I work in a variety of media and focus upon research into ancient belief systems whose resonance is found in contemporary cultures to inform my work.
The starting point for my recent paintings are a series of textile sculptures I have been developing as fetish objects; part of my investigation into the traditional belief in the protective qualities of cloth and the use of charms and amulet devices as protection against the unknown and the acknowledgement of the enduring association of the female in the production of cloth.
I have chosen to use my own textile sculptures as still life subject matter in order to create intriguing images that are richly decorated with pattern and embroidery and amulet devices and using chiaroscuro effects to create depth and emphasise modelling.
I’ve been a practicing professional artist for over 30 years and gained my MFA with distinction from Liverpool John Moores University in 2010.
I was selected for Beep International Painting Prize in 2018, shortlisted for the NOA Prize in 2017 and a selected artist for the Greater Manchester Art Prize in 2016 and 2019.
I am a founder member (1999) and a trustee of Cross Street Arts studio group, based in Wigan, Greater Manchester and have worked collaboratively with artists, curators, museums and galleries to bring together diverse and vibrant exhibitions during three decades.
CV & Education
Artist living and working in Greater Manchester
Studio holder and trustee Cross Street Arts, Standish, Wigan
Castefield Gallery Associate
Suite studio Group Associate
Member of Wirral Society of Arts
2010 Masters Degree in Fine Art with Distinction, Liverpool JMU Academy of Art and Design.
Exhibition selection committee member
West Lancashire Open 2007, 2010, 2016
West Lancashire Art Prize winner 2005 & 2007
2005 3D Prize, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh.
Greater Manchester Art Prize 2016 - selected artist
National Open Art Prize 2017 - shortlisted
Selected Exhibitions 2010-2018
Aesthetica Magazine, artist of the week, artist’ directory
Unto This Last, Wigan Arts Festival, Isherwood Gallery, The Old Courts, curator and exhibitor
Beep Wales International Painting Prize, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, selected artist
Twice as Nice, PSMirabel, Manchester, selected artist
Size Matters, Gallery One, World of Glass, St. Helens, selected artist
Intoline, Wigan Arts Festival, Isherwood Gallery, The Old Courts, Wigan, selected artist
Something Called Home, King Street Studios, Lancaster, selected artist
The Transit of Venus, Isherwood Gallery, The Old courts, Wigan, solo exhibition
The Transit of Venus, Isherwood Gallery, The Old Courts, Wigan, solo exhibition
Curiosity, AIR Gallery, Altrincham, invited artist
Anniversary Exhibition, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, invited artist
Halloween, The Old Courts, Wigan, invited artist
Art Across, in conversation with Sara Riccardi at Saul Hay Gallery
Material Matters, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, invited artist
Nasty Women Wigan, Cross Street Gallery, selected artist
New Mills Art Festival, Derbyshire, selected artist
Warrington Contemporary, selected artist
Small Worlds, PS Mirabel, Manchester, selected artist
Cross Street Arts at The Atkinson, Southport
Strange Little Things, Bankley Gallery, Manchester
Museum Night, Wigan Museum of Life, selected artist
Jane Fairhurst paintings and drawings, Heather Hill Gallery, Connemara, Eire, invited artist
Something Black, Cultivate, London, selected artist
Placement v Process, Wigan Arts Festival, Cross Street Arts at The Isherwood Gallery, Wigan
Reality Removed, World of Glass, St Helens, selected artist
She will need her sisterhood, The Floating Gallery, Leeds, selected artist
T’Art, Sweet’Art exhibition, Bones and Pearl Gallery, London, selected artist
Mono, PS Mirabel, Manchester, selected artist
Reality on the Edge, PS Mirabel, Manchester, selected artist
Warrington Contemporary arts Festival, selected artist
Wigan Arts Festival, Cross Street Arts , Isherwood Gallery, The Old Courts, Wigan
New Mills Arts Festival, High Peak, Derbyshire, selected artist
She wearesweet’art 47/49 Tanner Street, Bermondsey, London, selected artist
West Lancs Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, selector and exhibitor
Spectrum, PS Mirabel, Manchester, selected artist
GM Arts Prize 2016 Summer Exhibition, Manchester, selected artist
A6 Dialogue at Cross Street Arts, curator and exhibitor
Alternate Nature, Electric Picture House, Congelton, Cheshire, selected artist
The Transit of Venus, Calver Gallery, South Square Centre, Thornton, Bradford, solo exhibition
Hand Maid Wearesweetart for International Women’s Week, Hoxton Arches Gallery, Shoreditch, London, selected artist