Bubble Up Leigh was a new Neighbourhood Partnership with three other local organisations: Everything Human Rights, WigLe Dance and freelance practitioner Vicky Tyrell. This programme engaged young people transitioning into Year 7 during the pandemic, supporting them with socially distanced, fun and creative workshops with professional artists.
The Turnpike commissioned artists Sally Gilford and Paul Pickford to lead engagement in this programme, creating screen-printed textiles and a collaborative collage zine.
Workshop plans were produced in partnership with Arts Council Bridge Organisation Curious Minds, to ensure rigorous Covid-safe measures were put in place. Activities were designed to build social skills and reduce anxiety about transition. Feedback from participants and parents was overwhelmingly positive as they found it a valuable way to build confidence ahead of returning to their first year of high school. Bubble Up Leigh was generously supported by Curious Minds.