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The Fire Within

The Galleries | TFW HQ and Emoji Stage | Wigan




9th – 15th November 2020: 11am & 3pm

We need you help to reignite The Fire Within, whilst we are closed for lockdown. For Maths Week and to honour Alan Turing, who features in our latest exhibition, each day this week at 11am The Fire Within will post a #CodeBreakerChallenge to crack on our social media channels. We will then reveal the answer at 3pm. Find it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Love is a Rebellious Bird

Love is a Rebellious Bird

Previous exhibition: November 2019 - August 2020

Launching across 4 installation spaces curator’s AL and AL bring together artists from across the region to re-open the heart of Wigan town centres ground breaking new public space for culture to make actions, statements, protests and dream up a new world we can all share and fall in love with. Read more about the exhibition.

Recycled Paper Love Bird Making Workshop

Recycled Paper Love Bird Making Workshop

Saturday 22nd February 2020: 11.30am - 1.30pm

We’re hosting a Crafts Workshop with Artist: Liz Chapman to end half-term. Create these beautiful Love Birds using upcycled wrapping paper. Liz’s plastic Love Nests in #TheFireWithin also raise the issue of waste in our world today. ‬

Emoji Print Making Workshops

Emoji Print Making Workshops

18th - 22nd February 2020: 11am - 2pm

We are having creative drop-in sessions all week long during half term where you can print your own emoji face. Bring your own clothing to give it a fresh feel or use our material scraps for your own keepsake. Visit The Fire Within HQ between 11-12 and 1-2 Mon-Sat.

Brave screening

International Women’s Day Celebration and Brave: Family Film Matinee

Saturday 7th March 2020: 11am

Stand together as sisters with us today and celebrate International Women’s Day down here at The Fire Within! Hear from our incredibly dedicated CEO Alison McKenzie-Folan from Wigan Council, see the fabulously talented WigLe Dance, hear the brilliantly bold Louise Fazackerly and the Sunshine House Writers Group. Then we have an empowering statement from of #Herstory from our Youth Cabinet, Tania Allard will highlight the shortage of women in tech, Al and Al will explain our current ”Love is a Rebellious Bird” exhibition, Ghislaine Howard will give a tour of her artwork, before Leigh Film screen Disney Pixar’s Brave!

Kung Fu Panda screening

Kung Fu Panda screening

Saturday 1st February 2020: 1pm

Come celebrate Chinese New Year with us as Leigh Film Society will be screening Kung Fu Panda at 1pm on Saturday 1st February. Free entry.

Mary Poppins Returns screening

Mary Poppins Returns screening

Saturday 2nd January 2020: 1pm

Leigh Film Society will bring Disney's Mary Poppins Returns to be screened across the Emoji Stage.

Holocaust Memorial Activities

Holocaust Memorial Activities

Saturday 25th January 2020: 11am - 3pm

An Art Installation at The Fire Within as well as a "Drop-In" Session where there will be an opportunity for anyone to write a reflection in a flame template which will be made into one "Giant" Flame showing how we can all "Stand Together" against discrimination.

Holocaust Memorial Service

Friday 24th January 2020: 2pm - 3pm

Wigan Borough’s commemorations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 will take place on Friday 24th January at The Fire Within. The theme this year is ‘Stand Together’ and marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Brass Ensemble with Bolton Music Service

Saturday 21st December: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Christmas-themed Brass Band Performance in The Fire Within HQ.

Christmas Choir Festival

Christmas Choir Festival

Saturday 14th December: 11am - 3pm

Join us for Christmas Choir Festival at TFW HQ. The event will feature performances from St James School Choir, Wigan & Leigh Performing Arts Choir, Manchester Camerata Choir, Lifelines Choir, Community Choir, Age UK Choir.

Louise Fazackerley Book Launch

Louise Fazackerley Book Launch

Friday 13th December: 6.30pm

Join us for the book launch of 'The Lolitas' by Louise Fazackerley at TFW HQ.

Joann Fletcher Egyptian Talk

Joann Fletcher Egyptian Talk

Monday 9th December: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

We are thrilled to announce the fabulous Joann Fletcher will be giving a lecture hosted by the Museum of Wigan Life! Join us for an evening of Lost Queens, Female Pharaohs and much more.

Nightmare Before Christmas screening

Nightmare Before Christmas: Family Film Matinee

Saturday 7th December: 1pm - 3pm

Leigh Film Society will bring Nightmare Before Christmas to be screened across the Emoji Stage.

Beauty and the Beast Pantomime

Beauty and the Beast Pantomime by Wigan and Leigh College

Thursday 5th December: 11am - 6pm

The Fire Within is excited to host the super talented performing arts students from Wigan and Leigh College who will be performing 'Beauty and the Beast'! Pantomime matinee at 1pm and evening at 5pm - Free Entry.

