Evelyn Gibbs studied at the Liverpool School of Art (1922’26)
and at the Royal College of Art (1926’29).
Credited with making significant gains for women in art and
academia, she was the second woman to win the Prix de Rome for
Engraving (1929) and was elected an associate of the RE in the
In London, after returning from Rome in 1931, she taught at
a school for handicapped children and later wrote The Teaching of
Art in Schools, which was published in 1934 ‘ the same year she
was appointed lecturer at Goldsmiths College.
She founded the Midland Group of Artists in 1943 after
Goldsmiths was evacuated to Nottingham, and in that September
was commissioned as an official war artist to record Women making
Munitions, working in Blood Transfusion and in the Women’s
Voluntary Service. Seven of the works made during this time are
held in the Imperial War Museum in London. In 1945 she married
Hugh Willatt, later Secretary- General of the Arts Council.