Dean Cross


Dean Cross is a First Nations trans-disciplinary artist. He has been formally trained in both Contemporary Dance and Sculpture, and works across the sculptural and pictorial fields. Through this he attempts to re-evaluate and re-construct what it means to be Australian in the 21st Century, and how that fits within our globalised world. He has been involved in numerous exhibitions and prizes including Tarnanthi at The Art Gallery of South Australia (2017), The Churchie Emerging Art Prize (2016), and The Redlands Konica Minolta Art prize (2015). Dean is also on the Board of Directors of QL2 Dance, Australia's premier youth dance company.

Dean was born and raised on Ngunnawal country, however his ancestral roots lie within the Worimi Nation



2017 Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours), Australian National University
2016 Bachelor of Visual Art, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney


2017 Tarnanthi Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, curated by Nici Cumpston
2017 Ruby Honours 2, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, Canberra
2017 M16 Drawing Prize, M16 Artspace, Canberra
2017 HoBiennale, Visual Bulk, Hobart, curated by James Tylor
2017 The Shape of Memory, The Lockup Art Space, curated by Talia Smith 2017 Animastructions, Tuggeranong Art Centre, curated by Raquel Ormella and Ashely Eriksmoen
2017 Australian National University Drawing Prize, winner
2017 Blak Mirror II, Lane Cove Gallery, Sydney, curated by Jason Wing
2017 They Blew Up the Hospital I was Born In, PhotoAccess, Canberra (solo)
2017 Moving Nations, Collab Gallery, Sydney, curated by Grace Partridge
2017 Oi Oi Oi, Tributary Projects, Canberra, curated by Anja Loughead
2017 Sky Country, Blakdot Gallery, Melbourne, curated by Kate ten Buuren
2017 Time Takes Too Much Time, M16 Artspace, Canberra (solo)
2017 Blak Mirror, 107 Projects, Sydney, curated by Jason Wing
2016 M16 Drawing Prize, Winner, Framing Award, M16 Artspace, Canberra
2016 The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
2016 Land and Place, Paper Planes Gallery, Sydney
2016 Recluse, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2016 FRINGE DWELLINGS, Huw Davies Gallery, Canberra (solo)
2015 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School Galleries, Sydney, curated by Tim Johnson
2015 Macquarie Emerging Arts Prize, judged by Joan Ross. winner Highly Commended


2017 Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Prize
2017 University Medal, Australian National University
2017 School of Art & Design EASS Canberra Contemporary Art Space Emerging Artists' Residency Award
2017 Peter and Lena Karmel Prize, Australian National University
2017 Australian National University Drawing Prize, winner
2017 Sir Geoffrey Yeend Memorial Scholarship, Australian National University
2016 Indigenous Student Leadership Award, The University of Sydney
2016 Zelda Stedman Young Artist Award
2016 Indigenous Progress Award, The University of Sydney
2015 Zelda Stedman Young Artist Award
2015 Indigenous Progress Award, The University of Sydney
2014 The Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, The University of Sydney

Image: Obey a Widow's Son, 2017
pure pigment print 60 x 60 cm edition of 10 + 2AP
Courtesy of the artist and Interlude Gallery