Wigan is a with a strong sense of cultural identity. The town’s position between the two major northern metropoli of Liverpool and Manchester means it can be overlooked in discussions about northern culture and identity. This exhibition celebrates what it means to be from the town that brought the world Wigan Casino, Theodore Major, Gandalf and The Verve. We’ve come a long way from Orwell’s cinder paths and slag heaps, and a new generation is celebrating Wigan’s heritage and culture.
Wigan has inspired generations of artists with its red brick buildings, industrial heritage, mineworks, canals, flashes and of course, people. This celebration of Wigan’s cultural heritage is not an exhaustive list of all the art and artists ever to emerge from our beautiful borough, but rather a collection of our most iconic figures and artworks. It also includes artists and writers born beyond the boundaries of our beautiful borough, but inspired by our landscape and residents to create art of national and international significance.
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We've put together some activities you can do inspired by our exhibition. More will be added over the coming weeks!
MAKE A CARDBOARD CITY
EXPLORE STREET ART THEN DESIGN SOME OF YOUR OWN
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