Carolyn studied painting at Birmingham School of Art (B.A. Hons Fine Art) from 1979 – 82 and thereafter moved to Berlin. By chance, a couple of years later, she met Duncan again and, alongside a handful of other foreign artists in similar need, they set up a large studio complex in a disused factory space.
Carolyn exhibited in Berlin and a number of other European cities, and in the early 1990s, faced with eviction from the initial studios, she and Duncan set up a second studio complex in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, before returning to England in 1998, where she has continued to work and exhibit.
Carolyn trained as a teacher of Art and Design in 2004, working initially in High Schools and then at the College of West Anglia teaching A level and BTEC Art and Design before leaving to start the Church Farm Barn studios Art Classes and Life Drawing.
She now also works as an Artist Educator for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, leading drawing and life drawing workshops.
Duncan studied sculpture at Birmingham School of Art (B.A. Hons Fine Art) from 1979 - 82 and Chelsea (M.A. Sculpture) from 1982 - 83 before moving to Berlin on the DAAD programme and setting up studios there (with Carolyn MacArthur, amongst others), in the mid 1980s. Alongside maintaining his own practice and exhibiting throughout Germany and internationally, he worked as a sculptor within the field of prop-making for film, TV, theatre productions and museum ‘experiences’ in Berlin, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Sicily and London (major West End musicals). He also has experience of teaching as a guest lecturer in art schools.
Who We Are
Carolyn and Duncan moved to Norfolk in 1998 from Berlin, where they had been living and working as artists since the mid 1980s, with the aim of setting up a more permanent place in which to continue their work as artists and to bring up their young family in a rural setting.
The barn was a ruin when they took it on and they did the vast majority of the renovations / conversion work themselves. The once-dilapidated barn has now become a beautiful home and studio complex.
The facilitation of art courses at Church Farm Barn Studios began in 2010 when Carolyn set up the Weekly Art Classes in her studio. Due to the class' success they have since expanded to include twice-monthly life-drawing classes throughout the year.