Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Turnpike Gallery Leigh

The Turnpike Gallery situated in Leigh Library has been open since 1971 for exhibitions of local work and educational workshops. 

Up to recently artists were brought in on a regular basis to provide art sessions for children at the weekend and school holidays and helping schools fosters art skills and developing vital creativity skills. The type of art we used to do at school but which teachers dont have time to fit into the NC now. A member of staff was also available to provide information and help and the gallery hosted some fantastic exhibitions. My daughter used to love attending the junk modelling and craft sessions in the holidays from monsters to bugs and Victorian stamps and printing and the artists were fantastic. The centre was always a hive of artist work with exhibitions children could use and get hands on.

Sadly due to budget cuts this has all been removed, there are still occasional workshops including making art on an iPad (runs 28th August 10.30am and 12pm. ) but these sessions are few and far between. The workroom which used to continually have children's work drying lies empty and bare. No staff member was available on our visit and the place felt soulless and empty although a table was available for collage with some old newspapers and glue it felt like another loss for the community. I have heard there are talks in place to create more of the space and I hope this is the case as it seems a real shame. We were helped by a member of staff who was locking rooms who was very helpful.

Turnpike is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm. 
Lift access is available.  Disabled and normal toilets are available but locked (ask a member of staff for access)

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