TBG+S and the RHA Gallery appoints Katy Fitzpatrick as Learning and Public Engagement Curator

11 August 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Royal Hibernian Academy are delighted to announce Katy Fitzpatrick as their shared Learning and Public Engagement Curator. This new position has been made possible through Arts Council funding in 2017. The role brings specialist expertise and knowledge to audience development and public engagement programmes at both institutions. It will support the deepening and expansion of our existing audience programmes, as well as developing new strands of programming including cross-institutional learning and exchange, and enable us to build and nurture new and diverse audiences. It is an exciting new development that prioritises how we think about audiences and the many possibilities there can be for encountering and experiencing contemporary visual art and artistic practices.

Katy Fitzpatrick has worked for over fourteen years in arts education, in particular in gallery and visual arts education, and has held positions in Tate London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, as Acting Adviser to The Arts Council’s Young People Children and Education team. She was a co-opted member for the National Council for Curriculum’s Junior Cycle Art, Craft, Design Development Group and is currently on the NCCA’s Senior Cycle Development Group, both on behalf of the Arts Council. She has also lectured at Marino Institute of Education and tutored on the Professional Masters in Education programme at Maynooth University.

Katy has a BA in History of Art and Italian, UCD, an MA in Visual Arts Education, NCAD, and is currently undertaking a PhD with the Education Department at Maynooth University. Her PhD research is focused on an ongoing project called Art and Philosophy in the Classroom, which she has been developing since October 2013in collaboration with Dr Aislinn O’Donnell. Art and Philosophy in the Classroom is an innovative interdisciplinary pedagogical approach to contemporary visual art in the classroom, which combines philosophy with children and inquiry-based arts and gallery education practices.

Having worked in a variety of contexts in a freelance capacity over the past four years, Katy has stated that she ‘is much looking forward to taking on the exciting new Learning and Public Engagement Curator role at the Royal Hibernian Academy and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.’

Both the RHA and TBG+S are looking forward to welcoming Katy Fitzpatrick as part of their teams. ‘Katy is the ideal person with a strong track record of visual arts education to undertake this significant and exciting new role that situates audience engagement as an integral part of our public programmes. We welcome Katy Fitzpatrick on board.' - Clíodhna Shaffrey, Director, TBG+S.

About TBG+S
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is an artists’ studio complex and contemporary art gallery in Dublin’s cultural quarter. The public engagement programme cultivates an environment of learning and creativity and supports close engagement of audiences with the work of Irish and international artists.

About RHA
The RHA Gallery (Royal Hibernian Academy) is one of Dublin’s leading public art galleries and shows an innovative mix of Irish and International contemporary art. With an exhibition and education programme dedicated to developing, affirming and challenging the public’s appreciation of traditional and innovative approaches to the visual arts.