In this shifting world, communities return to the land, seek refuge in the environment and sustenance in nature, and Art Gene takes up residence on their outside project space, Allotment Soup.
Extreme Views – Food, futures & biodiversity will create an engaged art and environmental experience in the landscape.
Residency period: 1 – 14th November 2021
Artists are invited to Barrow-in-Furness for an intensive, collaborative 2 week residency to develop an ‘exhibition in the outdoors’, engaging with locals, creating interventions, provocations, and working with and around challenging issues for these extreme times.
In the final weekend the artists as guides will welcome the local community, to share the experience and add to the conversation, in a programme of open free events. Please see how we plan to make these events COVID safe below.
The 2 week residency coincides with COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference hosted in Glasgow. They hope artists will respond to this occasion, to investigate how artists can engage with, and affect meaningful and urgent change in how we use and relate to our climate.
The residency will extend Art Gene’s current programme Extreme Views, to explore the pressing issues impacting on local people, place and biodiversity as we step out into the new normal.
As Lead Artist in Residence, Owen Griffiths, alongside Art Gene’s Artist/Directors Maddi Nicholson & Stuart Bastik, will support the 3 Artists in Residence throughout. Owen has been Extreme Views Artist in Residence with Art Gene since 2019, creating the online Extreme Views: Armchair Walks, and digital green space mapping.
Read Owen’s full artist brief, and find full details, on their website: https://www.art-gene.co.uk/news/open-call-food-futures-bio
Closing date: 5pm, 20th September 2021