New exhibition celebrates Leigh's hidden stories

A new art exhibition celebrating local people and places has opened at The Turnpike Gallery in Leigh.

Creating Place II, which follows on from a community project last summer, presents four new commissions from borough-based artists.

The exhibition features artists Nicolette Lafonseca, Julie McKiernan and Corrie Shelley, Helen Mather and Anna FC Smith, and Joe Kiney Whitmore.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for culture at Wigan Council, said: “Creating Place II tells wonderful, hidden stories about our borough’s past, present and future through different pieces of art.

“And all of these artworks have been made in collaboration with local people. We’re really proud that our commitment to culture all across the borough enables us to take our residents along on this special journey with us.”

Many of the artworks are inspired by people and places in the local area, including stained glass windows in Leigh Town Hall, the beauty of nature at Bickershaw Country park, care homes in Leigh, and the streets around the Turnpike Centre.

Creating Place II was developed with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery and Wigan Council.

The Turnpike Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday,  10am - 4pm and Saturday, 10am - 2pm. Admission to the exhibition is free and runs until Saturday, March 30.

A programme of talks, activities and workshops accompanies the exhibition, and more information can be found on The Turnpike Gallery website.

 

 

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