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Donal is the new HOD of Art & Communications at the University of Huddersfield. He was most recently Deputy Director of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He has held many senior academic positions in both Australia and New Zealand, including head of schools and departments. He was an investigator on the ARC funded research project ‘Creative Tropical Cities” national mapping project and served as head of visual arts in the construction of Australia’s first Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. He presently holds three Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Jinan and Shandong in China and the National University of the Arts, Bucharest in Romania.

He is a practicing visual artist and writer who holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art, an Honours degree in Philosophy and a PhD. He has worked in collaboration as an artist, illustrator and creative writer on special projects for film, advertising and publication. He was the art critic for the national daily newspaper The West Australian. His creative visual research is concerned with developing a new understanding of  ‘memory’ and its relationship to invention and the creative imagination and is deeply informed by the work of the philosopher Alain Badiou. He has exhibited his creative research internationally at exhibitions ranging from the Sydney Biennale to the Asialink travelling exhibition ‘Confluence’. Most recently his experimental graphic investigations were the subject of a large solo exhibition at Kielce in Poland.

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Research Output

  • 10 Exhibition
  • 1 Artefact
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products


Fitzpatrick, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

  • 4th CSCEC Cup Western 5+2 Biennale Exhibition of Environmental Art & Design

    Fitzpatrick, D., 10 Nov 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • Empire of Memory: Post-War Remembering and the Archive

    Clarkson, G., Higginbottom, R. & Fitzpatrick, D., 10 Jan 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Inter-Section

    Fitzpatrick, D., Woolham, S., Bailey, R. & Horton, D., 22 Jul 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • Memory extinction / Extinction memory

    Fitzpatrick, D. & Wenhua, L., 5 Nov 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    The Image after the Senses

    Tracy Lannon (Speaker), Donal Fitzpatrick (Speaker), Georgiana Antoce (Speaker)
    18 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation