A NEW heritage project which focuses on the coastal areas of Furness has secured funding in the form of a micro-grant.

A six-week pilot project entitled Barrow's Salty Yarns, ran by artist Rachel Capovila and the Octopus Collective will work with communities across Roa Island, Rampside and Piel Island through a series of workshops and exhibitions.

Geared towards exploring tales of the sea which have been passed down through generations, the project will end with an exhibition showcasing the work created by the artists and community at the Roa Island Boat Club on April 14, at 5pm.

A blog featuring a collection of the stories gathered will be shared online as well as used in local schools as a learning resource.

Ms Capovila was delighted to be awarded the grant.

She said: “I am really excited about hearing people’s memories and stories.

"Stories are what make us human and help us understand the world. I want to make work inspired by what we find out."

The project will begin with a walk led by local historian Iain McNicol on Saturday March, 3 at 1pm, where he will reveal fascinating facts whilst visiting various landmarks.

The walk will finish with a visit to the Life Boat Station.

Further activities will include experimental 16mm cine film workshops with Cumbrian artist filmmaker Julia Parks, on March 24 at Rampside Village Hall where participants will have the opportunity to make unique films.