Victoria J. Dean (b. Belfast, 1980) is a photographic artist based in Northern Ireland. On completion of an MFA Photography from Belfast School of Art at Ulster University, Dean was awarded the Royal Ulster Academy Award for Outstanding Students and was selected by Olivia Arthur (Magnum Photographer), and Anna Sparham (Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London) in Source Magazine’s Graduate Photography Online 2017 Selections. She was a finalist in the Klompching Gallery’s FRESH 2017, and a winner in the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017, for her series, The Illusion of Purpose.
Dean has exhibited and been published internationally including Emerging (Slideshow Night) at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, 2015; the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015, London; 185th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2015; Circulation(s) 2014: Festival de la Jeune Photographie Européenne, Paris; Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography (Karen Downey, curator; Colin Graham, publication author) at Belfast Exposed and The Mac in Belfast, 2013; the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2013 in Toronto, London and Boston; and PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch for 2007, New York.
Represented by the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, Dean was featured in SCOPE New York and in Elective Perspective (Peter Richards, curator) at Galeria Arsenał in Białystok, Poland in 2010.
Solo exhibitions have included The Fortified Coastline at RUA RED, Dublin in 2014; The Naughton Gallery at Queens University, Belfast in 2013 and the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown in 2012.
Dean’s work is held in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection, the Office of Public Works State Art Collection (Ireland), and a number of private collections in the UK and Ireland.