Celebrating the creative voice of children and young people

    Keep your eyes peeled for exciting artworks created by local young people as they are shared across Leigh and in digital spaces in 2021. More info.


    • 'Brave Face Portraits' with children and young people and artist Emma Blackburn - Turnpike window display

    • 'Future Prints' young creative's artwork with artist Alan Birch - Leigh Works window display

    • 'Virtual Gig' with Soapbox and Young Creatives

    • 'Unwritten' poetry book by young writers and Louise Fazackerley - local libraries

    Coming soon:​

    • Newbridge Learning Community with artist Sally Gilford - Market Street Banner display

    • 'Us Here Now' graphic Zine with pupils from Fred Longworth and Oakfield School, Bubble Up participants and artist Paul Pickford - local distribution. 



    Projects and workshops for secondary-school aged creatives who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in the arts.


    Start with Art Feb - March 2021

    Content released on Wednesdays at 12pm

    Tune in for a weekly dose of creative inspiration with our Associate Artists. Start with Art introduces the creative career of a different artist each week, and invites you to experiment with new materials and skills through simple prompts. Perfect for any aspiring young artist, pupils looking for inspiration or just a chance to try something new! 

    Watch on YouTube



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    Inclusive multi-arts workshops for primary school aged children 5yrs+

    Plans for our reopening with socially distanced children's workshops in May 2021 will be announced soon. In the mean time, why not check out some of the cool resources and videos we have available - to keep you creative and positive at home. 

    Take a look at:

    Soapbox You Tube Playlist



    Regular sessions for families with children under 5 yrs, in partnership with UpBeat Academy. 

    Turnpike Tots Online

    10am -11am, second Tuesday of the Month throughout lockdown

    Join early years artist Tina Thomas (Upbeat Academy) for a virtual version of our usual creative fun, using materials from around the home to explore, learn and play together. Turnpike Tots is for little artists under 5yrs and their grown-ups. 

    Register for 13 April here.

    this place [of mine]

    October 2020 - March 2021, 13-19yrs

    A partnership with Future Everything, Wigan Council and partners across Greater Manchester

    this place [of mine] is an opportunity for young people from Greater Manchester to explore the future of high streets and town centres, imagine alternate futures and discover new realms of digital creativity through online collaboration. 

    The Turnpike is supporting Young Producers from Leigh to engage with the project through workshops and mentoring. 

    Visit the website for more information


    October 2020 - March 2022

    A partnership with Togther Trust, Wigan Targeted Youth Services and True Colours CIC

    Young people from across Greater Manchester aged13yrs+ and experiencing complex disadvantages will be working with artists on our Making of Us programme, exploring the ideas that matter to them and creating collaborative artworks. 

    The Turnpike is supporting 15 artists over 2 years to test and explore ways of working together with vulnerable young people. 

    Find out more


    Online videos, playlists, and activities 

    Explore our archive of activities, and be inspired to get creative.

    We have worked with artists, partners and young people throughout the Lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. 

    - Downloadable guides

    - Video Tutorials 

    - Activities and ideas to keep creative at home 

    View the Resources here