AN EXCITING new partnership has secured a bright future for Leigh’s Turnpike Gallery.
Newly formed community initiative Trust in Leigh will take over managing events on the first floor of the Turnpike Centre, on Civic Square.
As part of the deal, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) will continue to manage the rest of the centre - including Leigh Library - on behalf of Wigan Council.
Trust in Leigh will be assisted by associate partners Cadence Café CIC and Arts Council England bridge organisation Curious Minds for arts and music organisation.
Trevor Barton MBE, of Trust in Leigh, said: “It will be an exciting challenge for us in delivering long term arts based projects in our area. I am convinced that there is a lot of unidentified talent in the arts in our area that we could showcase.”
It is hoped that the gallery will become not only a place for exhibiting local art, there will be the provision of an Arts Awards hub plus music, dance and drama activities delivered in partnership with some of the region’s best arts organisations including the Octagon Theatre and the Ludus Dance Company.
Pete Gascoigne, Executive Director at WLCT, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this new partnership, which will make sure the arts continue to be promoted in the Turnpike Centre for the benefit of everyone in the Leigh community.”
Coun Paul Kenny, Wigan Council cabinet member for resources, said: “This is a great example of how community groups and other volunteers can have a positive impact on the future of local services and really make a difference in their area. Well done to everyone involved in getting this partnership off the ground.”