Wigan and Leigh

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Activation 1 at The Turnpike, Leigh

Collaboration Fallen Angels Dance Theatre with Fran Disley commissioned by The Turnpike, art gallery in Leigh.

FADT Leigh recovery community group is gathering online and preparing for the 2nd phase of this project with Fran Disley. Watch this space or contact [email protected] for more information

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Activations are moments at The Turnpike when artists come together to experiment, create with communities and begin new work. Often interdisciplinary in their approach, an Activation allows the gallery to become a live testing ground for new ways of making art towards positive social impact.

Through the medium of dance, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre support people in recovery from addiction and have developed a process of using The Turnpike’s visual art programme to inspire and inform their sessions. For Activation:01, artist Frances Disley will work in collaboration with the Leigh branch of Fallen Angels Dance Theatre to enhance the experience of the participants in their weekly sessions at The Turnpike.

To be shared with the broader community, offering an alternative approach to addiction recovery through social prescribing. 

Previous Projects

Leigh group pre performance at Dance Works – Greater Manchester Dance Platform

Fallen Angels started working in Wigan and Leigh in 2012. Supporting  people in recovery from addiction and adversity we are currently based at the Turnpike, a gallery/arts centre based above the library in the centre of Leigh.

Previous Project: Rising Angels

Body and Mind Workshops will be a series of fun physical activities and games for local people in recovery from addiction to break down barriers and build trust, the group is hoping to introduce new people to their activities during this time, and develop a taster workshop for vulnerable people.

Performance: Expression Leigh performed “Lumen” 10th March  as part of “Danceworks”, Dance Manchester and University of Salford’s Greater Manchester Dance Platform.

Social:  The group and their families will be attending a performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet at The Lowry in March…

Thanks to The Lowry and BRB for supporting our group to attend.

This project is made possible through support from Wigan Council Community Investment Fund “The Deal”.

Previous Projects: No Man’s Land

Taster workshop: 9th November

Dance Theatre Project: from 23rd November – 12th January

Expression Leigh will explore and respond to the Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition at Turnpike Gallery.

No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the First World War, featuring images taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as contemporary artists directly inspired by the conflict. Commemorating the First World War Centenary, No Man’s Land features photographs by three women of the epoch, alongside three women making work a century later.

Wild Honey project  April – July 2018

Expression Leigh explored and responded to the exhibition by Artist Mary Griffiths.

“Darkness and brilliance, the intense colours of engine and landscape, the steady work of a wild beehive – all shape the art that Griffiths shows here.”

“Make your Mark”

was a collaboration with Cartwheel Arts the project culminated in an exhibition and performances on 10th and 31st March  at the newly relaunched Turnpike Gallery in Leigh you can view the short film about the project here created by Brave Day Films.


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