Activations are moments at The Turnpike when artists come together to experiment, create with communities and test new approaches towards positive social impact. Often interdisciplinary in their approach, an Activation allows the gallery to become a live testing ground for new ways of making art towards long-term positive change.


Photography by Livia Lazar

Photography by Livia Lazar

Artist Frances Disley has been working with the Leigh branch of Fallen Angels Dance Theatre to enhance the experience of the participants in their weekly sessions at The Turnpike.
Through the medium of dance, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre support people in recovery from addiction and have developed a process of using The Turnpike’s visual art programme to inspire and inform their sessions.

Using colour, pattern, props and play, the artist has been co-choreographing new work with the group around their experience of addiction recovery.

After completing phase 1 of the collaboration prior to lockdown, we are now re-activating the second stage of this successful project online, with a view to reconvening as a residency once the Turnpike has reopened. The project has taken an interesting shift in its timeline, becoming responsive to social distancing measures, physical connection and the sharing of props and physical and psychological support structures. The project is also incorporating the impact of lockdown on the participants who are currently sharing their experiences  and challenges digitally. 

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