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North Sea thinkers

Joanne B Kaar


Research based visual artist inspired by journeys over land, sea and through time combining fact, fiction and folklore.


Kaar lives in Dunnet, on Dunnet Head, Caithness, Scotland. She holds a BA Hons Degree from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, a Master of Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University and plays traditional Irish Music on a wooden flute made for her by her husband.


I’ve been self-employed since graduating in 1992 starting as artist in residence for the Isle of Skye a few weeks later. The Guild of Master craftsman published my book ‘Papermaking and Bookbinding Coastal Inspirations.'  My artwork takes inspiration from our heritage.  As both participant and instigator of arts and heritage projects and collaborations I have worked and exhibited world wide, including Taiwan, South Korea, Iceland, USA, Canada, Estonia, Catalonia. Japan, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Finland and the UK. 

My artwork is varied, and is as much at home in museums as art galleries, and I am the recipient of an ‘Iconic Artists in Iconic Places Award’  from Museum Galleries Scotland and Creative Scotland.

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