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
Sea of Ink

In response to the Dave Pearson: Return to Byzantium(2018) exhibition, Lancashire printmaker Alan Birch worked with teachers and pupils at local schools to create new works of art. Participants responded to Pearson’s works through exploring different printmaking techniques, and were inspired by imagery and characters from international folklore and mythology. The resulting work became the Sea of Ink exhibition, displayed in The Turnpike's studio from 16th June 2018 - 6th July 2018.

Participating schools: Bedford High School, Fred Longworth High School, Millbrook Primary School, Shevington Vale Primary School.