Jane Fairhurst gained her Masters Degree in Fine Art with distinction from Liverpool Art and Design Academy in 2010.
Her practice encompasses a wide range of media including drawing, painting, mixed media and traditional ‘craft’ skills.
Often using ethnographic artifacts as her starting point she makes work that explores the transformative power of art to question all manner of issues in contemporary society, making connections between past and present.
Research is central to her practice and she gathers both visual and written information to support her ideas. In this context she has for the past few years conducted research into amulets, talismans and female goddess occurance globally.
Combining her fine art craft skills and a wicked sense of humour she focuses upon her chosen subject be it the environment, feminism, global politics or societal issues.
She has worked collaoratively with artists and curators, museums and galleries to bring together diverse and vibrant exhibitions. She is the founder member of Cross Street Arts studio group based in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
She has exhibited in solo, group and collaborative exhibition for over twenty years and has work in private collections around the world.
In 2016 her work was selected for the Greater Manchester Art Prize Exhibition.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2010 - MFA with Distinction, Liverpool JMU Academy of Art, Liverpool. 2017 Material Matters, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, Small Worlds, Mono, PSMirabel, Manchester, Strange Little Things, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, Heather Hill Gallery, Connemara, Eire, Wigan Arts Festival, Reality Removed, Gallery One, World of Glass, St Helens, She Will Need Her Sisterhood, Floating Gallery, Leeds, T'Art, Bones and Pearl Gallery, London, 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