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.

Learning & Young People

Our MAKE GOOD summer school in 2021 created an opportunity for young people in the Wigan Borough to collaborate with local artists Vicky Tyrell, Eleanor Ferguson, Lisa Michelle Johnson, and Kathryn Raven, making creative items for a pop-up shop and developing an awareness of art and design for social change. The workshop and outcomes reflected the project theme ‘Designs to Save the World’ – drawing on the ethos of exploring ethical and sustainable means of production and product design in all aspects of the project, from concept through to outcome. The young people had the final say on all areas of the shop and product design, selecting the artists’ product proposals they wanted to create which included bird boxes, upcycled glassware, bug hotels and animal plant pots with felt irrigation systems.