Thursday, 22 October 2015


"We have greatly enjoyed hosting some of ArtSpace Barrow's projects with schoolchildren at Cylinders. Lovely children, lovely teachers, lovely artists."

Celia Larner,  Littoral.

"Breathtaking...there is so much going on in this amazing project."
"..It enabled all children to contribute and feel like they had achieved. They all thoroughly enjoyed it and were proud of their artwork."
 Dawn Andrews, Vickerstown School.

" This was an excellent project and we would love to work together again..the pp about Schwitters helped contextualise the project and support the children's knowledge about the artists...multi-sensory activities and composing with sound ..this was a new concept and experience that engaged the children.  It was perfect! "
Sally Jenkinson, Head, Langdale School

Further comments to come from our schools after the holidays!

"Breathtaking...there is so much going on in this amazing project."

Exhibition Visitor Cumbria County Councillor Helen Wall, Roosecoat Division, Barrow in Furness.

The project enabled children to be involved with working with professional arts practitioners. Very aspirational!It provided the opportunity to be involved in learning about an artist who had lived and worked in our locality and had worldwide impact and recognition, even visiting his work place! True experiential learning.Children were able to use a variety of mediums for their work which was especially good. There was great pride in the high quality outcomes achieved. Having film evidence of the project and a huge poster have provided a lasting visual memory of our involvement in the project.It was good to see the differing outcomes and experiences of other schools involvement in the project.The Children enjoyed the outdoor presentation of their work to parents and other audiences.
Nancy McKinnell, Head Teacher, South Walney Infants.

One measure of the success of Overground will be the longevity of the relationships established during its time. We returned to the  Merzbarn and Littoral this week to install our project documentation and to help the boys and girls of Langdale School mark the 50th year since Richard Hamilton took the Merzbarn wall to Newcastle's Hatton Gallery by transporting a lifesize image of the piece across the Estate.

Here's the video..

 It's about 18 months since Overground was conceived and since Amy and I visited the site for recces and discussions with Ian and Celia from Littoral. 
 We were  back at the Merzbarn again in October as guests of Littoral and KS2015 to hear and discuss the plans for the future of the site as a centre for the development of new work.
This feels like the place to say thank you to them, and to all the boys and girls we've worked with, to the staff of our partner schools and the artists and organisations that have contributed to this project. We hope they can continue to work together (with and without us) and that their experience  of the Kurt Schwitters legacy in Elterwater and Ambleside  continues to inspire them.
Love and Thanks
John / Artspace

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