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Sandy Fitzgerald

_mg_5012Sandy Fitzgerald has over thirty years experience as a manager, artist, and activist in the cultural sector. He was a founder member and, later, Executive Director of City Arts Centre, Dublin (1973 to 2001), its programme included all artistic disciplines and initiated pioneering educational and accredited programmes in community arts, disability arts initiatives and outreach programmes. Sandy was a founder and board member of CAFE (Creative Activity for Everyone – 1984 – 1990) now CREATE, the arts development organization for Ireland; board member of the Royal Hospital National Cultural Centre (1985 – 1990), later to become the Irish Museum of Modern Art; board member of the Dublin Film Festival (1988 – 1993); board member of the Junior Dublin Film Festival (1990 – 1994); Executive Committee Member of Trans Europe Halles, a European network of Cultural Centres (1997 – 2002). He has been editoring and publishing works on culture: editor of ‘Managing Independent Cultural Centres: A Reference Manual’; Editor of Outburst of Frankness – A Community Arts Reader for Ireland, essay in Read This First on cultural clusters in urban development projects. Currently Sandy is a partner (along with Paul Bogen) in the arts consultancy group OLIVEARTE.

Under his production company banner CultureWorks, Sandy produces exhibitions, publications, and collaborates with his wife, the NuSoulJazz singer VIOLETTA, on music projects, both managing and writing songs.