Jean Dunne was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in suburbia. Having a logical and analytical mind, Dunne became highly educated and skilled in Information Technology, and spent 30 years working on various projects with great teams in the design and delivery of cutting edge technology for a large corporate brand in the heart of Dublin city. However, like many who have followed their head into career, Dunne’s heart had long felt a pull in an opposite direction, and a longing to live in a house with a sea view would not subside.

A chance viewing of a documentary on television one evening turned out to be the beginning of the turn of the tide for Dunne. Dunne’s discovery of an artists course on a tiny island just off the coast of West Cork in Ireland, led her on a first trip of many to Sherkin Island. This tiny island, which is only 3 miles long, and home to approximately 100 people, also hosts Dublin Institute of Technology’s four year modular honours degree programme. Here, with wild Atlantic views, sandy beaches and fuscia scented lanes, Dunne completed her Bachelor Arts Honours Degree in Visual Art in 2016, and has recently realised a lifelong dream of owning a home with a sea view, establishing herself as a resident artist on the island of Sherkin.

Dunne uses a combination of subconscious drawings and photography to explore the concept of an alternative reality. Themes present in Dunne’s work are the surreal and the subconscious, and the influence of Leonora Carrington and Sebastio Selgado are apparent. Dunne’s method of presentation combines her passion for technology and the concept of our thoughts as data, using organised grids and lightboxes.


BA Visual Art (Sherkin Island)

The BA in Visual Art is a unique opportunity to study visual art on Sherkin Island , County Cork. This 4 year honours degree programme offers a dynamic and creative education in a remarakable location by using a combination of studio practice workshops on Sherkin Island with a range of online distance education technologies and studio workshop projects. The primary aim of the programme is to provide students with an advanced knowledge of the nature , role and potential of art in the context of their community and in particular, the possiblities offered by art for remote rural communities.