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Mike Fitzpatrick, Head of Limerick School of Art & Design appointed as Interim Head of the City of Culture

795552172.jpgThe Board of Limerick City of Culture is today announcing the first steps in moving beyond the challenges of recent days with a range of measures.  The key element is a collaborative, institutional and civic partnership between the City of Culture and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) through the appointment of Mike Fitzpatrick, Head of the Limerick School of Art & Design as Interim Head of the City of Culture.
The President of Limerick Institute of Technology Dr. Maria Hinfelaar has agreed to the secondment of Mr Fitzpatrick from the world-class School of Art & Design to act as interim head of the City of Culture pending the appointment of appropriate full-time staff.

Picture: Mike Fitzpatrick, Head of Limerick School of Art & Design appointed as Interim Head of the City of Culture.

Interim Arrangements

The following are the agreed terms and conditions of this collaborative exercise:
• To advise the Board on appropriate and relevant structures
• To provide leadership and facilitation on delivery of the programme
• To advise the board on the overall project and strategic policy
• To engage with the existing artistic fora
• To be the reporting line for the operational team
The departing CEO, Patricia Ryan, will facilitate a smooth handover to the Interim Head of City of Culture.
At the end of this interim position, Mike Fitzpatrick will take up a non-executive role on the board of Limerick National City of Culture 2014 when he resumes his post as Head of Limerick School of Art & Design.

Broadening of the Board

The Board wishes to confirm its decision of Friday last to broaden its membership.  This will include the nomination of three directors representing the arts and culture community of Limerick. 
One of these will be nominated from the chairpersons of the Pillar Groups of Limerick City of Culture established in February 2013.  A second director will be appointed on the advice of the Pillar Groups.   The third and final appointment is reserved for Mike Fitzpatrick on completion of his role as Interim Head of City of Culture.
In addition, following meetings with the elected representatives of Limerick City and County Council, it has been agreed as an immediate step to appoint the Mayor and Cathaoirleach, or their representatives, of the respective authorities to the board.
The Board wishes also to announce that it has appointed one of its members, Tim O’Connor, to the new position of Vice Chairman.  Tim O’Connor, from Co. Limerick, is the outgoing Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Gathering Ireland 2013 and a retired senior public servant.


The Board is also pleased to announce that yesterday Heads of Agreement were signed by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, on behalf of the Government and Mr Conn Murray, Manager of Limerick City and County Councils.  This is a key step in accessing the generous funding provided by Government in its 2014 Budget announced in October.

Wider Engagement

The City of Culture company also appreciates the overwhelming offers of support from the business community in recent days and encourages businesses to look at potential sponsorship opportunities within the programme.


Speaking today, board Chairman Pat Cox said:  “I wish to express my profound gratitude on behalf of the City of Culture to the President of LIT Dr Maria Hinfelaar and Mike Fitzpatrick for stepping up to the mark at this time and for showing commendable civic leadership.  The fact that Limerick has within its ranks someone of Mike Fitzpatrick’s calibre and quality, leading one of the Top 50 fashion schools in the world, illustrates the depth and strength of arts and culture in Limerick.
“The Board wishes to thank Patricia Ryan for her selfless dedication to this project, further demonstrated by the dignified way in which she has agreed, despite the difficult personal circumstances, to assist with a smooth transition.”
Said Dr. Maria Hinfelaar:  “I am extremely proud that Mike Fitzpatrick, the Head of our world class School of Art and Design, is taking up the role of Interim Head of Limerick City of Culture. We are determined to make this outstanding project a success and leverage the talent and commitment of the artistic and cultural community in the city. At LIT we feel very strongly about this programme and were more than happy to offer our support and share the responsibility to deliver a fantastic year for Limerick and Ireland.

“The past few days have been extremely challenging for the City of Culture project and we are now leaving this behind. There is an unquestionable passion in Limerick for arts and culture, as we have seen in the last few days – we will now harness that in an extremely positive way. The staff at the School of Art and Design, many of them renowned artists and designers in their own right, are very excited that we are going to play such a central role.” 

Mike Fitzpatrick Biography

Mike Fitzpatrick, Head of School of Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT since 2009. Based at the main LSAD School Campus in Clare Street, he also oversees programmes in Georges Quay Campus and in Creative Technology at LIT Clonmel. Under Mike’s leadership the School has seen significant growth both in numbers and ranges of programmes at Undergrad and Post Graduate level. LSAD is also becoming increasingly active on the research and enterprise fronts.

Mike is a Director of eva International Biennial and a trustee of UL National Self Portrait Collection
Previously Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art from 2000-2009 curating over eighty exhibitions including Simon Starling, Lindsay Seers, John Shinnors, Clare Langan, Connolly Cleary, Sean Lynch, Amanda Coogan, Tom Molloy, retrospectives by Walter Verling and Jack Donovan and a survey exhibition of 21st century Irish art. Ireland's commissioner for the Venice Biennale 2007 curating the artist Gerard Byrne also for his exhibition at Lismore Castle in 2010. Curator of the Visual Art strand at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2005 & 2006.

As an Artist Mike’s previous solo Exhibitions include ‘Everything Must Go’ Art in General, New York, ‘Selling America’ Silverstein Gallery, New York and Galway Art Centre, BIAD Birmingham, Limerick City Gallery of Art, OMAC, Belfast and Project Art Centre, Dublin. Exhibited in selected shows in Ireland, UK, USA, Hungry, Australia and Italy.

Fellowships and residencies; Independent Study Programme, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Studio Fellowship at PS1 Museum, LIC, New York, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha NE. Education; Research Studies at University of Liverpool. MA, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, BCU, Italian Gov. Scholarship, Academia De Brera, Milan, PTA, Dip Fine Art, Limerick School of Art and Design.

Publications; Tuxedo Junction, 1960: Gerard Byrne by Lismore Castle Arts, 2010 (interview). Eamon O’Kane, Studio In The Woods: 2004, Campus Galerie Bayreuth, Walter Verling, exhibition catalogue, Pub. Limerick City Gallery of Art by Gandon Ed.



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