Find out just Gnus in the canoe at art exhibition

Turnpike Canoe Gnus
Turnpike Canoe Gnus
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QUIRKY and beastly moving artworks are a major part of the next exhibition at Leigh’s Turnpike Centre.

Opening on Saturday, June 30 ‘Beastly Machines’ by Johnny White will not only allow visitors to see his amazing creations but also give them a chance to make their own with family drop-in activities between 11am and 2.30pm.

Johnny White’s artworks have enthralled audiences young and old for more than 20 years. All of the sculptures in Beastly Machines include some element of audience participation or intervention. The results can be humorous, engaging and surprising.

The imaginative and inspiring sculptures are influenced by current affairs, plays on words and Johnny also highlights the use of recycling and ecological concerns.

Characters at the Turnpike’s summer exhibition include ‘Shopping Centaur’ and the ‘Canoe Gnus’.

Martyn Lucas, Visual Arts Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, says: “This is a show that will delight young, old and in-betweeners alike.

“We always try to make our summer exhibition interactive and family friendly and Beastly Machines is no exception. It will be running throughout the summer, and in addition to the events on June 30, there will be further drop-in sessions for children and young people.”

Admission to all events in the centre is free and the exhibition continues until Saturday, September 8. For more details call the gallery on 01942 404 420.