Setting Fires: Raising Aspirations through Culture hosted by ENGAGE

Wednesday 20th November: 1.30pm - 4pm

Join Engage North West for a meeting exploring insights into the early development of the Cultural Manifesto, and consider the role of art and artists in shaping, transforming and repurposing public policies and spaces.

Pocahontas screening

Pocahontas screening

Saturday 2nd November: 1pm

Leigh Film Society will bring Disney's Pocahontas to be screened across the Emoji Stage.

Halloween workshop

"Halloween" Themed Artist Workshop with Anna F C Smith

Saturday 26th October: 12noon - 2pm

Join artist Anna FC Smith in creating something spooky at our family friendly Halloween themed workshop.

Sushi Skills

Sushi Skills

Friday 25th October: 11.30am - 1pm

FREE for all ages. Come along to The Little Kitchen and have a go at rolling your very own Sushi! Learn about one of our Borough ‘Icons’, Leigh born Kathleen Mary Drew Baker, whose discoveries led to the efficient farming of seaweed for Sushi Nori. Book your place

Creative Family Fun

The Artist Within - Creative Drop In

Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October: 11am - 3pm

Come along to the galleries, get inspired, and independently explore your creative skills. Resources are provided, and TFW team will be on hand for any help or guidance you may need.

Parent and baby classes

Tuesday 22nd October: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Free community session for parents and babies up to two years old. Come along with your little ones to light up The Fire Within and make some noise at Wigan's amazing Emoji Stage.

WigLe Dance Studio auditions

Saturday 12th October: 11am

Dancing on the emoji ceiling at HQ. Will the stars align for your WN Dance company audition? Anyone aged 12-21 is welcome to the dance workshops. No preparation is needed, just your dancing shoes.

Leigh Film Society Family Matinee

Saturday 5th October: 1pm

Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Leigh Film Society and COSPLAY

Saturday 7th September: 11am - 3pm

Costume Competition and Spiderman Screening.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Gathering

Monday 2nd September: 2pm - 5pm

The gathering will be taking place at TFW HQ.

Al and Al Public Tour of TFW

Al and Al Public Tour of TFW

Saturday 31st August: 12.30pm - 2.30pm

A guided tour through the exhibitions at TFW in the Galleries.

Zach Carpenter: Folk Singer/Songwriter and Local Busker

Saturday 17th August: 12.30pm

Come and watch local talent Zach perform at TFW HQ.

Wigan Pride

Saturday 10th August: 1pm

Wigan will host Wigan Pride on Saturday 10th August and the whole community is invited to come along and enjoy the day.

Disney's Dumbo

Saturday 3rd August: 1pm

Come and watch Dumbo taking flight in Tim Burton's reimagining of Disney masterpiece at Family Matinee screening. Free entry.

Saxophonist Matthew Dickman

Saturday 27th July: 1pm

Dissolve into the dreamy sax sounds of summer from Matthew Dickman.

Premiere of Restorative Justice Film with Odd Arts

Tuesday 23rd July: 1pm - 3pm

Watch the film which will be screened at TFW HQ.

WigLe Dance Festival

Saturday 20th July: 11am - 3pm

The dance festival will be held at TFW HQ.

GMP Police Symphonic Wind Band

Saturday 13th July: 12.30 - 12.45pm

Come and watch the GMP Police Symphonic Wind Band play at TFW HQ.

The Lion King

Saturday 5th July: 1pm

Can you feel the love tonight? The world in perfect harmony, with all its living things. The Lion King takes us on a journey of love, courage and destiny. Walt Disney made films for the child within us.

Livia Lazar Photography

Monday 1st July: 11am - 3pm

Livia Lazar, AL and AL, Anna FC Smith, Aaron Pearce, Dustin Lyon.


Saturday 29th June: 11am - 2pm

Michael Howard Lecture on Theodore Major.


Saturday 22nd June: 1pm

Open mic poetry with Louise Fazackerley and writers from INK INC.


Saturday 15th June: 1pm

Poetry with Louise Fazackerley and the writers from Sunshine House.

Inside Out

Saturday 8th June: 12.30pm

Leigh Film Society Childrens Matinee.

Exhibition Tour

Saturday 1st June: 1.30pm

A public tour with Al & Al with Sun Curves performing on the Emoji stage.


Monday 20th May: 1pm

Poetry with Louise Fazackerley.

Music and Art

Saturday 18th May: 1.30pm

The Surgeiacs will be performing on the Emoji Stage followed by Wigan College Performing Arts group.

The Fire Within Festival

Saturday 11th May: 10am - 3pm

The official launch of The Fire Within Festival and the grand opening of all the exhibitions.