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Jane Fairhurst

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Jane Fairhurst’s work encompasses a wide range of media including drawing, painting, mixed media, textiles and sculpture to create installations and site-specific works. She uses the media most appropriate to her narrative. Her work is often darkly humorous.

Through collection and making she constructs fictitious artefacts and creates installations that respond to all manner of objects including ethnographic artefacts found in museum collections and makes her own interpretations with reference to environmental, political and social issues in contemporary society.

Research is central to her practice and she gathers both visual and written information to support her ideas. A piece of work may come together quite quickly but is often the product of several years of thinking.

She has worked as a collaborative artist and curator with museums, galleries and artists to bring together diverse and vibrant exhibitions. She is a founder member, studio holder and trustee of Cross Street Arts studio group based in Greater Manchester.

The transformation of found objects is central to her practice; "Using objects that have had a previous life, a history, satisfies both my need to tread a little lighter on the earth and my fascination with the process of transfiguration of objects from their origins into art; a contemporary alchemy."

 

CV:

 

Education

                2010 MFA with Distinction, Liverpool JMU Academy of Art, Liverpool

Employment

                To Date Self Employed Professional Artist/ Director of Office Kollective Contemporary Arts, Standish Wigan WN5 7BG

Awards

                2009 Fairhurst_Fielding collaborative sculpture-first prize, West Lancs Art Prize

                2005 3D prize ‘Objects of Desire’- Turnpike Gallery, Leigh

                2005 West Lancashire Art Prize -  First Prize

Site specific

                2008 Site specific collaborative practice-Fairhurst_Fielding, JMU Academy of Art, Liverpool

Solo exhibitions include:

  • 2016 'The Transit of Venus', Calver Gallery, Bradford
  • 2013 'Small Mythologies for the New Era', VAC Gallery, Northwich, Cheshire
  • 2012 'Paula and Jane's Emporium of Curious Objects', CSA Gallery, Standish
  • 2011 'Rise Up and Build', Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • 2010 'Transition', Gallery Oldham, Oldham
  • 2009 'Freefall Series', Panacea, Manchester
  • 2008 'Un-Natural Selection', Lowry Hotel, Salford
  • 2007 'Jane Fairhurst' at Harris Museum&Art Gallery, Preston
  • 2007 'Freefall Series', Blackburn Museum&Art Gallery, 
  • 2006 'Colour Box Series', Cornerhouse, Manchester

Group exhibitions include:

  • 2016 Greater Manchester Arts Prize 2016, Chamber of Commerce, Manchester
  • 2015 'Testing Space' Pyramid Gallery, Warrington
  • 2014 Bankley Open Call, Bankley studios and Gallery, Manchester
  • 'Searching: Unexpected Treasures' Bridewell Studios and Gallery, Liverpool
  • 2013 'The Jester Project' , interpreting music, Bristol
  • 2011 WE ARE HERE, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
  • 2010 MA Fine Art, Liverpool Biennial
  • 2010 ‘Beyond the Serious’ Stoke Newington, London
  • 2009 'TEN years'  Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan
  • 2008 'Migration', Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool.

 

Website address:www.janefairhurst.co.uk

 

Sculpture and installation

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