Jane Skeer is an emerging contemporary artist who is heavily involved in South Australia’s arts community. Since graduating from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2015, Skeer has been actively exhibiting work throughout South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. Skeer’s calendar for 2018 has been bulging with activity, from collaborating with South African artist Francois Knoetze in February, to activating the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier in April/May. Most recently Skeer has been chosen to represent South Australia at BOAA - the Biennale of Australian Art in Ballarat. This year alone, Skeer has been Artist in Residence at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier and is presently Artist in Residence at Loreto College, Marryatville.
In 2017, Skeer worked at the Adelaide Festival Centre as the Artist in Residence for both, the DreamBIG Festival and the SALA Festival, which was proudly supported by the Burnside City Council. Her work, Flyers, earnt her the 2017 SALA Emerging Artist Award. In June 2017, she participated in a mentorship with the City of Tea Tree Gully - IGNITE public art incubator and installed her first public art work in the main street of Port Pirie.
Jane Skeer works predominantly in sculpture and installation, creating work in response to her observations of people, objects and materials. Skeer re-presents discarded objects, highlighting the vitality she sees in them. A repetitive production process allows her the time and space to contemplate the material and work collaboratively with it to activate it in some way. Through her work, Skeers intention is to prompt us to rethink our relationship with the redundant, seeking to prove that the unwanted is in fact useful.