Jane Frere

Opening Doors, Opening Minds


Jane Frere is a visual artist working with paint, pastel and printmaking. She originally trained and worked as a theatre designer. Her large-scale mural, the Protest Mask Project is installed in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre foyer at Summerhall and she was part of our Fringe 2019 visual arts programme with Exit – 100 days of khaos!

Jane’s work is already part of the building but for this commission she had to make something which considered Summerhall from a distance. She has created a new maquette which combines cut out prints from past works, miniature model fragments of Summerhall architectural features, and drawings that relate to its past and present.


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The shadow box is a result of nostalgia. As I pored over the past decade of Open Minds, Open Doors brochures, memories of intense human activity and spirit came alive. Within the winding labyrinth of corridors, behind every door and opening a surprise.

Amongst the silhouetted shadows of thronging audiences past the indefatigable figure of Robert McDowell and his dog while Ricky (Richard Demarco) is near by. The work is a tribute to Edinburgh’s visionary figures as we wait with bursting souls and eager hearts for doors and minds to open once again.

Jane Frere