from Art Gene


Explore the natural & industrial spaces around Askam ‘Pier’, Barrow’s Cavendish Dock & at North Scale, Walney Island on short guided walks with local expert speakers. Discuss the important features of these sites & their potential futures. (Walk optional).

On arrival at the event everyone can share their views, eat free hot homecooked food, view artworks, share ideas & memories, identify the challenges & propose solutions. Everyone is welcome!

You will be invited to speak for 60 seconds from the Extreme Views soapbox tower (and contribute written views anonymously) about your feelings & vision for the future of our area.



Extreme Views Day, Barrow – Sunday 10th Feb 2019: Walk (optional) 11-12 pm. Event 12-3pm, Cavendish Dock, meet at Cavendish Dock Car Park, Cavendish Dock Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 2XA.

Extreme Views Day, Askam – Sunday 24th Feb 2019: Walk (optional) 11-12 pm. Event 12-3pm, Askam Pier, meet at Askam ‘Pier’, near Victoria Street, Askam-in-Furness, LA16 7BX.

Extreme Views Day, Walney Island – Sunday 17th Mar 2019: Walk (optional) 11-12pm. Event 12-3pm, Walney, meet at North Scale Car Park, Teesdale Road, Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 3SE.

Extreme Views Exhibition preview – Thursday 4th Apr 2019: 5:30pm – 8.30pm – Art Gene, Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG. Exhibition continues Tuesday 9th – 14th 11am – 5pm. FREE ENTRY.

Think Tank Conference – Thursday 4th – 7th April 2019: (by application only)
Sign up to our e-flyer for further information: or contact Ellie below.

Extreme Views exhibition goes to Boones Chapel, London 2019. Dates to be confirmed.

Booking essential: call Ellie 01229 825085 or email
Please dress for ‘extreme’ weather conditions. Dates may change at short notice due to adverse weather.

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Art Gene and Barrow’s Coastal Community Team invite applications to join us for the Extreme Views Think Tank, three days of discussion and networking focussed on re-visioning social regeneration based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Barrow ‘is a place that few outside the defence, wind power or extractive gas industries are likely to visit. If anyone knows anything about Barrow it’s that it was … judged by the Office for National Statistics to be the most miserable place in Britain… A place that was once dubbed England’s Chicago because its economy was growing so fast is now synonymous with heroin’.
[Guardian 28/4/2018]

Barrow is rated the #1 borough in England for the number and quality of its natural heritage assets. Yet the urban core is ranked fifth nationally for health deprivation and disability.

Barrow produces the nation’s continuous at-sea deterrence, faces for the world’s largest off-shore windfarm and has the highest percentage of skilled workforce in the north. Yet it has the second largest collection of highly deprived neighbourhoods in England and there are what seem to be intractable challenges for our housing stock.
We are looking for 40 diverse delegates, from local people to specialists in their fields, to participate in dynamic conversations about the future of this place. Taking the lead from keynote speakers it will be an invaluable opportunity to contribute to real futures-focused planning. Contributors will be keen to participate in honest and open dialogue about the potential futures for the borough. Our place of extremes can provide a framework for place-making and inquiry working with local people to generate ideas that can be applied to towns and cities everywhere.

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