A visual artist who practices in the field of social practice, responding to issues of location, history and community.
Her career has been based in the UK, initially in London and latterly in Shetland. The context of her adopted Shetland home forms the foundation for her social practice, where she has initiated and realised projects since 1990. The largest of these, Mirrie Dancers (2009-2012), was conceived with Nayan Kulkarni in response to a Shetland Arts commission using light as a medium for art and engagement.
Permar works nationally and internationally having exhibited and realised projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Japan, the USA and Australia. In 2014 she was awarded a Creative Scotland Artist Bursary with Susan Timmins to support the research and development of a new work addressing issues related to the Cold War that bridge both sides of the Iron Curtain, including Scotland, England and Russia. She has received national and international support for her research projects, both in the United Kingdom and abroad, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creative Scotland, the Arts Council of England and the British Council.
As lead researcher for the Artworks Scotland Pilot Research Project based at Shetland College, she worked with students to test the feasibility of networked teaching for participatory practices in the visual arts across the Highlands and Islands. Her collaborative projects have also received international support from government-funded and private sources in Germany, St Petersburg, Russia, the USA and Scandinavian countries including Norway, Denmark and Iceland.