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 create new opportunities for artists and arts workers. Our core question is: How can we support artists better? We welcome audiences seeking intimate arts experiences and progressive projects. The three pillars of our programme are artistic ambition, community engagement and professional development.

Our programme is co-designed with citizens to promote access and inclusion resulting in cultural events that are responsive to the city and its context. We aim to ground our projects in community wisdom through an open research process and have developed a participatory model of Useful Curating to make visible the diverse approaches and expertise of artistic practice. The Artists-in-Residence at Ormston House play a central role in our thinking.

Ormston House is an active member of three international networks: Artists’ Initiatives MeetingsRiver Cities Platform, and Trans Europe HallesFor further information and queries, 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 where he also currently works, and a MA in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Limerick.

Ciara Barker

Artist-in-Residence

Ciara is a multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of spacecraft Studios in Limerick City. She produces immersive spaces employing light and light-interactive materials to explore both personal and social experiences of the body. In 2019, she exhibited with Anywhere Projects and the Galway International Arts Festival.

Niamh Brown

Co-Director

Niamh is a curator and research scholar. She currently sits on the advisory committee for Limerick Women’s Network, the Limerick branch of the National Collective of Community-Based Women’s Networks. In 2019, she was appointed Creative Producer of EVA International 2020 and the Irish curator for the Creative Europe project Magic Carpets.

Mary Conlon

Co-Director

Mary founded Ormston House in 2011. She is a curatorial scholar and PhD candidate at Limerick School of Art & Design. She was the inaugural International Curator-in-Residence at AaBKC in Denmark in 2017, and is currently Artistic Director of the Creative Europe project Memory of Water (2018-2020) in six cities.

Mary Conroy

Artist-in-Residence

Mary is an artist whose work investigates humans’ connection with nature through socially-engaged practice, including participation and intervention. She holds a BA in Ceramics and a MA in Social Practice from Limerick School of Art & Design. Current projects include Memory of Water (Creative Europe 2018-2020) and An Urgent Enquiry (Fingal Residency 2019).

Nelly

Resident Doggo

Nelly joined the team in 2012. We found her (or maybe she found us) on the street outside the Hunt Museum. Her favourite events are poetry readings and barking at passing dogs and pigeons through the windows. Ormston House is a dog-friendly space but if you are visiting and uncomfortable with dogs, please let a member of the team know.

Niamh Porter

Artist-in-Residence

Niamh is a graduate of the Painting Department at Limerick School of Art & Design. She is interested in painting’s historical relations with Modernist architecture and our changing understanding of space. She was awarded the Screaming Pope Prize at K-Fest in 2017 for The Shell Centre from Capital: Icons of Modernity.

Caimin Walsh

Projects Curator

Caimin is an artist, musician and event organiser. He worked as curator for the Belltable Arts Centre and co-founded the Prima Volta music festival. He runs Anywhere Projects curating visual art and performance in unconventional spaces. In 2019, he was selected for the MAC Curatorial Directions in Belfast, Philadelphia and New York.

The Board

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 a LLB from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a LLM from Trinity College Dublin. He also teaches with the Law Society of Ireland and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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