All activities are currently postponed due to government guidelines to control the spread of the corona virus. We will be posting further updates on social media. 

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Secret Writers' Club

Second Thursday of the month, 6 - 7:30pm

Creative writing workshops and events, inspired by our exhibitions.

£5 a session, booking essential

Welcome to the Secret Writers Club, a creative group for anyone interested in exploring creative writing in a relaxed and informal environment, led by acclaimed poet Louise Fazackerley.  


Come and write in response to Simeon Barclay's 'Bus2Move', an exhibition of disorienting dance and light.


Creative Writing Workshops:

13th February - 6.30-8pm, a special FREE drop-in taster session. Find out more about Secret Writers Club and explore the exhibition as part of our Exhibition Preview event.

12 March - workshop session 6-7-30pm, £5

9 April - workshop session 6-7.30pm, £5


Live Event: An Alternative Exhibition Tour with the Secret Writers Club.

18 April, 1-2pm Opportunity to perform your work in The Turnpike's gallery space through this public event...more info

Art Tea

Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm

Open to adults experiencing social isolation or mild mental health issues.

Work with artists Kate Bufton and Linda Heavon to develop your skills in this relaxed and sociable workshop. Through six-week blocks of activity, explore our exhibitions and create your own artwork through a range of media and techniques. 

Programme is fully booked, to join the waiting list contact Learning and Engagement Manager

Hannah Gaunt:

Shy Bairns - Zine Workshop

Join Shy Bairns for a special punk inspired zine workshop.

POSTPONED - date to be announced soon

FREE, booking essential

Join Shy Bairns for a zine making workshop exploring punk zine-making techniques. Participants will work physically using traditional collage and DIY methods to explore the history of zine making within the punk scene and create their own individual zines. Materials will be provided but if you have any Pete Shelley/punk material or memorabilia you would like to include in your zine please bring it along - we'd love to see it!

Shy Bairns is the collective practice of artists, designers and curators Izzy Kroese, George Gibson, Eleanor Haswell and Erin Blamire, based in Manchester. Since 2016, they have been working together on a responsive programme of zines, exhibitions and workshops. They use DIY publishing practices, utilising zines, print workshops and installations to invite audience participation and to create collaborative works.

This workshop marks the final day of 'understated' at The Turnpike, an exhibition celebrating the creativity of Buzzcocks frontman the late Pete Shelley.

Cultural Routes

Art workshops for creative people 50 years and older, part of Age of Creativity festival

Free to attend, booking essential

Join us for a taster session to find out more - Thursday 2nd April, 5-7pm ​

Or sign up now to take part in three free art workshops on Mondays:

3-5pm OR 5.30-7.30pm

20th April, 27th April & 4th May

Thanks to support from GMCVO's Ambition for Ageing funding, we are able to offer this series of workshops designed by and for creative older people. Sessions will include painting, print making and marbling activities in a relaxed environment and artwork will be shared through exhibitions across the borough. 

Find out more about the Cultural Routes project here.

Expression Leigh

Scheduled Fridays 10.30am -12.30pm

Exercise and move freely in an inclusive, friendly and supportive environment. No experience necessary, come along and have a go.

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre (FADT) exists to support those in recovery from addiction and adversity to transform their lives, and to share the recovery journey with the wider public, through dance, performance and creativity.​

To find out more, contact Claire Morris at FADT:

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