Artist and theatre designer Jane Frere has worked in a variety of media over many years. She began painting professionally whilst living in Greece, prior to studying at the Central St Martin's College of Art and Design and postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL).
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and arts venues at home and abroad, and hangs in several private collections. Her major installation, Return of the Soul, was acclaimed by Scotland's leading art critic during the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2008 and her 30-piece solo exhibition of paintings, In the Shadow of the Wall, was unveiled along with the premiere in 2010 of 'emails from Palestine', composed by David Ward in response to Jane's messages while living behind the separation wall.
Alongside her career as an artist and theatre designer, Jane Frere gained an international reputation over many years as a bold producer of radical theatre introducing cutting edge international performance to wider world attention, particularly at the Edinburgh festivals, the City of London Festival and the National Theatre, London, as well as pioneering outdoor outreach performances in the Scottish Highlands including staging a show in darkness on the slopes of Cairngorm.
Many of Jane's large scale paintings, using oils, acrylics and various mixed media, reflect her response to her troubling experience living behind the apartheid wall in the West Bank.
For her celebrated installation Return of the Soul, Jane devised the concept, undertook planning and development, and raised substantial funding internationally for a major artistic collaboration - the Nakbah Project - which began with a journey to a concentration camp in Poland and led to Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon.
The resulting monumental artwork - a multimedia installation now comprising more than 7,000 suspended wax figures - was accompanied by a soundscape, written testimonies and video recordings of interviews with Palestinian individuals and families displaced in the "Nakbah" in 1948. The project was undertaken in collaboration with the Al Hoash Gallery in East Jerusalem, with major support from the Welfare Association, UNRWA, and many other partner galleries and organizations as well as generous individual patrons.
Now combining painting, printmaking and conceptual installations, Jane has her studio overlooking Loch Ness.