We have a dedicated, specialist board of Trustees who volunteer their time to govern Cross Street Arts. Our Trustees are from a variety of backgrounds, you can find out more about the team below.
Liz Chapman is a Wigan-based artist, her artistic practice is an attentive exploration of the treasures found in science and nature.
Chapman graduated with a BA Honours degree in Art History in 2014 and became an Associate Artist with Cross Street Arts in 2016.
Between 2016 – 2018, Chapman coordinated the D:Circus Digital Art Project; a two-year programme funded by Arts Council England and Wigan Council, working with Wigan Libraries and Museums to deliver high quality digital art.
She founded Artist Discuss in 2018, a peer support initiative for artists of all creative background and deliver this on a voluntary basis and in fellowship with TERM Art Classes. Chapman recently set up the Wigan & Leigh Art Map to map Wigan Borough’s artist community.
Jane Fairhurst (Chair)
Jane Fairhurst is a multi disciplinary artist who has chosen an individual, anti-formal direction that co-exists alongside the mainstream, making available useful strategies for negotiating meaning into objects. She circumvents the idea of ‘progress’ and by referencing nature and ancient ritual opens up rich areas of content. Producing objects that mimic the timelessness of authentic ritual objects, which follow a set pattern and remain unaltered over generations creating a reality that is timeless and independent of circumstances.
Simon Kensdale (Secretary)
Studio artist at Cross Street Arts.
Tim is 62 and lives with his partner, Peter in Roby Mill. He has been involved in care for over twenty years in which time has allowed him to obtain an Art and Design foundation at Skelmersdale college, a 1st in Fine Art at LJMU and a Masters degree in Fine Art. He has been a trustee for Cross Street Arts for many years. He is currently researching for subject matter for a Ph.D.
I’m an English graduate so I started professional life as an English/Drama teacher. I escaped the classroom by moving into youth arts development and ended up managing local government projects and finance. I’ve had various non-professional roles – such as being an Arts Council Drama Adviser, sitting as a magistrate and answering the telephone for Citizens Advice. I have – very occasionally – published both poetry and criticism. I read quite widely and I am interested in all aspects of creative activity – especially the performing arts. I play the accordion and speak French and Spanish, though not at the same time…