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

Thanks to support from Greater Manchester Combined Authority we were able to engage Wigan poet, Louise Fazackerley to deliver socially engaged writing sessions throughout Autumn 2020.

The Unwritten project focussed on supporting young people who felt their aspirations and dreams had been interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing together young people’s poems and stories we commissioned a young photographer, Mia Meredith to respond visually to their themes and ideas.

Participating writers were Elle Williams, Ethan Cannon, Lucas Davies-Ward, Riley Howarth, Robert Owen, Juen Mei, Jake Wise, Aoife Grass, Huan and Raeesa. The final publication was shared across public library collections and in local schools. Download project PDF: Unwritten