CHILDREN + YOUNG PEOPLE

The Turnpike offers a range of opportunities for children and young people to get involved in creative activities.

From toddlers to teenagers and everything in between, we provide artist-led workshops and projects which are designed to develop skills, confidence and knowledge.

    CHILDREN 

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    Inclusive creative enterprise project for children 7-11yrs

    MAKE GOOD

    Saturdays 10.30am-12pm, launching 29 May 2021

    FULLY BOOKED, Join the Waiting List

    Projects with artists to explore how designs might 'save the world'. The children will work with three amazing artists through 5-week blocks of activities to create artwork and products which explore climate change, sustainability and social justice, and then work together to create their own pop up shop! 

    MAKE GOOD Pop up Shop - SAVE THE DATE

    2nd October 11am - All Welcome

    EARLY YEARS

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

    Turnpike Tots - Autumn Programme

    FREE weekly sessions in term-time

    Starting Weds 29 Sept, 10.30-11.30am

    A fun session for children and their parents/carers, including movement, messy play and art. 

    Booking opens soon.

    WATCH - Tots Activities Online

    via our YouTube Playlist

    Supported by Comic Relief

    YOUNG PEOPLE

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

    CREATIVE ACTIVATORS

    Presented by Culture Unlocked - Wigan and Leigh's Cultural Education Partnership 

    For young people 14-19yrs in the Wigan Borough

    Monthly scheduled sessions are an opportunity for young people to explore creative leadership skills, gain insight into working in the arts sector, and have a say on big decisions across the borough. 

    To register an interest email wiganleigh.cep@gmail.com 

    US HERE NOW

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    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.

    Previous: 

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

    • 'Virtual Gig' with Soapbox and Young Creatives

    Current:​

    • Newbridge Learning Community with artist Sally Gilford - Bradshawgate Banner display

    • Project artwork on display at Leigh Family Welfare Hub (Adult Learning Centre, Walmesley Road). 

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

    More info.

    MAKING OF US

     

    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

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    RESOURCES

    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

    2020 and 2021 to create

    - Downloadable guides

    - Video Tutorials 

    - Activities and ideas to keep creative at home 

    View all of our Resources HERE