We have a dedicated, specialist board of Trustees who volunteer their time to govern Cross Street Arts.

Jane Fairhurst

Jane with her textile sculptures ‘Fetishes for Uncertain Times’

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.

Tim Fielding

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.

Nicholas James

Pen portrait by Moos Lommerse, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Nicholas James graduated in Fine Art at Coventry University, before moving to Manchester and gaining invaluable experience as a volunteer at both Castlefield Gallery and Chinese Arts Centre (now CFCCA).

He went on to volunteer with Manchester Modernist Society as a sub-editor on their architecture and design-focused magazine The Modernist, and led a year-long creative residency at the Toastrack building celebrating its unique design and history in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University. 

He returned to Castlefield Gallery and has worked there as its New Art Spaces Coordinator since 2012. New Art Spaces provides pop-up spaces for emerging artists in the North West in which to develop their creative practice, forming an integral part of Castlefield Gallery’s mission to nurture talent, explore cultural trends and promote access to contemporary art. He has been a trustee for Cross Street Arts since March 2019.

Simon Kensdale

Pen portrait by Cheryl Kendrick

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…