About

Ormston House is a meeting place for the arts in the heart of Limerick City. We opened in 2011 as a cultural resource centre to welcome audiences seeking more maverick and experimental projects.

As an agile organisation with an alternative ethos, Ormston House offers an intimate experience with direct access to and interaction between artists, participants and staff. The three pillars of our programme are artistic ambition, professional development and public/community engagement. Our core question is: How can we support artists better?

We are members of the Artists’ Initiatives Meetings with 10 European partners and of the River//Cities network with 22 European partners.

For further information, you can contact us at info@ormstonhouse.com.

The Team

Chris Boland

Technical Manager

Chris is an artist specialising in sculpture and fabrication techniques. He was a co-founder of Faber Studios under Creative Limerick, an initiative of the Economic Development Unit. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art & Design and a MA in History of Art and Architecture from UL.

Niamh Brown

Co-Director

Niamh is a curator and scholar in Cultural Policy. She was Chair of the Visual Art Pillar for the inaugural National City of Culture 2014 and assisted with the development and delivery of the Visual Art Legacy Programme. She was recently selected to participate in the Vessel International Curatorial Workshop 2017 in Italy.

Mary Conlon

Co-Director

Mary founded Ormston House in 2011. She is a Board Director of EVA International and a Partner of Visual Artists Ireland. She sits on the working group against migrant exploitation at Doras Luimní. She is a Shinnors Scholar and the inaugural International Curator-in-Residence at Aarhus Visual Arts Centre in Denmark.

Niamh Porter

Culture Team

Niamh graduated from the Painting Department at Limerick School of Art & Design in 2016. Her field research records the legacy of Modernist design, the forms and materials that construct the European city’s distinctive identity. She was awarded the Screaming Pope Prize in 2017 for her work on Capital: Icons of Modernity.

Michelle Ryan

Culture Team

Michelle is an artist specialising in photography and lens-based media. In 2016, she facilitated an edition of And then a spoken word film festival by Liam Gillick for EVA International. Most recently, she has been long-listed for the RDS Visual Arts Awards 2017, and selected for Plinth III at The Sailor’s Home curated by Simon Fennessy Corcoran and for the first edition of the Soul Noir Festival.

Marta Sławińska

Culture Team

Marta is a researcher and curator holding a BA in Creative Design and a MA by Research in the fields of visual culture and cultural geography. She recently participated in the Urban Studies Summer School organised by Vienna University and City University New York in Austria, and in the European Cultural Foundation Idea Camp in Spain. She is Project Leader of the World Recipe Exchange.

The Board

Alan Butler received his MFA from LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2009). His work often conceptually reflects and refracts the inner-workings of the internet, the implications of new media technology, and the politics of appropriation.

Recent activities include solo exhibitions Down and Out in Los Santos, Malmö Fotobiennal, Sweden (2017); HELIOSYNTH, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2017); We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos, Solstice Art Centre, Ireland (2015); Youth Outreach In N. Korea, Supermarket, Stockholm, Sweden (2015); The Parallax View, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland (2014); and group exhibitions As Above, So Below, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2017); Les Rencontres d’Arles, France (2017); Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, CCA Derry/Londonderry (2016) ; FUTURES: Anthology 2, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland (2015); Telling Lies, RUA RED, Dublin, Ireland (2015); Please return, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015), among others.

He lectures in Fine Art Media at the National College of Art and Design.

Paddy Coleman (Treasurer) is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years experience in business. He trained with PWC in Dublin and worked with PWC in Dublin, London and Limerick. He has been an entrepreneur, founding a technology company which grew to €10m sales with a successful exit. He has worked in the charitable sector and has recently been volunteering with Limerick City of Culture 2014 and the Limerick bid for European Capital of Culture 2020.

Mary Cremin is a curator, writer and art historian based in Derry. She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. She is currently the Director of Void Gallery, Derry and Co-Artistic Director of the Treeline Project.

Mary was previously Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. As part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, she is one of the Visual Arts Programmers and is the curatorial consultant of Dublin City University Art Collection. She is a member of International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. In 2015, she was Curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Seachange, which included over 30 national and international artists. She has delivered large scale exhibitions and commissions such as Magnetism, Hazelwood Estate, Sligo (2015) and Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2013).

Greg Leddin (Secretary) is a solicitor. He has worked in private practice, and for the Office of the Attorney General and the Central Bank of Ireland. He holds a bachelors degree in Corporate Law and an LLB from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an LLM from Trinity College Dublin. He also teaches with the Law Society of Ireland and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Mark Mulqueen (Chairperson) is the Director for Marketing and Communications at the University of Limerick. From 2007-2015, he was Head of Communications, Broadcasting and Information for the Houses of the Oireachtas, Leinster House. From 2001-2007, he was CEO of the Irish Film Institute and before that Cork’s first City Arts Officer. He was also co-founder of Bui Bolg Street Theatre and a former community arts practitioner with Macnas Theatre.

He holds a Masters Degree in Political Communications from Dublin City University, a Management Degree from the Kemmy Business School and originally graduated from Limerick School of Art (Dip. Fine Art).

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