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.

Bukky Baldwin & Everything Human Rights

As part of our Activations programme, we worked with artist and designer Ibukun Jesusanmi Baldwin to initiate a mini creative workshop programme for members of Everything Human Rights - a local organisation that celebrates diversity and encourages integration and personal development through participation in projects, activities, and social events.

Ibukun, who is the founder of ethical fashion company Bukky Baldwin, uses her practice to create opportunities for people in marginalised communities through creative enterprise, workshops and training in contemporary design to enable participants to upskill, express themselves and build up their community.

In September 2020, Ibukun led a series of online and in-person creative workshops with members of the Everything Human Rights community, exploring a range of different textiles and ceramics making processes, creating a range of handmade goods and prototype products with the intention of creating a sustainable way of working together longer term.

“I'm a multidisciplinary artist, fashion designer and social practitioner specialising in print, illustration and hand-crafted design. Since graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree in Textile Design I founded the ethical fashion and textile company Bukky Baldwin Ltd out of a growing awareness of the neglected needs of marginalised communities and also the amazing potential within the creative industry to help. I also work within the community creating workshop programmes to train and provide opportunities for marginalised groups. And I totally love it. I am determined to use my company and creative experience as a tool and champion for positive socio-economic change.”
Ibukun Jesusanmi Baldwin, Artist and Designer