Articles, Reviews, Media & Citations

“It is compelling art work that Frere achieved with aplomb.”
 Ica Wahbeh. The Jordan Times
Selection of reviews for Return of the Soul – the Nakbah Project, Edinburgh, East Jerusalem, Beirut and Amman 2008

Selected reviews and articles

“Social prescribing for dementia: The compositional development of artist Jane Frere’s piece entitled D-IAGNOSIS! Arts to Preserve Wellbeing was a parable of intellectual expansion inspired by creative opportunity. Frere, who cared for a family member throughout their journey with dementia, provided a lesson for us all.”
Burns & Gallagher The Lancet Neurology Vol 20 Issue 9 Sept 2021 DOI:

The Scotsman Art review: RSA Annual Exhibition 2020 – Online
“Jane Frere’s Listen, Silent – the words are anagrams of each other – is a very fine piece of painting mimicking graffiti, but is also directly topical, and indeed, polemical. Against a red ground, two ravens, birds of ill omen, seem to have their beaks sewn up, while words like “listen,” “silence” and “violence” are scratched in the paint.” – Duncan MacMillan 19th April 2020

EXIT100 days of khaos!
“….a passionate, angry work, unashamed to take up a position” – Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman Arts Review, August 17 2019

The Scotsman Interview: Jane Frere: In The Shadow of the Wall, Woodend Barn Gallery, Banchory. November 2010


My work as an art activist, in particular with reference to the Nakbah Project, has attracted academic interest. Here are some recent citations/references:

Extract from Art Institutions and nationalism in Liminal Spaces 2006-2009 Editors: Eyal Danon, Galit Eilat………

“The anniversary of the Nakba (‘catastrophe’) was marked on May 15, 2008; art institutions in Palestine also responded to this anniversary: several exhibitions were held in addition to numerous panel discussions, film screenings and demonstrations in Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon as well as supporting events in Europe, the USA, and Canada. For example, the Palestinian Art Court – Al Hoash Gallery in East Jerusalem showed a project by Scottish artist Jane Frere. Her symbolically charged work Return of the Soul – The Nakba Project consisted of more than 3,000 wax figurines fixed to the ceiling of the exhibition space. “This sculpture is representing people who had to flee their homes in a state of terror,” Frere said in relation to the events of 1948.” * Jane Frere, “The Journey of the Soul”, This Week in Palestine 121, May 2008.

Bashir Bashir & Amos Goldberg (eds.), The Holocaust and the Nakba: Memory, National Identity and Arab-Jewish Partnership

(The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute 2015[Return of the Soul installation cover image]

Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency
Santiago Zabala, Columbia University Press, New York, 2017 – see extract below
Referenced in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 2 March 2018

Ashjan Ajour – Return of the Soul referenced in…Cultural Politics – Duke University. July 2021

The Nakbah Project/Return of the Soul images in L.A. Tcholakian ‘Transgenerational transmission of collective trauma’ Ph.D thesis.. #phd

Extract from Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency, Santiago Zabala:

Courtesy of Santiago Zabala ©