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Some wonderful things created as part of the John Douglas Project 2013

The link below will open the John Douglas story which we wrote for children and young minded adults. The story formed the basis of the school drawing workshops and the interactive display.Johndouglas%20story2.odtThe link below will allow you to download a version of our childrens tour booklet. This includes eye spy…See More
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Meeting Doodles

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"Maybe there's a peice of work in that, if e.mails were manifest physically in the real world. Just a thought...What would it be like if e.mail traffic was governed like roads. After all just becuase a space is virtual, there are still…"
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Current Projects

Art Seed ran in 2015/16 in Rudheath and Witton, Northwich. The project grew  interest in culture in the area and provided artistic opportunities to its residents. We also ran funding and marketing sessions for artists to help grow to creative economy. More about the project can be found at and on the project facebook page RAWartseed

Past Projects

Cold Houses Warm Streets In conjunction with Groundwork Cheshire we will be helping local young residents take infrared pictures of their houses and begin to think about fun and creative ways they can stop heat leakage. If you live in Rudheath and want to take part get in touch with Groundwork Cheshire. Norm was our group exhibition for 2013/14. It looked at the things we do everyday and consider normal. It included the work of artists Simon Kennedy, Jason Sheppard and Beth Barlow and covered a wide range of medias. We are exhibited the work at Art works in Northwich in February 2014. We are looking for further venues after this showing. If you want to get a more theoretical take on the work to be included please feel free to read this essay by Simon Kennedy here. To see the process of planning an exhibition unfold we have a Norm Project Diary Here Or if you prefer the visual side of things our Project Diary in images is here Knit a Year is a socially engaged art work which asks people to knit their moods for a year. Through the process they also engage in conversations around mental wellbeing, art and life. The results of the participants efforts are shown in exhibitions and online at

Weaver Vale Housing Partnership

In 2014 we worked with Weaver Vale Housing to develop a project which reduced feelings of isolation in the local community. The project blog is here.

Art Boot Camps

2013-14 also saw us working with autistic adults and young people, young people from deprived areas in Salford and rurally isolated young people through our Art Boot Camp Projects. More info on these camps can be found here.

The completed display Is currently on display at St Peters Church, The Cross, Chester.


John Douglas was born in Sandiway, Cheshire and went on to design buildings from mansions to public toilets. During the project we have worked with volunteers to research his buildings and their stories, draw them and create a 3d interactive dispay.  We worked with volunteers who wanted  get involved, learning about heritage and putting pencil to paper at drawing workshops. Those involved were of all ages from 2-80.


Project Activities So Far:

Sandiway walking tour of JD buildings and drawing with tea and cake at the library _great time had by all with fantastic feedback.

It was a great way to find out more about where we live. Beth and Simon were very organised and encouraged more seeing eyes through drawing. Great social morning too. Using our local library facilities to end out tour was the icing on the Cake. Thank you."

Chester walking Tour  of JD buildings and drawing- Saturday 10th November. Graham Fisher was fantastic. So full of knowledge and energy.

You can see the pictures  here

School workshop with Cuddington Primary school. We worked with year 5 pupils to create illustrations for our story. They were fantastic and you can see their pictures here.

Back again to Cuddington Primary School to collect sounds for John Douglas Sound scapes.

Family Fun Morning - St Johns Church Hall, Norley Road, Sandiway- 9-1pm-  We Started to make a film And there was chance to get involved in animation, acting, dressing up and model making.

Creation of the display panels in conjunction with Men in Sheds in Hartford. The film and soundscapes are in the can. Listen to the soundscape and see a draft of the film on here.

We created a family booklet which takes you on tours on Sandiway and Chester and come complete with John Douglas Eye Spy and other activities. You can Download a version of this from our blog section at the bottom of this page.

Contact Beth Barlow on if you want to know more.

New John Douglas Facebook Page created here:

Populate was initiated and project managed by Working Titke Artists Collective and worked in partnership with local estate agents. The idea of "Populate" was to populate empty shops with art to show their potential and give opportunities to see and buy art. This exhibition featured 3 local artists, Beth Barlow, Jason Sheppard and Simon Kennedy. It ran from 13th December till the 23rd December with a private view on Sunday 12th December. Images of the exhibition can be found on Jason's and Beth's posts. The audience response to the project was good. Comments on the project are currently being put together so watch this space.

Initiated and project managed by Working Title Artists collective with support from a Heritage lottery grant. Footfalls was an interactive film project which ran in an Empty shop in Chester. The first part of the project involved a team of volunteer researchers hunting down stories which could have taken place outside the shop during any time but Roman Times (we feel the Roman's have far too much exposure in Chester already, all those short skirts and high winds). The next phases involved writing up stories to be acted out, making unusual costumes and props and filming actors feet as they acted out the scenes on the rows. The final piece took place in the shop in early August and gave viewers the chance to interact with the filmed pieces.

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As part of our research for a Creative Runcorn project we are chatting to people about the objects which they think represent Runcorn now, past and future. This is the first of the collection of object ideas gathered after a trip to Halton Lea library to see Jean Bradburn. Whilst there we were lucky enough to bump into Maurice Littlemore and Roy Gough from Runcorn family history society.
Instead of writing the objects on a list we have formed them into a little film, just to bring them alive a little bit. This may act as a provocation for debate or just a  way of seeing what we are up to in Runcorn in April 2011


July 2011

Since the last post we have been up to all sorts in Runcorn Old Town,creating a permanent  geocache treasure hunt, sculpture making with school children and young people, filming and living sketch books on shop windows. On the 16th July it will all culminate in a dramatic procession and web cam performance in empty shops. You can find out more at the project blog

Guerrilla Projections

We headed out into Chester to try and project some images onto its many surfaces. It was really cold and we were a bit frazzled, cold stopped play. So we will be heading out again soon. We have posted some of the images of the ones we did capture.



Blog Posts

Norm Project Blog

11th December 2013

We have been offered a bigger space at Artworks so are going along today to see how we are going to curate it. Its exciting times and with about 10 more paintings of carpet still to do I don't suspect I will be taking that prolonged christmas break I mentioned to myself. But painting at the moment is a pleasure and they are coming along in leaps and bounds now that I have worked out what I am doing. Funny to be painting this much. Not done this much painting since A…


Posted by Beth Barlow on December 11, 2013 at 11:15

Considering The Norm By Simon Kennedy

    Wearing shoes, not going to bed when we're tired, spending the majority of our time indoors or not going to the bathroom when we need to, these are just a  few things that occur so often in our daily lives (generally without thought or question), that despite thier…


Posted by Beth Barlow on December 11, 2013 at 11:06

Some wonderful things created as part of the John Douglas Project 2013

The link below will open the John Douglas story which we wrote for children and young minded adults. The story formed the basis of the school drawing workshops and the interactive display.


The link below will allow you to download a version of our childrens tour booklet.…


Posted by Beth Barlow on September 19, 2013 at 18:00

Meeting Doodles

Who needs meeting minutes when you can analyse our deepest most thoughts through the medium of our doodles.…


Posted by Beth Barlow on July 4, 2013 at 17:15


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