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Turnpike Centre, Leigh, home to the Turnpike Gallery. Photo: Natalie Bradbury
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New era for Turnpike Gallery, Leigh: “Art and culture are a catalyst for the town”

Built in 1971 and all but abandoned by the cash-strapped local council in 2013, Turnpike Gallery in the former mining town of Leigh near Wigan, is entering a new stage in its history with the creation of a community interest company to run its programme. Natalie Bradbury speaks to arts manager Helen Stalker as the gallery relaunches with the Jerwood Drawing Prize touring exhibition.

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Fair Cities symposium. Photo: courtesy of The Manchester Contemporary, 2016
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Fair Cities: exploring the ecology of art market centres

What makes a city an art market centre? Hosted by The Manchester Contemporary in September 2016, the Fair Cities symposium brought together a number of speakers to discuss the ecologies and infrastructure of developed art markets in the key cities of Basel, Brussels and London. As a partner in the event, a-n captured the insights of these international art world professionals to produce a new set of video resources.

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Artist Suzanne Lacy (right) in Brierfield Library. Photo: William Titley. Courtesy: Super Slow Way
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A Q&A with… Suzanne Lacy, artist and social activist

As part of the Super Slow Way programme in Lancashire, Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is bringing the local community together through Sufi chanting, shape-note singing and a banquet for 500 people. Bob Dickinson finds out more.

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Maurice Carlin, 'Performance Publishing: Excelsior Works', V22, London (2015). 
Performance co-commission from V22 and ‘Multiplied’ at Christies, to publish the 5000 sq ft ‘Excelsior Works’ warehouse floor plate in CMYK relief prints, before a radical transformation of the surrounding area
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A Q&A with… Maurice Carlin, Clore Visual Artist Fellow

The Salford-based artist Maurice Carlin hopes to use his time as the first-ever Clore Visual Artist Fellow to, among other things, “change perceptions… of what it means to be an artist”. He shares his thoughts on the fellowship, its personal and wider significance, and why artists – and the artist-led sector in particular – need to recognise the importance of good leadership.

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Rachel Anderson (left) and Cis O'Boyle, Idle Women project, Burnley. Photo: Jill Jennings, 2016
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A boat of one’s own: women, art and the wide open canal

Launched on International Women’s Day, the idle women narrowboat will tour the waterways of Lancashire and West Yorkshire until 2017, connecting and initiating art by women throughout the region via a series of floating residencies. Sara Jaspan talks to the women behind the project and finds something to smile about in the midst of Lancashire’s biting council cuts.

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Evertro by Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape at dusk. Photo: Thierry Bal
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Glow in the dark art: new skatepark sheds light on Everton

A recently opened skatepark in Everton Park, Liverpool is the result of a Liverpool Biennial commission of the South Korean artist Koo Jeong A, working with Wheelscape Skateparks and a host other agencies and community groups in the city. Laura Robertson takes a look at this luminous living sculpture and finds out more from the artist.

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Fostering the exchange of ideas & artist collaboration at MSB2015

Organised by Castlefield Gallery Associates in Manchester, Bloc Projects in Sheffield and Extra Special People in Birmingham. The idea behind the three-part residency exchange focuses on providing artists with opportunities for making work in quick, experimental contexts.

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Castlefield relaunch
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Castlefield Gallery relaunches

After a difficult year following the withdrawal of ACE revenue funding, Manchester’s art community shows its support as Castlefield Gallery relaunches.

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