What does the future Barrow look like?
Fortune telling for a future Town
Barrow Tarot is a creative tool to help guide conversations and discussions about a future Barrow-In-Furness.
Artist Katie Anderson has designed this online deck as a reference point and resource whilst whilst in residence with Art Gene during the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak.
The cards are designed to be a playful reference, drawing inspiration from the everyday, the familiar, the hidden and the forgotten in and around Barrow-in-Furness, as experienced by a newcomer to the town.
Using the ‘Deal My Cards’ button, you can view a random selection of three cards from the 78 full set. Feel free to hit the button as often as you need! The themes and descriptions for each card will hopefully help guide your conversations and ideas into new and unexpected territories. Use these cards when imagining a future for the town seems difficult, or if you are coming up against challenges in creating new ways forward.
The deck is divided into four ‘houses’: Community, Environment, Industry and Culture, each comprised of 14 cards (made up of number and face cards), alongside the major deck comprised of 21 characters, familiar perhaps to those more acquainted with traditional tarot.
The cards are designed to be a playful reference, drawing inspiration from the everyday, the familiar, the hidden and the forgotten in and around Barrow In Furness, as experienced by a newcomer to the town.
If you have suggestions for alterations, see something important that is missing or would like to discuss these cards in more detail, please get in touch.
Click or tap on any card to learn more
The Ten of Community - Barrow Sailing Club
In a town edged by coastline, and with a strong identity amongst its islands, beaches and coastal environment what is the populations relationship with the water? How many people in Barrow have been able to experience being out on the water? This card asks us to consider alternative routes to and from Barrow, and future possible transport links that could be developed over water – from freight and cargo, to tourism and recreation. What are the barriers to access currently? How can we better share and build knowledge about the local coastal environment. Could we imagine a community fleet for Barrow?