Mary Griffiths' year-long residency at the former
Astley Green colliery, now a Mining Museum and
home to the last surviving headgear in Lancashire,
became the catalyst for a new body of work. Her
lyrical drawings inspired by the mine and its
machinery, the coal that was dug from the Earth,
and the primeval forests that laid that carbon down
300 million years ago culminated in a critically
acclaimed solo exhibition at the Turnpike in Leigh.
The Turnpike, an extraordinary brutalist gem built
during the end of the coal era opened its doors
with an exhibition of Henry Moore. Helen Stalker
today continues to bring the greatest artists to
our borough with an ambitious programme of
exhibitions, events and educational activities
celebrating the very best in the arts.