Liverpool Art Prize 2008 – Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary Fitzpatrick

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Mary Fitzpatrick is a contemporary Fine Artist who works with photography, video and painting.  Working on long term art projects primarily in Belfast and the Middle East  Mary has exhibited in Ireland, England, throughout Europe and the USA. Her art projects have included themes such as the Peace Process in Ireland and the aftermath of the First Gulf War. She studied Fine Art at University of Ulster, Belfast on the MA programme taught at that time by, amongst others, Susan Hiller and performance artist Alastair McLennan.

Originally a painter, Mary exhibited in London and then after moving to Northern Ireland made large scale photographic sculptures based on a two year art documentary of events within the Irish Peace Process before the ceasefires. She continued making work in Belfast until her move to Kuwait. Mary is now mainly known for her large scale atmospheric installations incorporating images from places left abandoned after conflict.  Mary exhibited a black and white photographic installation in the Blade Factory in Biennial 2004 as part of the much talked about ‘Streets of Desire’ exhibition curated by Jump Ship Rat. Ref: The work provoked a lot of comment and interest. The pictures give hints of stories and presences. Her last major body of work is the Failaka project in Kuwait. She is currently working on a project in the West Bank having recently returned from an art residency programme at the Al Qattan Foundation in Ramallah. She has built up a substantial body of work over time that exists in the dualistic sense as both personal art statement and important historical archive on the times we live in.

She has held several solo exhibitions this year including the Zlatno Oko Gallery in Novi Sad, Serbia last June who will produce the first monograph later this year, SKC Gallery, in December which included several television interviews and at the Art Organisation, 52 Roscoe Street as part of the Independent Biennial 2006. She has also taken part in various international exhibitions and touring exhibitions including ‘Intercommunication’ at Project Fabrica Moscow and  ‘Boundaries’ – The Chobi Mela International Photography Festival IV Dhaka, this year as well as several group exhibitions in the United States.


2006 Fotografije, Zlatno Oko Galleria, Novi Sad, Serbia
2006 Fotografije, SKC Galleria, Belgrade
2006 Failaka, The Art Organisation at Roscoe Street, Independents Biennial, Liverpool


2006 Boundaries, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival IV, The British Council, Dhaka
2006 Intercommunication, Project Fabrica, Moscow
2006 Intransit, Likovni Krug Gallery, Novi Sad, G.L.U.S, Nis Fine Art Museum,
Modern Gallery, Subotica, VIP Gallery, Belgrade
2005 Re:Location, International Art Studio, Valyevo, touring Serbia
2004 Streets of Desire, curated by Jump Ship Rat at The Blade Factory, 3rd Liverpool Biennial Independents
1997 Looking Out of the Frame, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
1997 National Wearable Art Awards, Brisbane, Australia
1996 Photoworks, Irish Arts Centre, New York
1996 Free For All, Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast
1995 Feh Melancholia, The Bedroom Gallery, Belfast
1994 Belfast Young Contemporaries, 1 Oxford Street Gallery, Belfast
1994 Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Ireland
1993 Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Ireland
1991 Painting Today – British Graduates, Bonhams, London
1990 Painting Today – British Graduates, Bonhams, London


1997 Videowork ‘Derry’ for Mary Ellen Strom/Ann Carlson installation WEST in ‘Commonsense’, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles

2007  Al Qattan Foundation Residency, Ramallah, West Bank
1997  Austrian Government Art Residency, Kunsthaus, Vienna
1996  The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig, Ireland

Grants/Awards etc:

2004 Arts Council England Grant
2003 Fotofo, shortlist, Kuwait Project
1997 Irish Government Cultural Award
1996 Irish Government Cultural Award
1996 The British Council, Belfast-Los Angeles
1997 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Grant
1995 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Grant
1993 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Grant
1997 Arts Council of Southern Ireland/Aerlingus Artflight
1997 Memorial award, shortlist
1996 Arts Council of Southern Ireland/Aerlingus Artflight
1995 Peter Moores Bursary Belfast


selected publications:

2006 Annaghmakerrig, Lilliput Press, ISBN 1 84351 091 X
2006 Chobi Mela, Boundaries, Book
2005 Streets of Desire Catalogue, published by Jump Ship Rat,
2005 Streets Of Desire, Art Monthly, Liverpool Biennial
2005 online review
2002 Artists Technical Processes, Circa Irish Arts Magazine,
1997 Looking out of the Frame Catalogue, Old Museum Arts Centre
1996 Beyond Borders,Salvatore Mazza, Grafiche Morandi Fusignamo
1996 Processing The Peace, Circa Irish Arts Magazine,
1993 Iontas, Circa Irish Arts Magazine,
1991 Arts Review, Painting Today
1990 Arts Review, Painting Today