Young people create work for Turnpike exhibition

Young people with artists Lindsey Mendick and Debbie Chan.

Young people from some of Wigan Council’s youth groups have been working with artist Lindsey Mendick in the Turnpike’s studio to create a large scale installation that will be shown in The Turnpike’s main gallery in Leigh.

The Turnpike was selected to host this year’s Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist Commission and Lindsey was the successful recipient of the award.

As part of this work, local young people have been invited to get involved throughout the summer in creating artwork and helping to develop the exhibition.

Artist Lindsey Mendick, says,
‘I think it’s important that young people not only get to create art but that they also get the same pay offs that artists have and get to see their work in an exhibition and learn about how art collections are put together and how exhibitions are created. I’ve had an amazing time working with the young people.’

Lindsey has been working alongside invited contemporary artists to introduce the young people to different styles and techniques of creating pottery and to offer the young people time in a creative, nurturing space where they can express their ideas.

Danielle Bamford, 16, from Garswood, says,
‘I’ve been to a couple of the sessions so far and I do feel inspired. Ceramics has been a new experience for me but I like the way the clay feels and it’s nice to be creative.’

Ruth Dean, 19, from Leigh, adds,
‘Lots of different artists have been to visit us so we’ve done all sorts of new things such as creating sculptures and learning about glazing. I feel like it’s been a really good opportunity to learn new skills.’

The exhibition will be shown in The Turnpike’s main gallery from 18th September until 13th October.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, says,
‘This project is fantastic because the young people get the chance to express themselves creatively and learn really useful skills such as project management with the development of the exhibition. I can’t wait to see the finished installation.’

The project has also been supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, Arts Council England and Engage.