[ bio & CV ]
Carol Dunbar lives and works in Harray, Orkney.
1958 Born in Scotland.
1975 - 1979 Edinburgh College of Art, Diploma of Art (Tapestry).
1979 Andrew Grant Travel Award (USA).
1979 - 1980 Edinburgh
College of Art, Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction.
1980 Andrew Grant Travel Award (Japan).
1999 Scottish Arts Council - Award for Individual Development
2001 Scottish Arts Council - Shortlisted - Creative Scotland
2001 Scottish Arts Council - Award for Individual Development
visit to Budapest, Hungary.
2001 Scottish Arts Council/Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- Highlands and Islands Artists Award (£482) towards material
and exhibition costs.
2002 The Theo Moorman Charitable Trust - Award
to research and develop new large scale work (£4500).
2003 Scottish Parliament - Shortlisted - Textile Commission for
new Parliament Building, Holyrood.
[ professional bodies ]
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness,
Scottish Arts Council - Creative Arts Committee.
Crafts Council - SAC Observer.
[ professional experience ]
2004 Artist Lecture, Shetland Arts Trust, Lerwick, Shetland.
2003 - 2004 'Out of Schools' project. Leading a series of visual
arts workshops funded by ‘New Opportunities Fund’ in
collaboration with Orkney Islands Council Education Dept and Pier
Arts Centre, Stromness.
2003 ‘Artsplay’ Visual art workshops for nursery
and pre-school groups funded by Hi-Arts, Inverness.
2002 Print Commission, art.tm, Inverness.
2002 to date Visiting tutor HNC Fine Art, HND Art and Design,
(Development, delivery and assessment of Historical and Contextual
and Experimental Printmaking (acrylic-resist etching and plate
lithography) ) Art and Design Department, Orkney College, Kirkwall,
2001 Print Commission, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
Annual Local Artist Lecture, Orkney Arts Society & Pier Arts
2000 Print Commission, St Magnus Festival, Orkney.
1999 - 2002
Visiting tutor DipHE Contemporary Textile Design and Related Crafts,
(Development, delivery and assessment Historical
and Contextual Studies Unit)
Art and Design Department, Orkney College.
1998 Papermaking weekend.
Papa Westray Bothy Arts Group
1997 Design and construction of fabric/painted element in St Magnus
Festival community dance/drama project, Orkneyinga, St Magnus Cathedral,
1996 to date Papermaking workshops. Orkney islands Council Community
1995 Co-ordinator of 'Outreach' children’s
workshops for The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness.
1996 Two one-day Tapestry
Weaving Workshops, Highland Printmakers', Inverness.
1993 to date
Children's Workshops, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness.
Tapestry Weaving Workshop for former OCA students, Inverness.
OIC Community Education Dept. Summer School - Tapestry Weaving.
Arts Council Short-term Placement (two week residency),
Highland Printmakers' Workshop, Inverness.
1990 OIC Community Education
Dept - three-day Tapestry and Design Workshop.
1988 SAC Travelling
Gallery, Print commission With an Eye to the East.
1987 St Magnus
Festival - coordinated exhibition of work by Orkney school-children
and supervised the weaving of a tapestry to celebrate the 800th
anniversary of St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.
1984 to date Tutoring
Tapestry Weaving and Papermaking on the Orkney Islands
Council and Orkney College's Community Education
Programme / Art projects with Primary school-children
1981 - 1984 Further Education Tutor with Edinburgh
College of Art (Tapestry
Weaving) and Lothian Regional Council (Drawing
1980 - 1981 Tapestry Weaver with
the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne,
[ exhibitions ]
November 2004 Fine Art Museum, Budapest. Karpit, 2 International
Exhibition of Woven
2003/04 Society Of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy,
2004 The Loft Gallery, St Margaret’s Hope,
Orkney. New Work, an exhibition of textile based work with Morag
2003 The Loft Gallery, St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney. Recent
Work, a solo exhibition.
2002 Navy Pier, Chicago, Sofa Chicago,
represented by The Scottish Gallery.
2002 art.tm, Inverness, Hugh Miller
2002 art.tm, Inverness, Exhibition of recent work.
Visual Arts, Aberdeen, A5 Exhibition.
2001 Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow.
Applied Arts Christmas Show.
2001 Navy Pier, Chicago, Sofa Chicago, represented
by The Scottish Gallery.
2001 Orquil Gallery, Rendall, Orkney. Solo Exhibition
of new and site specific work.
2001 Fine Art Museum, Budapest. Karpit,
International Exhibition of Woven
2001 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. Mixed Show.
2000 Roger Billcliffe
Gallery, Glasgow. Applied Arts Christmas Show.
2000 Society of Scottish
Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2000 Stromness Library. St
Magnus Festival. Artists' Books. A group exhibition. Commission:
St Magnus Festival print.
