The Creating Place II exhibition at The Turnpike will feature new commissions by artists Nicolette Lafonseca, Julie McKiernan, Helen Mather & Anna FC Smith, and Joe Whitmore, presenting diverse perspectives on our local heritage and environment in a series of multi-media installations.
Joe Whitmore is a painter who works predominantly from life, with a particular interest in portraits. His recent practice documents the lives of local people and landscapes in paint to reveal the character of his town. He has travelled extensively including Hong Kong, Poland, and New Zealand. Joe will be working with the Drumcroon Collection to present a series of portraits inspired by key works from the collection.
Anna FC Smith is a multimedia artist who explores social history, folk culture, and ritual through historical and anthropological research. Helen Mather is an artist whose practice involves community engagement with communal making, discussion, and collaboration at its centre. Together, their work in Creating Place II will involve exploring the new green heritage of post-industrial landscapes; how we think about these spaces now, and how they become part of our contemporary civic identity.
Nicolette Lafonseca is a creative polymath who uses a variety of visual art media with storytelling at the core. Her project will focus on natural pigments which can be found in the local environment of Leigh, typically in plants that can be seen all around us, but also from other sources such as soils, brick dust, and rust. In the new year, members of the local community and family groups will be invited to attend foraging walks and take part in practical workshops to help create pieces for the installation.
Julie McKiernan is a writer who enables individuals, community groups, and charities to tell their stories, express their views, convey information and change people’s perceptions. Julie will be working with local artist Corrie Shelley on their ‘Share the Care’ project, which will focus on care providers, their personal stories and why they chose to work in Adult Social Care, as well as celebrating Adult Social Care provision in Leigh. They will be interviewing care providers and inviting them to create a square for their ‘Community Care comfort blanket’.
If you are an Adult Social Care Provider in Leigh and would like to get involved, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be hosting a ‘Meet the Artists’ week during February half term 2024 where visitors can drop-in and take part in free creative activities.