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