Carole Evans is a London based photographic artist. After initially studying French at University, Carole first took photography seriously in Paris where she was teaching English. Frustrated at not meeting French people, she enrolled on a darkroom-printing course and has not looked back; a MA in Photographic Studies at University of Westminster ensued, followed by seven years working as Gallery Coordinator at Photofusion in Brixton, where she met many influential photographers and honed her skills in organising events and curating. She is now Dissertation Tutor at Ravensbourne University, as well as teaching photography at Richmond Adult Community College and working independently as a photographer and curator.
In 2011, Carole co-founded Portrait Salon with James O Jenkins, an arts council funded project promoting contemporary photographic portraiture.
In October 2013, Carole founded and curated the inaugural Altrincham Arts Festival, a pop- up arts festival turning empty shops of the town into temporary art galleries.
Recently, Carole has started experimenting with other artistic media, such as printmaking and drawing. She has set herself a drawing challenge in order to hone her drawing skills; you can see her attempts at While the Boy Sleeps.
A Man of the Great War
A Man of the Great War is an artist’s book and exhibition about Carole Evans’ Great Uncle, John Llewellyn Evans, who was killed on 1 March 1917, during the preparations for the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The work, made following extensive research into Evans’s life and death by Lt Tom Evans of the Welsh Guards, is a series of the land on which he fell, his gravestone and other memorials in his name, combined with archival war records.
Through making the work, Carole became very interested in the landscape of battlefields, and the tales the land could tell of past conflicts. Visually, the undulating land of Vimy Ridge appears fairy-tale-like, but it hides a dreadful truth; it bears scars of trenches and shells, and has become a memorial to the men who lost their lives there. This research culminated in a conference paper, entitled The Landscape of Conflict; An exploration into the memory of landscape through the medium of landscape photography which she presented at the War & Memory Conference in Sarajevo in June 2017.
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Carole Evans Associate Senior Lecturer, Contextual Studies