The Dock has entered into a three year partnership with Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT). To offer a graduating student from The BA in Art Programme the opportunity to be included in our annual visual arts programme. The intention of the partnership is to highlight the work of an emerging artist of note, to make connections between the North West of Ireland and a new generation of artists. Over the last number of year, The Dock has been working with graduates of IADT, including younger artists Anishta Chooramun, Hugh McGettigan and Kian Benson Bailes. This award formalises our close relationship with the organisation and, the inaugural award has been made to Jamie Cross a Cavan native.
Jamie's artistic practice tends to reflect an answer to a question or proposition. When does a space begin? Do you have to experience a space in order to understand it fully? What is on the inside? He is motivated by the need to answer such questions and portray the answers through his work.
He is interested in how a certain type of space is wholly dependent on how such space is perceived. His aim is to explore hidden (and sometimes inaccessible) spaces that are not obvious to the human eye and the uninhabitable space of materials, such as the interior of an electrical device or the journey electricity travels to a light bulb.
He is curious as to how a device works or operates often encourages him to dismantle objects and from there, an idea for his work stems. Technological devices such as laptops and endoscopic/360° cameras are his preferred medium for realising and showcasing his work. His main research tool is his Android mobile phone which he uses for photographing, recording footage, capturing sounds and GPS tracking. He takes inspiration from every-day things such as mid-point architecture, household objects or random YouTube videos.
Jamie graduated from IADT Dun Laoghaire with a BA (Hons) Art and has recently started the MA in Art + Research Collaboration. He was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Award 2019 curated by Janet Mullarney and David Quinn and joint winner of the R.C. Lewis Crosby Award. He was also shortlisted for the Ormond Art Studios graduate award 2019.