Mike Fitzpatrick (b. Limerick, Ireland, 1959) is the Director of Limerick’s European Capital of Culture 2020 bid, following his role as Director of Limerick National City of Culture 2014. Mike is on secondment from his position as Head of School, Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT to facilitate his current role. Previously he acted as Commissioner / Curator for the Irish Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, working with artist Gerard Byrne in 2007.
During his nine-year tenure as Director / Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art from 2000–9, he curated over eighty exhibitions, working with Irish artists including: John Shinnors, Amanda Coogan, Sean Lynch, Caroline McCarthy, Donald Teskey, Diana Copperwhite, Mark O’Kelly, Tina O’Connell, Jack Donovan, Connolly / Cleary; and international artists including: Lindsay Seers, Simon Starling. As an artist Mike has had solo shows in Limerick, Dublin, Belfast and New York. He has been published several times, including essays and interviews with: Gerard Byrne, Walter Verling, Amanda Coogan, Eamon O’Kane, and fellowships include PS1 New York and the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York.