I am a studio based artist working in a range of media using whichever medium allows me to best express what I want to say. I draw, paint, work in mixed media and with textiles and create installations.
There is a strong narrative element to my work and my subject matter includes environmental, political and social issues in contemporary society. My work is often darkly humorous.
Research is central to my practice and I gather both visual and written information to support my ideas. A piece of work may come together quite quickly but it is often the product of several years of thinking. Important too is the collecting of objects be they artifact or organic material that may be used as part of an installation or included in an individual artwork.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2010 - MFA with Distinction, Liverpool JMU Academy of Art, Liverpool. 2016 Shortlisted for and exhibitor in Greater Manchester Arts Prize exhibition. Hand Maid, Hoxton Gallery Shoreditch London, The Transit of Venus, solo exhibition, Calver Gallery Bradford,Yorks, Migrate A6 Dialogue, Wigan, Alternative Nature, Congelton, Cheshire, 2015 The Atkinson, Southport, New Mills Art Fair. Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk. A6 Dialogue, Bankley stuios and Gallery, Manchester. Testing Space, Pyramid Gallery, Warrington. all about drawing, Bank Quay House, Warrington. Knitted Curiosities, Hazelhurst Studios Runcorn, Cross Street Arts At World of Glass, St Helens, Go Figure and Draw Your Own Conclusions, AWAH Gallery, Altrincham, Cheshire. 2014 Bridewell Studios and Gallery, Liverpool, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Solo exhibitions 2013 'Small Mythologies for the New Era, VAC Gallery, Northwich, Cheshire, 2012 - 'Paula and Jane's Emporium of Curious Objects', Cross Street Gallery, Cross Street Standish Wigan WN6 0HQ 2011 - 'Rise Up and Build', Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, West Lancs, L39 4QR 2010 - Transition, Gallery Oldham, Oldham 2009 - 'Freefall Series', Panacea, Manchester 2008 - 'Un-Natural Selection', Lowry Hotel - Comme Ca Exhibition, Salford, Manchester 2007 - Jane Fairhurst, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston 2006 - 'Colour Box Series', Cornerhouse Projects, Manchester Group exhibitions 2011 - WE ARE HERE, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh WN7 1EB 2010 - MA Fine Art, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool 2010 - Turnpike Open, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Leigh 2009 - 'TEN years' - OK Studios, Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan 2008 - 'Migration', Contemporary Urban Centre - Red Dot Exhibition, Greenland Street, Liverpool Curated projects 2012 - 'Paula and Jane's Emporium of Curious Objects', Cross Street Gallery, Cross Street Standish Wigan WN6 0HQ Projects 2002 - Studio based professional artist and administrator, OK Studios Charitable Limited Company, Standish, Wigan Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Fairhurst_Fielding collaborative sculpture-first prize, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, West Lancs 2005 - Objects of Desire-3D prize, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Greater Manchester 2005 - West Lancashire Open-First Prize, Chapel gallery, Ormskirk, West Lancashire Site specific 2008 - Site specific collaborative practice-Fairhurst_Fielding, JMU Academy of Art, Liverpool