1998 Stromness Library. St Magnus Festival. Play. A group
exhibition based on
the theme of play.
1997 P&O Scottish Ferries St Ola, Art at Sea - selected artists
featured on board the daily Orkney-Scrabster Ferry.
1997 Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews.Touring Exhibition, Scotland.
Goods. A response to bronze age funerary vessels held in the
1996 Tankerness House Museum, Kirkwall, Orkney. Reconstruction.
Two-person show with Colin Johnstone. A response to exhibits
artefacts housed in the Museum's collections.
1996 Pier Arts Centre,
Stromness. Work from the OIC art collection, touring to
1996 Earl's Palace, Kirkwall. New Work at the
Yards. An exhibition of site-
specific works by thirteen artists organised by the Pier Arts
association with Historic Scotland and St Magnus Festival.
Art Centre, St Andrews. Grave Goods. A response to bronze
age funerary vessels held in the University's collection.
Arts Centre, St Andrews. Prints from the Scottish Printmaking
1995 Stromness Library. St Magnus Festival. Sample Book. A
one-person show of new works.
1994 Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland. The
Black Pig Goes North. 16 Orkney- based artists.
1994 Highland Printmakers'
Gallery, Inverness. Two-person exhibition with
1994 Edinburgh College of Art. Scottish and Lithuanian
1994 Black Pig Gallery, Kirkwall. Christmas Exhibition
of selected local artists.
1993 Pier Arts Centre, Stromness,
Orkney. Warp, Weft, Wood. Three-person
show with Birgitta Edwards (Tapestry) and Hugh Leishman
1993 Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney. Ten
Years On. Soulisquoy
1992 Highland Printmakers Gallery, Inverness.
Exhibition of work by the eight
'short-term placement' artists.
1992 Smith's Gallery, London.
The Black Pig Goes South. Exhibition of 12
1992 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. Decorative
Arts Christmas Exhibition.
Norway, Five Orkney Artists.
1991 Black Pig Gallery, Kirkwall, Orkney.
Down in the Deep Blue Sea. Two-person show with Alistair Peebles.
Touring Exhibition: Printed in Scotland. Work from the Scottish
1988 SAC Travelling Gallery, Print
commission With an Eye to the East.
to date Regular exhibitor with the Soulisquoy Printmakers
Centre annual exhibitions.
[ collections ]
Work in a number of private collections in Britain, Australia,
USA, Italy and Germany.
Public collections - Orkney Islands Council.
[ publications & reviews ]
Crafts Shortform, May/June 2004 Issue 188 pg 17.
44 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY.
Tapestries Show etc review by Eileen Sclater, The Orcadian, 15th
'The Orcadian', Hell's Half Acre, Kirkwall, Orkney.
promotional leaflet Autumn 2002, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
Shortform, September/October 2002 Issue 178 pg22.
Crafts Council, 44 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY.
Pick of the Week Review Section, Scotland on Sunday, 30th
Pick of the Week Review Section, Scotland
on Sunday, 23rd June 2002.
Pick of the Week Review Section, Sunday
Herald, 16th June 2002.
Border between art and craft is woven to
blur the seam - review by Iain Gale. The Review, Scotland on Sunday,
16th June 2002.
Spotlight Weekend Living, The Herald, November
Beyond the Surface review by Yvonne Gray,
'The Orcadian', October 2001.
'The Orcadian', Hell's Half Acre, Kirkwall,
Karpit catalogue International
Millennial Contemporary Exhibition,
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.
Crafts Feature article by Phillipa
January/February 2001 Issue 168
Crafts Council, 44 Pentonville
Road, London, N1 9BY.
[ bio ] [ educational work ]
I have held a number of residential posts in the past, most of
which have involved some form of engagement with both a professional
and non-specialist audience. I have considerable experience in
developing different types of workshops' for children
and adults and I am well used to sharing ideas, and working with
my peers. My involvement in formal education gives me confidence
in my ability to stimulate interest in an audience of any kind
and to offer explanations and contextualisations of my work. It
also provides me with a framework from which I can place and discuss
the work of other artists.
I am very committed to the idea that children and young adults
should be encouraged to explore their creative potential and
be aware that the visual arts work on a whole range of levels,
the playful exploration of new materials to the development of
an understanding of how we relate to one another and to our social
and cultural environment.
The materials and techniques with which I work and the ideas that
I explore lend themselves to being accessible on a variety of levels.
My own particular disciplines are in woven tapestry and constructed
textiles (including hand knitting and feltmaking), all areas of
printmaking (including relief, acrylic-resist etching, plate lithography
and screenprinting) and papermaking (including the processing and
use of plant fibres). I have acquired skills in a wide range of
other techniques and materials, and I strongly believe in selecting
the most appropriate means to give an idea visual expression.