Carol Sommer

County Durham

I am a visual artist and art educator based in Darlington, Co. Durham. I’m interested in the potential of piracy to interrogate value systems.

Examples of starting points include the thought experiments of Iris Murdoch, the representation of women in 1970s film, and the essays of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes. Sometimes within the aesthetic context of conceptual writing, my practice includes making books, videos, performances, installation, collaboration and an Instagram account @cartography_for_girls. In 2019 I completed a practice led Ph.D. at Leeds Beckett University, and I’m the author of Cartography for Girls, an A-Z of Orientations identified within the Novels of Iris Murdoch.

I’m a co-founder and member of blimey!, a female-led Darlington-based arts collective, and a research associate of (women) In Parenthesis. I also teach fine art and critical and contextual studies in art and design at Queen Elizabeth FE College, Darlington.


Some projects and exhibitions:

Sometimes she tried to think about painting 36 gallery, Newcastle, 2022

Will The Real Iris Murdoch Please Stand Up? Kingston University Archives & Special Collections, 2022

blimey! Lucretia The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 2020

Philosophy by Postcard, 2019

Reading as Art Bury Art Museum, 2016

Skills & Experience

  • DBS Checked
  • Visiting lecturer (HE)
  • Visiting lecturer (FE)
  • Working with schools (secondary)
  • Workshsops (adult)
  • Workshops (family / general)
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