‘Serendipity’ is a stunning, must-see exhibition of mixed-media painting and photography by our very own Head of Art, Caroline Evans. It will be on display in our BonBernard Gallery from 17 January to 8 February 2020 with a Private View on the opening evening.

Caroline found inspiration for her works in everyday visual experiences, seeking out and extracting serendipitous and momentary phenomena most often within nature. She looks for transient designs of positive and negative space and abstracted compositions which she then captures, in the first instance, through photography.  These photographs form the basis of her physical exploration of extracted shapes, patterns and textures in a range of media that she applies in an experimental and expressive manner then seeks to replicate the randomness of occurrence and sense of layering that one often experiences through nature. Through her paintings she has attempted to create a sensory experience for the viewer which aims to incorporate surface; effects of light and the passage of time.

Caroline Evans, joined Dean Close School as Head of Art in 2003, coming from Brighton College. She came into the relatively new Art School (opened in 1995) bringing an ethos which focused on individuality and ownership, leading to a very diverse and original range of portfolios. Under her direction, exam results have been consistently high and this summer was no exception with 79% of GCSE pupils achieving grades 9-7 (with over half gaining a 9) and at A level 78% of pupils achieved A*/A.

In recent years, Caroline’s need to reevaluate her artist teacher identity became more important to her, with an urge to reengage with her own artistic practice. As a result, and with the support of the School, she has engaged with the Artist Teacher Scheme at Oxford Brookes University and is now in the second year of her MA in Education (Artist Teacher Practice).

It is this endeavor that has brought Caroline to the point of holding her first solo exhibition. Caroline says: “The process has taught me a lot about who I am as a teacher and an artist and how my two professional identities overlap, interconnect; inspire and support each other.”