"I started volunteering over a year ago after my daughter became involved in workshops at The Turnpike. The community, staff and volunteers have helped my social isolation as I am not originally from the UK. I also strongly believe that art and access to nurturing and encouraging art in our local community is so important. Seeing people in the gallery in awe, in the middle of Leigh makes my day when I volunteer. I also made beautiful friends I would have never met otherwise. I am privileged to be part of such and important organisation, even as a volunteer."
"I’m Kate, I’ve been involved in The Turnpike for a few years supporting the team across the exhibitions and engagement programmes. I am a practicing artist, and regularly deliver activity with schools, children and the local community. I take the lead on the Art Tea programme providing weekly creative wellbeing activity for local residents. I live in Golbourne with my young family and our dog Cliff".
"I'm Em from Astley, a new volunteer looking forward to being part of the community! I am interested in photography and art, having recently graduated with a degree in photography"
"From playing the star in my school Nativity to graduating in 2008 with a BA Hons degree in Contemporary Theatre and Performance, the arts has always been something I am hugely passionate about. With fifteen years of professional experience in teaching, casting, directing, writing and performing; I strive to ensure that those who attend our workshops, immerse themselves within their own imagination and ideas, to encourage an individual adventure in exploring the magic of creativity.
When I am not working, I am usually found drinking a brew and writing."
Learning and Engagement Manager
"I have worked in cultural education for the best part of 10 years, as an artist and project manager. In 2017, I joined the team with a remit to grow The Turnpike's Learning and Engagement activities with schools, families and communities. I am passionate about social justice issues and the environment, and love that my role involves working collaboratively with creative people to bring about positive change. In my spare time I enjoy walks with my dog, Ziggy."
Community Champion & Team Volunteer
I am from Leigh and have been involved with The Turnpike as a visitor, a mum who enjoys the variety of activities on offer with my daughter and now as a volunteer. I love contributing to my local community and meeting people who have a shared passion for the arts. I like drawing, sewing and cooking. I am thrilled that as of August I have now taken on the role of Community Champion, so as well as volunteering in the community I will now be actively encouraging the development of creative / cultural talent within our local area.
Likes: books, photos of streets, plants that smell really nice, bread, walking past a place that sells really good coffee, getting a really good coffee, ‘Sailing by’ by Ronald Binge.
Dislikes: Cold chips.
'Making of Us' Creative Assistant & Team Volunteer
"I'm from Leigh and like being able to volunteer with a local organisation and meet new people. I love reading, history and learning French!"
Young Producer & Team Volunteer
"I live in Lowton and enjoy making my own music and digital art. I recently left a physics degree in the hope of engaging locally with community organisations and the arts. Volunteering for an independent organisation like The Turnpike has been a great way of doing just that."
Peter is currently establishing Leigh's first culture zine, STAT. Find out morehere.
Aaron is an artist and Head Technician at The Turnpike. He lends his skills to every project, commission and exhibition, working closely with artists and curators to bring ideas to life. From Leigh, Aaron is a mine of information on all things art, nature and angling.
My role at The Turnpike is varied, from meeting visitors, to installing exhibitions, helping out with workshops and everything in between. My favourite day of the month is when I assist at the monthly creative session called ‘Turnpike Tots’ aimed at toddlers and parents to provide them with a playful and enjoyable space to experiment with different art materials and sensory activities. All of these different roles that I have been involved in at The Turnpike have given me experience for my aspirations of becoming a Curator after University.
Facilities and Events Officer
With years of experience working in the entertainment industry, Wayne continues to write and develop his own musical projects. As Facilities and Events Officer at The Turnpike, he is a familiar and friendly face to everybody who comes to the gallery. Wayne supports all of our exhibitions, live events and community use and is known for making the best brews in town.
"I am from Wigan and I like volunteering at The Turnpike because it's a great place to see different people coming and going to look at the different amazing art. I have always been fascinated with history and art. I also like to go to the cinema with family and friends."
"My name is Chris. I’ve been a volunteer at the gallery for almost two years. I’m a retired teacher but these days I do a lot of doggie day care. I’m a regular swimmer and love theatre and the arts."
"I'm originally from Leeds and have been based in Manchester since 2014, where I moved to study Art History and German. This led me to live in Berlin for a while, where I began my career in the arts working in galleries and writing for contemporary art magazines. I now freelance as a writer for arts and culture, and having always felt most at home in the North of England, I’m excited to also work as a Programme Assistant at The Turnpike, supporting commissions, projects and events."
Director and CEO
"Having worked in major galleries and museums for over 20 years it is an absolute privilege to be able to develop an organisation in my own community. As a Curator, Director and a Mum, I have seen how the extraordinary power of art can transform lives, futures and places. Leigh is a wonderful, warm community and its green spaces, heritage and resilience makes it a brilliant place for exploring ideas, walking my dog and raising my son."
'Making of Us' Creative Assistant & Team Volunteer
"Mum by day, designer by night. Originally from York, now based in Leigh. The Turnpike is a place I can explore my interest in gallery education and meet like-minded creatives."
"I’m Olivia from Bolton. I’m a recent English graduate who’s mad about music! Other things I love include but are not limited to: Photography, creative writing, my dogs Frank & Keira,and bourbon biscuits. I’m new to the Turnpike, and look forward to getting involved with the local community!"
Paul is a creative who lives in Manchester, but is originally from Wigan. He enjoys films, making music and building with Lego. Paul volunteers at the gallery to enjoy the exhibitions with the people of Leigh.
"I am half Mauritian but have lived in Bolton for most of my life. I studied art and curation at university before interning at the museum on the remote sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. This led me to visit both Antarctica and the Canadian Arctic on expedition ships working as a guide, historian and boat driver. During my arts career I have worked at theatres, festivals, a royal palace and a castle and I’m now excited to be joining the Turnpike team as a Programme Assistant."