Sequoia Barnes: Gateway

Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Reminiscent of a shrine, a quilt forms the centerpiece of an installation that manifests a material and tactile approach to communicate with ghosts. In a new textile installation Sequoia Barnes seeks answers to her questions about the journey sculptor Edmonia Lewis and Frederick Douglass made to Naples in 1887.

The exact reason and details of the trip are not documented, leaving room to speculate as to what happened. Into this liminal space Barnes summons the spirits of Lewis and Douglass folding their desires into a quilt made with previously owned textiles. Gateway acts as a passage to the afterlife formed between two understandings of the underworld.

The artist would like to encourage visitors to leave offerings/objects of goodwill to these two spirits to encourage communication between us and the afterlife. 

Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland. Our Commissions Programme is kindly supported by the Patrons of our Commissioning Circle.

Sequoia Barnes: Gateway


Sequoia Barnes


Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Patrick Geddes Steps, Castle Wynd South, EH1 2PW

0131 226 6558

Opening times

29 July – 29 August


10am – 5pm

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Free, advance booking advised, drop-ins welcome (limited capacity)

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Accessibility Information

Please note that Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden has limited accessibility due to it only being accessible via steps. If you have any questions please get in touch with our team – 0131 226 6558.

Associate Artist Programme

We are delighted to collaborate with artist, film-maker and programmer Tako Taal, to present a series of artists’ projects for the 2021 commissions programme.

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Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Patrick Geddes Steps, Castle Wynd South, EH1 2PW

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