Colour in Absence Exhibition and Open Studios 2019

Colour in Absence
Cross Street Arts
30th Nov
11am – 8pm

Cross Street Arts Christmas exhibition, Open Studios and market stall done in conjunction with Standish Christmas Market.

Cross Street Arts are creating their own white Christmas by erasing colour from their palette. All the works in this exhibition play with the inanimate concepts of white, the blank materials and forms that an artist starts with, the supposed purity of white, its many shades, and its materialisations in the natural world. Without colour the show will celebrate texture and shadow. 11-6pm After party 6-8pm.

Open Studios 11-6pm. Come upstairs and see the artists work spaces and works in progress, alongside new works by our associate artists on the corridors.


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Andy Smith seeks submissions

Associate artist Andy Smith has taken up residence in our gallery to explore ‘a post-truth world without icons’. As part of his residency he is asking members of the public and artists to add their own national icon to his five pound note template. Any person, object, phenomena, concept is allowed. Submissions can be sent to subject heading ‘icon’. They will be exhibited as part of his final 1 day exhibition on 23rd June 10am-9pm coinciding with our open studios.

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Boxing Day Wigan. Anna FC Smith research

Anna FC Smith is researching the origins of Wigan’s Boxing Day fancy dress custom. Get in touch with your earliest memories of boxing day fancy dress, and send any photos of your costumes and nights out to

The project is part of the Arts Council funded project at Wigan Libraries, ‘Imago’ #imagowigan

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The Transit of Venus. Jane Fairhurst

Jane Fairhurst has a solo show exploring her interest in the female deity at The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan. The exhibition is open until the 20th January 2018. 

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There Ought to be a Place, Phil Lancaster

Cross Street Arts is thrilled to present the first solo show by photographer Phil Lancaster. The exhibition is a series of portraits of the service users at the Marie Trust, Glasgow, where Lancaster still volunteers. These honest and direct portraits capture the humanity, individuality and personality of some of the most marginalised in our society. The exhibition is raising money for The Brick, Wigan and The Marie Trust homeless charities. The show opens Friday 12th Jan 2018, 7-9pm. It is open till the 26th of January by appointment. Please email or ring the studios to arrange a visit after the 12th.

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Satanic Panic

Head down to The Old Courts tonight for some spooky shenanigans at ‘Manic Panic’ an arts event curated by George Hale and Amy Cecilia Leigh. 7.30-9.00pm.

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Intimate Exhibition

This is your last weekend to see the beautifully curated ‘Intimate exhibition’ at The Old Courts, Wigan. If you haven’t seen it already, do make sure you pay a visit open 11-4pm.


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