Dorothy Cross

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Dorothy Cross was born in Cork, Ireland in 1956. Cross works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, video and installation. She has been exhibiting regularly since the mid-80s. Her first major solo shows were ‘Ebb’, at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 1988, and ‘Powerhouse’ at the ICA, Philadelphia, the Hyde Gallery and Camden Arts Centre, London, in 1991. During the 90′s she produced two extended series of sculptural works, using cured cowhide and stuffed snakes respectively, which drew on these animals’ rich store of symbolic associations across cultures to investigate the construction of sexuality and subjectivity. Cross represented Ireland at the 1993 Venice Biennale.
Over the past few years Dorothy Cross has devoted increasing amounts of time to the development of large-scale public events and projects, most memorably the IMMA commissioned award-winning ‘Ghost Ship’, an ethereally illuminated light-ship, which haunted Dublin Bay for a few weeks in 1998.

Her work is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Norton Collection, Santa Monica, Art Pace Foundation, Texas, Ulster Museum, Belfast, the Goldman Sachs Collection, London The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol, Hugh lane Gallery, Dublin, London and the Tate Modern, London, among others.

Current and Forthcoming Projects
2024 Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (Solo, May 2024)
2024 Bath Abbey, Bath, UK, curated by Bridget de León (Group, May 2024)
2024 On Art and Motherhood, curated by Hayward Touring, Arnolfini Arts, Bristol, UK (Group, March 2024)
2024 Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, UK (Group, Spring 2024)
2024 A Matter of Time, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland (Group, 17 February – 3 June)
2024 The Fascination of Caves, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany (Group, 10 February – 9 June)
2023 KINSHIP Project, return of a mummified body from Ireland to Egypt (Ongoing) Other Worlds, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (Group, 1 December 2023 – 3 February 2024)
2023 The Recent, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (Group, 28 October – 3 Feburary 2024); curated by Tessa Giblin
2023 Following Threads, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland (Group, 9 September – 2023 – 28 January 2024)
2023 Her Back to the World, The Model, Sligo, Ireland (Group, 5 August 2023 – 27 January 2024)

