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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Open air art gallery in Barrow celebrates nature

TOWN square in Barrow is proudly displaying a world-class street gallery of nature photography which has previously graced the capital.

More than 100 stunning images showing everything from grey seals underwater, through to squabbling goldfinches, make up the UK’s most ambitious wildlife photography project. They are being exhibited in the shadow of Barrow Town Hall and The Forum.

Morecambe Bay Partnership is hosting the prestigious 2020VISION exhibition in the town until August 2.

The imagines were captured over 20 months in 20 locations, including Morecambe Bay, by top wildlife photographers.

The free display was first opened in Edinburgh, then moved on to the south bank of the River Thames in London and Brighton.

Now Morecambe Bay Partnership has brought the display to the North West for the first time. It was first exhibited in Morecambe and will move from Barrow to Grange next month.

Speaking at the launch event Susannah Bleakley, the executive director of Morecambe Bay Partnership, said: “This prestigious exhibition gives people another reason to come into town.

“It’s another reason to be proud of Barrow and be aware of this amazing wildlife that is on our doorstep. It is a very uplifting exhibition with stories of hope and happiness.”

Phil Huck, the executive director of Barrow Borough Council thanked the partnership for bringing the exhibition to Barrow where “wildlife sits alongside industry”.

Matthew Lipton, the warden of South Walney Nature Reserve, attended the launch and was impressed.

He said: “Not many people realise just how much nature is out there on their doorstep in Barrow. Hopefully this will open people’s eyes to get out and see the fantastic nature Barrow and the Morecambe Bay has.”

Councillor Helen Wall, who is the spokeswoman for the wildlife, heritage and culture on Barrow Borough Council said: “It’s fantastic to have an exhibition like this in front of the town hall so soon after the cycling tour event. I hope lots of people will come and see this and enjoy it.

“People like Susannah are very supportive of Barrow and its uniqueness and appreciate what it has.”

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