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    Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
    DOROTHY CROSS (B. 1956) – GLOW

    Glow, a magical carpet hand tufted with pure wool and luminescent filament designed by Dorothy Cross made €19,000 at a charity sale by Whyte’s entitled Island. On offer was a series of 13 unique one off rugs or wall hangings by some of Ireland’s best known artists and designers. Each piece was hand tufted by Ceadogán Rugmakers at their studio in South East Wexford. Whyte’s conducted the timed on-line sale free of charge in order to maximise the proceeds for The McVerry Trust and For The Birds. The total hammer price for the 13 works was €156,000. Every one sold. Seán Scully’s Wall Fez which made €85,000.

    Glow appears plain white in daylight but an image of a tangle of trees emanates as darkness falls. Dorothy Cross lives and works in Connemara, Ireland. Her work ranges from object to opera: working with sculpture, photography and video. 

    (See post on for January 25, 2023)


    Saturday, August 31st, 2019

    The relic of a human heart is to be part of a floating art installation honouring migrant peoples in Cork. Heartship – a new project by artist Dorothy Cross featuring singer Lisa Hannigan – will celebrate the contribution of the Irish Naval services to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.  On Saturday September 14 the LE James Joyce will sail up the River Lee to Cork from Haulbowline.  The lone occupant visible on deck will be Lisa Hannigan and the recorded sound of her ethereal voice will emanate from the vessel. Discovered encased in lead in a  crypt in Cork in 1863 the heart belonged to a person unknown. It was acquired by General Pitt Rivers, then stationed in Cork, and became part of the extraordinary collection of artefacts housed in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. “Heartship has been haunting me for the past three years” Dorothy Cross said “wishing to honour the many hearts of migrant people who disappear below the ocean surface and lie unnamed on the sea bed”.  Renowned film maker Alan Gilsenan will work with Cross to create a film to embody Heartship. This will be screened at The Crawford Gallery. Previous projects by Dorothy Cross include Ghostship, a lightship painted with phospherous paint moored for three weeks in Dublin Bay in 1999 where it glowed in the dark each night. 

    Dorothy Cross with Capt. Brian Fitzgerald of the Irish Naval Service.


    Sunday, April 17th, 2016

    Dorothy Cross, Parachute, 2005, Dimensions variable, Parachute and gannet, Collection IMMA, Purchase 2005

    Dorothy Cross, Parachute, 2005, Dimensions variable, Parachute and gannet, Collection IMMA, Purchase 2005

    A new fund designed to support the future of contemporary art in Ireland  has just been launched by IMMA, the Irish Musem of Modern Art.  The private fundraising initiative is a reaction to the devastating cuts experienced by the arts sector in recent years.  Initially IMMA 1000 is to be a three year fundraising programme from 2016–2018. The fund launches with 60,000 which IMMA plans to double in year one through donations of 1,000 each from 60 individuals.

    IMMA Director Sarah Glennie said; “IMMA 1000 is a new fund specifically created to support our work with Irish artists in the drastically altered social and economic environment we find ourselves in today. Severe cuts in arts funding since 2008 have had a devastating effect on supports available directly to contemporary artists, and as a result artists simply cannot afford to live and work in Ireland, creating a huge concern for the future of Irish art, and contemporary Irish culture.”

    “Artists tell us about ourselves, they challenge us; they create space for difference, debate and imagination. Their voice is an essential part of a vibrant and dynamic society and it is essential that we value artists and create a sustainable base for them in Ireland. With IMMA 1000 we want to create a support infrastructure for working Irish artists today, securing the ecosystem for the future.”

    The fund will help support artists to live and work in Ireland through bursaries and the IMMA residency programme; support artists’ income through commissions and exhibition and support the work of artists through purchase for the IMMA collection. IMMA has been supported in this initiative by Goodbody Stockbrokers.