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.

Mohamed Bourouissa: Horse Day
15 February - 23 March 2019
Liverpool Biennial Tour

Mohamed Bourouissa (b.1978, Blida, Algeria) lives in Paris, France. Bourouissa's images, installations and videos explore power relations, displays of masculinity and societal tensions. In partnership with Liverpool Biennial, the Turnpike presented Horse Day 2014-15 a film installation which focuses on a North Philadelphian community’s efforts at neighbourhood revitalisation. Inspired by US photographer Martha Camarillo’s photographs of horsemen in a Philadelphia neighbourhood, Bourouissa travelled there to see the urban stables. For eight months the artist observed, drew and photographed the riders, whilst working collaboratively with the community to create Horse Day (2014-2015).

The video documents an extraordinary equestrian event and its preparations, acting as an examination of how society is structured and social processes are activated. This exhibition was presented as part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, which brings artworks by international artists presented at the 2018 festival of contemporary art to spaces across the North of England.

Supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England's Strategic Touring fund.

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