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.

Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson: In the Family of the Carbons
20 January - 3 March 2018

In the Family of the Carbons was a major exhibition by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson that explored the physical and cultural properties of coal and the impact of our carbon based economies. Using hand carving, weaving, sound and video, the exhibition brought together a selection of compelling and visually rich works, many of which had never been shown before in the UK. The exhibition included Song for Coal, a monumental video installation created with Opera North, as well as a series of sculptures carved from cannel coal, extracted from the Alexandra Open Cast Mine near Wigan.

All images © The Turnpike CIC. Photos by Livia Lazar.