciplinary arts workshops with sound artists, outdoor education specialists, designer/makers / puppeteers and textile artists . The project produced sound poetry, collage and assemblage,  construction and textile pieces and culminated in a real-world design brief for a mixed media art installation within the wild garden of Bram Longstaffe Nursery school in Barrow.



Our project blog, detailing all aspects of the project is here, followed by a link to our video of the final installation. IMG_0491 IMG_0388 IMG_0497 IMG_0492