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Ormston House representatives will visit Ostend in Belgium this week to kickstart a Creative Europe project with five international partners from the River Cities network. Mary Conlon has been appointed Artistic Director of Memory of Water (2018-2020) supporting artists from Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Sweden on a series of transnational residencies exploring the future of waterfront heritage zones in post-industrial cities across Europe.

We are delighted to announce Mary Conroy will be the Limerick-based artist participating in this two-year project of 23 interconnected activities including 4 city labs, 3 international residency programmes, and 1 digital exhibition. We will work with Fablevision, Intercult, the Municipality of Levadia, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury, and Stad Ostend, collaborating with residents, community groups, politicians, engineers, and urban planners through participatory arts practice.

In Ostend, experts will offer advice and training in participative research, community building, social entrepreneurship, sustainability and shared value creation.

Image: Mary Conroy with Cara MacMahon, Jack McKeown, Asia O’Brien and Ciara Marron of St. Michael’s Rowing Club at their site-specific mural under the Shannon Bridge. The mural was co-funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and Limerick City and County Council, under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. Photograph by Alan Place.

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