November 2019-March 2020
Participatory Art and Studio Residency
Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
At the end of the year in 2019, I was awarded one of two artist residencies to work alongside the Art Gene team on their Extreme Views II programme, due to take place across Spring 2020. Due to the covid19 pandemic, this residency was cut short however there are plans for this work to return to Barrow in late Summer to Autumn 2021.
The residency looked to uncover some of the detail and everyday stories of Barrow-in-Furness, a playful enquiry into relationships and connections by local folk to the wider environment surrounding the town. Activities undertaken during my residency included a two day conversation work situated in Barrow Market, a series of pilot walks and workshops with a youth group based on Walney, and the development of the Barrow Tarot, an interactive card deck designed to prompt speculative conversations about Barrow’s possible futures.
Barrow Tarot is currently available as a digital archive here
A limited edition print copy will be made available later in the year (2021) as part of the Extreme Views programme.
During the residency, I also worked with local filmmaker Julian Marshall to explore the nature of community based artistic practice to which I am extremely grateful to Julian for all the time he put into documenting my intangible process.
Huge thanks to the wonderful team at Art Gene, and all those who spent some time with me over the course of the residency.