Sightlines Digital Arts Residency at Barrow AFC

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After considering applications from over 40 artists, the Bifocals 1999 Sightlines selection committee comprising Bifocals Artist /Co-ordinator John Hall, David Ingham, Supporter and Unison rep Alec Proffit and photographer Stuart Clarke from The Homes Of Football Gallery in Ambleside,  chose Glenn Boulter to work in around the club and to deliver a piece of work for installation at the start of the 2008-9 season.

The project has had the support of Arts Council England, Cumbria Arts In Education, Aim Higher , Barrow Borough Council and partner schools from across Cumbria including Barrow Island Community Primary, St Georges C of E and St Bernards Roman Catholic Secondary School in Barrow, and St Aidans, James Rennie and Stanwix schools in Carlisle.

This phase of the Sightlines project had been running since autumn, and had seen John and  locally based artists Kate Davis and Shaun Blezard working on a variety of football related sound recording projects in schools , including a session with Poet and Broadcaster Ian McMillan who worked with a group of St. Bernard's students on the mysterious history of Barrow AFC legend, Al Mobility.

Glenn's residency produced a broad ranging and high quality body of work including prints for sale in the club shop; a three screen film by artists Francis O'Donnell-Smith film for screening under the stand; schools music sessions  live performances at the ground and other venues in Barrow and a hand packaged CD of Glenn's composition " An Unorthodox 1-2" performed by Aurelie featuring Barrow Fan and actor / musician Damien Rose . 

In 2009 versions of  "An Unorthodox 1-2" were  performed by Aurelie in London at the Grimeborne Festival of new opera, and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Glenns project blog along with images can be found at:  

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