Barrow’s vision to be the next UK destination for creativity needs you

Barra Culture. Picture: Furness Videography

Barra Culture, a once-in-a-generation creative programme for Barrow, is looking for people to help it make creative things happen.

The Barrow cultural programme operated for just 12 months before COVID-19 struck and has been working through the pandemic, holding writing workshops, children’s activities and singing sessions online.

It is now looking for 20 people from the town to form the Barra Culture Advisory Group.

Daniel Tyler-Mctighe, who joined Barra Culture as its new director recently, said: “COVID has set us challenges – but it’s also given us opportunities to reach people who may previously not have had the time to ‘engage in culture’ or who have enjoyed our online events and now want to know more about are future plans – or may even want to help shape what we do in the future.

“It’s a great time to join us as an advisor and help us to decide what kind of creative stuff we should be doing, and crucially, to ensure that the opinions, interests and needs of everyone in Barrow are considered – to feel pride in what we can all achieve together and share our plans with friends, family and the neighbours.”

Barra Culture would like to hear from anyone who lives in the Barrow borough, especially Barrow Island, Central, Hindpool, Ormsgill, Risedale and Walney North; people who work in a Barrow business, charity or organisation and also from creative people – anyone doing creative things as an individual or as part of a bigger group.

“Being from Barrow is the only qualification you need – you don’t have to have done anything like this before – in fact, “it would be good if you haven’t”, said Daniel.

Barra Culture Advisors will be consulted on the development of Barra Culture throughout the year, meet once every three months from May 2021 to February 2022 and be invited to sit on smaller decision-making panels for different areas of the programme.

A small contribution is paid towards advisors’ time and expenses for each meeting attended and towards any specific access needs.

For more information, call or text Becky on 07871 602405 or email [email protected]

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