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
Young Creatives

Our Young Creatives were secondary school aged artists with a particular interest in developing their skills and knowledge in the arts. In 2020 they engaged with musician Sarah Atter’s Us Here Now project, writing songs together, creating music videos and recording podcasts. The project enabled the Young Creatives to stay connected and creative through online engagement during lockdown.

Thanks to our Wanderland partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Young Creatives also had the opportunity to imagine distant future worlds using 3D virtual design by working with Visioning Lab; a creative digital company working at the intersection of public engagement, sustainability, creativity and emerging technologies. The online sessions included tutorials and creative tasks to build up skills and explore different ideas culminating in their own virtual 3D world.