Jane Fairhurst (b. Liverpool 1953), based in Greater Manchester, studied for her Diploma in Art and Design at Liverpool Art College in the early 1970’s and continued as a practicing artist whilst raising her family and working as an artist educator and curating and exhibiting. She received her MFA with distinction from Liverpool John Moores Art and Design Academy in 2010.
She received 3D prize at Turnpike Gallery, Leigh 2005 and twice received first prize in Lancashire Art Prize 2005 and 2007. She was shortlisted for National Open Art Prize 2017, was a selected artist for Greater Manchester Art Prize 2016 and 2019 and selected for Beep International Painting Prize 2018 and 2022.
I was selected for the first Castlefield Gallery/GMCA funded bOlder Artist Development programme for older artists in 2019 and have since exhibited both individually and as part of Ten Obstructions artists’ group.
Fairhurst established Cross Street Arts, a Greater Manchester based studio group from 1999 and has continued to work from her studio there and is currently a trustee of the group.
In a career spanning over forty years, and working across a range of media, she has exhibited solo and in mixed exhibitions across the UK and has worked with art galleries and museums to develop multi media exhibitions.
Fairhurst is represented by Saul Hay Fine Art, an independent art gallery based in Manchester and is an alumni of Turps Art School, London.
2022-23 In The Making, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford
2022 BEEP International Painting Prize, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2022 sixty Drawings +Ten, The Whitaker, Rossendale, Lancashire
2022 Flora Flora, Fronteer arts, Sheffield
2021 Obstructions, Castlefield Gallery, Salford, Manchester