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A curious exhibition!
Monday 8th October, 2012

A curious exhibition!
Jane Fairhurst in the Emporium of Curious Objects

A Standish based art studio’s latest exhibition is “curious” to say the least.

Cross Street Arts opened ‘Paula and Jane’s Emporium of Curious Objects’ last week at their gallery opposite the library in Cross Street.

Artists Jane Fairhurst, Chair of Cross Street Arts, and Paula Fenwick are exhibiting and co-curating what they promise will be a stimulating and fascinating show they hope will become the talk of the town.

Jane said: “This has been several years in the making and promises to be of interest to everyone, young and old, male and female, we hope everyone will find something to capture their imagination.”

Both avid collectors of ‘stuff’, Jane and Paula want to share something of their collections and their artwork, alongside invited artists’ work.

Like a museum of curiosities or an old fashioned shop, their Emporium of Curious Objects will be a source of wonderment for all ages; a mix of the fascinating and the curious, the strange and the uncanny, the real and the imagined, the freaky and the downright funny.

Paula added: “We both found we had common ground in our fascination for collecting, so we joined forces to create a ‘cabinet of curiosities for the 21st Century’, which like the cabinets of old include the genuine alongside the illusionary.”

As curators of the exhibition Jane and Paula have invited eight contemporary artists based in the North West to show their work as part of the Emporium of Curious Objects. They include Kat Button, Steve Cunliffe, Steven Heaton, Vikki Hughes, Carys Ann Hughes, Tabitha Moses, Anna F.C. Smith and Neil Warburton.

Complete with real cinema seats, the exhibition also includes a ‘Secret Cinema’ showing a selection of fascinating images collected from across the world and down the ages that have inspired the work of both artists.

The group received an Arts in the Community Grant of £1,000 from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) to put on the exhibition.

Martyn Lucas, Visual Arts Officer for WLCT, said: “This is fabulous and an exciting exhibition and one WLCT are delighted to support.This is a shop window with nothing for sale but plenty to look at!”

The emporium will be open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays between 12noon and 4pm and Saturdays 12 noon until 3pm or by appointment.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 1 December.

For further information contact Jane Fairhurst at Cross Street Arts, Suite 116, The Standish Centre, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan WN6 0HQ or telephone 01257 424 804. Visit www.crossstreetarts.co.uk for more information.

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