Work goes on show

Amy Cham installing the new open exhibition at Leigh Turnpike Gallery

Amy Cham installing the new open exhibition at Leigh Turnpike Gallery

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MORE than 140 amateur and professional artists from Wigan and Leigh are taking part in this year’s open exhibition at Leigh’s Turnpike Gallery.

This annual event is a celebration of the diversity of current artistic practice in the borough with folk living or working the borough invited to submit artwork.

One of the gallery’s most popular exhibitions, it opened at the weekend and attracts work in a variety of media from painting, sculpture, and photography, to ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

Running in conjunction with the Open is an exhibition called Infusion by Kuljit Chuhan (Kooj) in collaboration with Raphael Sheriff and Joe Mulenda from the local Rafiki and Kamosi Youth Projects.

Kooj worked with young people in Wigan and Leigh from non-western backgrounds including Africa and Eastern Europe using cultural, media and performance methods.

The Turnpike’s new exhibitions assistant, Amy Cham from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (pictured), said: “It’s great that my first job at the Turnpike is to help set up Infusion and the Open. Both exhibitions present such an exciting variety of art works. Together, they become a portrait of Leigh and Wigan and the diversity of people who live and work here.”

The exhibitions run until October 27. For further details ring 01942 404420.