About the Organisers

After working with hundreds of local people and specialists in recent years Artgene's bespoke hides reflect the ship building heritage of Barrow. Influence has also been taken from Niko Tinbergen who undertook research on the reserve from 1969 with the then massive gull colony which contributed to him winning a Nobel Prize and Peggy Braithwaite and who kept the nearby Walney Lighthouse and was Britain’s only female Principal Lighthouse Keeper.

One of the two new hides is primarily an educational facility overlooking a pond near the entrance to the reserve - the other, sited beside the growing seal colony haul-out (230+ animals in 2016) reflects the Trust’s increasing focus on Marine wildlife at South Walney and the enjoyment of the site's spectacular views of Piel Castle, 1327, across the water on Piel Island and the expansive Morecambe Bay. 

The hide structures are now complete and Art Gene are currently working on the interior fit-out and interpretation materials.

DISABLED ACCESS: A 'Tramper', off road wheelchair can be booked through Cumcria Wildlife Trust. Contact them to book. Contact Cumbria Wildlife Trust (http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/contact-us) for opening times

Cumbria's Artgene are a leading exemplar of culture and art relating to place with a long history of producing outstanding work that reflects the unique Furness and Barrow heritage and beyond. C-Art 2017 are delighted to include them as part of their programme of Art in Extraordinary Places. 

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