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022 Damascus Rose, Frith Street Gallery, London
2022 Red Erratic, outdoor sculpture, Tremenherre Sculpture Park, Cornwall, UK
2019 I dreamt I dwelt, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2019 Heartship, Sounds from a Safe Harbor festival collaborative performance with Lisa Hannigan, Cork, Ireland
2019 Dorothy Cross: Croquest, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
2018 Stalactite, Libby Leshgold Gallery, Vancouver
2017 Glance, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK
2015 Eye of Shark, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
TROVE, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (curator)
2014 Connemara, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2014 Eye of Shark, Lismore Castle Arts, St. Carthage Hall, Co. Waterford, Ireland
2014 View, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2014 Connemara, RHA, Dublin
2014 Lismore Castle Arts, St. Carthage Hall, Co. Waterford
2013 Connemara, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, UK
2011 Stalactite, Frith Street Gallery, London
2009 COMMA Series, Bloomberg Space, London
2008 Landscape, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
2007 Sapiens, Kerlin Gallery
, Dublin
2005 Medusae (film screening), (Tom Cross & Dorothy Cross), Natural History Museum, Dublin
2005 Gone, Mcmullen Museum of Art, Boston, USA
2005 Retrospective, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2002 Salve, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2001 Come into the garden Maude, Fourth Wall, projection for the National Theatre.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 Reimag(in)ing the Victorians in Contemporary Art: Britain and Beyond, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham UK, curated by Dr. Isobel Elstob
2023 Healing Ruins, Cinili Hamam, Istanbul, Turkey
2023 RHA West, Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo, Ireland
2023 The Art of Sport, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland; curated by Anna O’Sullivan
2023 It Took A Century, Women Artists and the RHA, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland; curated by Dara McElligott, Dr Brendan Rooney, Dr Patrick Murphy and Kate McBride
2023 Total Recall: Myth and Memory, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, UK
2023 RHA 193rd Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland 2023 ISLAND, Ceadogán Rugs, Hang Tough Contemporary, Dublin, Ireland
2022 Tangible/Nothing, Ruby City, San Antonio, Texas, USA
girls, girls, girls, curated by Simone Rocha, Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland 2022 Performing PAC: Take me to the place I love, PAC Milano, Milan, Italy 2022 Bones in the Attic, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2021 The Museum of Ancient History, The Classical Museum, University College Dublin
2021 UnNatural History, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
2020 Lucid abnormalities, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland other.worldly, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2020 BLUE, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland
BODY, 1984 TO THE PRESENT, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
2019 Desire: A Revision From The 20th Century To The Digital Age, Irish Museum of
Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2019 Sea Garden, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, UK
2019 21st Century Ireland in 21 Artworks, Dorothy Cross & Willie Doherty, Glebe
2019 House and Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
2019 Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, An tSeaneaglais (Glassworks), Derry, Northern Ireland
2019 The Keeper. To have and to hold, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
2019 Sights & Sounds, Art, Nature, and the Senses, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
2019 In the Labyrinth, Large Glass, London, UK
2018 Dorothy Cross, Aleana Egan, Siobhán Hapaska, Isabel Nolan, Kathy Prendergast, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2018 Reclaimed, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas
2018 Coming Home: Art & The Great Hunger, The Coach House, Dublin Castle; Uilinn West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
2018 Naked Truth, Crawford Gallery, Cork
2017 The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection, Henry Art Gallery, SeattleAlchemy: Transformations in Gold, Akron Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
2017 Legacies: JMW Turner and Contemporary Art Practice, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
2017 Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
2017 Highlights from the Graeve Collection, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
2016 Periodical Review 2016, Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2016 A Weed is a Plant Out of Place, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland
two birds / one stone, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2016 Riddle of the Burial Ground, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp
2016 Found, The Foundling Museum, London
2016 Mystics and Rationalists, Modern Art Oxford
2016 It’s Me to the World, Modern Art Oxford
2016 Beyond the Pale: The Art of Revolution, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
2016 Head Above Water: Swimmers’ Perspectives, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth
2016 The Universe Cleft to the Core, De León, Bath
2015 What We Call Love, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2015 Riddle of the Burial Ground, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2015 The Untold Want, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2015 New Art New Nature, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2015 The Art of a Nation, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2014 Silver, Frith Street Gallery, London
2014 Re-Framing the Domestic in Irish Art, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland
2014 Museum Kunst der Westkueste, Alkersum/Foehr, Germany
2013 Crescendo, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Victoria, Australia
2013 A Subtle Matter, Queen’s University, Belfast
2013 Island: New Art from Ireland, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy
2013 Skin, RHA, Dublin
2013 Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art and Francis Bacon’s Studio, Bozar Centre for Fine Art, Brussels
2013 The Enchanted Isles: re-imagining Galapagos, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lisbon
2012 Into the Light: The Arts Council – 60 Years Supporting the Arts, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
2012 The Voyage, at Three Years at Sea Part II, Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 De L’Emergence du Phenix, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
2011 Eleventh Plateau, Archeological Society Museum, Athens
2011 Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2011 Women Make Sculpture, Pangolin, London
2010 Underwater, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne and touring to Spacex, Exeter; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Bluecoat Art Gallery, Liverpool; Tulie House, Carlisle, UK
2010 Graphic Studio / 50 Years in Dublin, IMMA, Dublin
2010 Superficies del deseo – Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
2009 Underwater/Above Water – from the aquarium to the video image, Kunsthalle Wilhemshaven, Germany
2009 DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture – Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2008 Through the Lens: New media art from Ireland, Beijing Art Museum of the Imperial City, Beiljing
2005 Truth universally acknowledged, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Something Else, Turku Art Museum, Finland
1999 1st Liverpool Biennale of Contemporary Art
1998 Mirro Images: Women, Surrealism and Self Representation, Boston MIT List Art Center, Miami Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol
Art Pace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas
Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin
Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Celebrity Cruises, Greece
Contemporary Irish Art Society, Dublin
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
St. Louis Art Museum, USA
Limerick City Art Gallery, Limerick Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick The National Gallery of Ireland
The Norton Collection, California, USA Tate Gallery, London
Tia Collection, Santa Fe, USA
Ulster Museum, Belfast

2017 Honorary Fellowship, Goldsmiths, University of London
2008 Gulbenkian Galapagos Award
2005 Arts Council Project Grant
2004 Gulbenkian Foundation Production Grant for Stabat Mater, in conjunction with
Opera Theatre Company
2000 SCIART Research and Development Project Award, Wellcome Trust, UK
Gulbenkian Foundation, Arts Council of Great Britain
1999 Nissan Public Art Project/Irish Museum of Modern Art Award, Ghost Ship,
Scotsman’s Bay, Dublin 1992 EVA Open Award, Limerick
1991 Arts Council Bursary
O’Malley Award, Irish American Cultural Institute
1990 EVA Open Award, Limerick Martin Toonder Award, Ireland
Pollock-Krasner Award, New York 1988 PSI Studio Scholarship, New York
1984–86 Arts Council Bursaries