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In 2019, The Turnpike presented the first solo exhibition by Liam Fallon. Since graduating from Manchester School of Art in 2017, Fallon created a series of bold and ambitious sculptures that explore themes of sexuality, monumentality and the blurred boundaries between public and private spaces. he uses industrial materials such as steel, Jesmonite, rubber and wood, and adopts factory processes taught to him by his father and grandmother including casting, welding and joinery.

Learn more about Liam's exhibition Supersymmetry



Throughout Summer 2018, Lindsey Mendick worked at The Turnpike with local young people and invited contemporary artists to form The Turnpike Pottery: an artists' collaborative working in clay. The aim of the pottery was to introduce young people to contemporary artists, develop their skills in ceramics and give them a nurturing, creative space where they can express their ideas.  The result was an immersive exhibition that celebrated the voice of youth and boundless potential of collaboration.

Learn more about the Turnpike Pottery exhibition


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The former colliery at Astley Green was the source for Mary Griffiths’ exhibition, Wild Honey. For a year she looked closely at the mine, making drawings of its headgear and winding engine, its museum and the birds and plants that now occupy the site. These lyrical drawings were shown alongside geometric abstract works that had been inspired by the mining machinery, the coal that was dug out, and the primeval forests that laid that carbon down 300 million years ago. Darkness and brilliance, the intense colours of engine and landscape, the steady work of a wild beehive – all shape the art that Griffiths showed here.

Learn more about Mary Griffiths' exhibition Wild Honey



When he isn't lending his artistry to the gallery as The Turnpike's Head Technician, Aaron Pearce creates paintings that draw on his knowledge and love of fishing. Using weathered plywood from specific fishing localities as his foundation, he paints in colours used to match the settings of fishing locations. In 2018 Pearce showed a series of paintings in an exhibition hosted on a historic short boat which moored at various locations on route to Leigh. Aaron was an exhibiting artist in the 2019 Major Conversations exhibition at The Turnpike.

Find out more about the Major Conversations exhibition



In his first institutional solo exhibition in the North West, Simeon Barclay presents a new body of work informed by research into dance. From the visual spectacle of contemporary dance theatre to the communal experience of the nigh club dance floor, the exhibition Bus2move combines costume, film and video, photography, lighting and sound.

Barclay's interest in dance and its many facets centres on the construction of masculinity, with particular focus on the way popular perceptions and stereotypes become defined, contested and encoded upon the male body.

Learn more about Simeon's exhibition at The Turnpike Bus2Move



Hannah Leighton-Boyce explores how we experience time and the marks left as we move through it, in her work. She is particularly interested in ‘moments’, both how they are created and encountered. Working across disciplines including sculpture, site-specific work, drawing, sound and installation, Leighton-Boyce investigates the situation of space and place by drawing on inspiration from personal experience, archives and process-led investigation.

Hannah was an exhibiting artist in our Major Conversations exhibition in 2019.

Learn more about Major Conversations at The Turnpike