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Lives and works on the Isle of Skye

After studying architecture in Dublin and Hull, Caroline Dear worked as an architect and landscape architect in a number of countries before focusing full time on art in 1998.

Within her practice Dear explores our relationship with the natural world and the subtle connections that exist between our inner selves and the outer physical landscape. With her simple forms, often incorporating local plant life, she aims to communicate the intangible essence of a place and the intrinsic fundamentals of sea, rock and earth.  She uses various media and creates works which range from artist’s books to sculptural installations.


Selected Exhibitions


Belladrum festival – sculpture installation

entwined / suainte Inverness Museum and Art gallery, Scotland

SNH Great Glen house, Inverness

Fire, Ice, Myth and Legend, Perth theatre, Scotland

Conserving Ecologies, Craft and Biodiversity Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh


RSA open 2010 Edinburgh

‘Heartwood10’ sculpture trail, Blairgowrie, Scotland

‘Shoot’ An Talla Solais, Ullapool

‘All wired up’ SDC gallery, London

Group exhibition, Contemporary gallery croissant, Brussels


‘Heartwood09′ sculpture trail, Blairgowrie, Scotland


‘Scottish Photographers Northern Cell’ – Inchmore Gallery, Inverness

‘Wall Works’ – Eden Court theatre (commissioned one off piece), Inverness

‘In transit’ – PVAF Perth

Selected Residencies and Awards


Cove park residency

RSA residency award for Scotland (with Edinburgh printmakers)

Making progress – Hi-arts award and exhibition


Residency at Saari residence, Finland (Scottish / Finnish artists) with Cromarty arts trust


Scottish Arts Council Creative and Professional Development grant