The Turnpike CIC was a bold, independent not-for-profit arts project with community at its heart, based in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

This web archive, titled Could this be paradise? reflects on our 5 years in Leigh, highlighting the community voices and artists who have worked with us to shape our organisation.

We want to say a huge thank you to our Turnpike family; the team members, volunteers, artists, community members, peer organisations, funders and supporters who have invested their energy, creativity and ingenuity with us over the years.


The Turnpike CIC was only made possible by an extraordinary collective of people who brought their creativity, care, support, curiosity, positivity and hard work. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody involved.

The Turnpike CIC were proud to have been supported by: Arts Council England, Brighter Borough, Comic Relief, Curious Minds, Engage, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Jerwood Foundation, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, National Association for Writers in Education, Ragdoll foundation and Wigan Council.

The Turnpike CIC team was Helen Stalker, Hannah Gaunt, Brit Seaton, Charlotte Yeung, Wayne Reedman and Jen Lowe.

Website by Rory Clifford