About

Ormston House is a meeting place for the arts in the heart of Limerick City. Our programme is co-designed with artists and citizens, resulting in community partnerships, multi-annual projects and cultural events that are responsive to the city and its context. We have developed a participatory model to connect curatorial practice with local knowledge and activism.

Ormston House is part of the Irish Network Against Racism and the Public Participation Network. International connectivity is also key to our work, and we are active members of three European networks: Artists’ Initiatives MeetingsRiver Cities Platform, and Trans Europe Halles. We are based at 9-10 Patrick Street, where we have a long-term lease with Limerick City & County Council. For further information, you can contact us at info@ormstonhouse.com.

The Team

Annelie Bäumel

Programme Assistant

Annelie is studying Cultural Work and Arts Management in Potsdam, Germany, and currently gaining experience through Erasmus+. As part of her studies, she worked on the documentary SUB.TEXTE, which sheds light on the sub- and alternative cultures of her student city. Her main fields of interest are management and community engagement.

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.

Kate Brady

Front of House

Kate is a performer and printmaker born and raised in Dublin with a BA in Music & English from UCD. Prior to working in the arts, Kate spent several years in commercial radio, production and digital media. An accomplished musician and vocalist, Kate has written, recorded and performed with multiple bands and Symphony orchestras.

Niamh Brown

Curator

Niamh is a curator and producer. For our Creative Europe project, Artist-Run Network Europe, she is leading research on the social impact of the artist-run sector. She is interested in the connections between landscape, mythology and data infrastructure, and is currently developing new commissions with local and international artists.

Mary Conlon

Artistic Director

Mary founded Ormston House in 2011, and negotiated the purchase and long-term lease of the property. She holds degrees from UCD and IADT, and is completing a practice-led PhD in Curatorial Studies at TUS. She sits on the Strategic Policy Committee for Community and Culture in Limerick, and on the Executive Committee of Trans Europe Halles.

Sian Costello

Communications Assistant

Sian is a multidisciplinary artist operating out of a painter’s studio in Wickham Street Studios, Limerick City. Since graduating with a BA in Fine Art Painting from LSAD, she has had solo exhibitions at Courthouse Gallery, Sample Studios and Detroit Stockholm. She will exhibit in Girls, Girls Girls curated by Simone Rocha at Lismore Castle.

Maite Pinto

Programme Assistant

Maite is an artist and researcher from Bilbao. Her work explores archives using graphic and pictorial techniques that allow her to reflect on memory and its evanescence. She holds an MA in Fine Arts from Manchester School of Arts, and she has just started a practice-led PhD programme at the University of Basque Country.

Caimin Walsh

Projects Curator

Caimin is a curator and musician. His current research focuses on the collective experience of music as a force for social and political change in Ireland. Caimin leads our River Residencies programme, connecting artists and communities along the River Shannon. He is an admirer of birds and a member of BirdWatch Ireland.

Artists-in-Residence

Ciara Barker

Artist-in-Residence

Ciara produces immersive spaces, employing light and light-interactive materials to explore the illusory nature of self-image and the fallibility of socially-constructed divides. She holds a BA in Fine Art from LSAD, and co-founded spacecraft Studios. She has exhibited at the Galway International Arts Festival, and Stockholm’s Supermarket Fair.

Ann Blake

Artist-in-Residence

Ann is a performer, director, podcaster and musician. She wrote and performed in the award-winning play, The Morning After The Life Before, produced by Gúna Nua Theatre. With Joanne Ryan, she is developing a large-scale, community-engaged, interdisciplinary, promenade theatre piece, inspired by the life of Constance Smith.

Mary Conroy

Artist-in-Residence

Mary is an artist whose work investigates connection with place through socially-engaged practice, including participation and intervention. She holds a BA in Ceramics and an MA in Social Practice from LSAD. Recent work includes two Creative Europe projects: Memory of Water with Ormston House, and MagiC Carpets with EVA International.

Mícheál Keating

Artist-in-Residence

Mícheál is a composer, musician and multimedia artist from rural West Limerick. He holds an MA in Art and Technology from the University of Limerick, and employs digital media to explore memory, hauntology, non-linear temporalities, and local landscape. He is the lead singer and producer of the band Bleeding Heart Pigeons. 

William Keohane

Writer-in-Residence

William is a writer from Limerick. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, and was one of ten poets selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. William holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Limerick.

Joanne Ryan

Artist-in-Residence

Joanne is an award-winning, Limerick-based theatre artist, playwright and performer with a track record of making quality, ambitious work in socio-political contexts. With Ann Blake, she is developing a large-scale, community-engaged, interdisciplinary, promenade theatre piece, inspired by the life of Constance Smith.

Sharon Slater

Historian-in-Residence

Sharon has been researching the history of life in Limerick for over twenty years. She holds an MA in Local History from the University of Limerick. She was named National Heritage Hero by the Heritage Council of Ireland in 2017. She is the author of multiple publications, most recently “100 Women of Limerick” in 2022.

The Board

Olivia Chau

Board Director

Olivia is a youth worker at Limerick Youth Service and GOSHH. She has facilitated a range of social groups including young mothers and the LGBT+ community, and organised international training seminars on youth facilitation. Olivia is also a DJ & presenter. From 2010 to 2012, she co-founded Flip It TV, an online music channel, interviewing over 100 artists from across the globe.

Mary Cremin

Chairperson

Mary is Director of Void Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland. In 2019, she commissioned The Shrinking Universe by Eva Rothschild for the Irish Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and The Long Note by Helen Cammock which was awarded the Turner Prize. She is a member of International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

Damien Flynn

Treasurer

Damien is a qualified chartered accountant. He has held finance positions in industry in the spaces of Property Finance and Education, prior to completing his training in Audit and Advisory. Since 2013, he has held the position of CFO with the Digital Marketing Institute, and was part of the senior management team who led the company in its acquisition by Spectrum Equity.

Stephen Kinsella

Board Director

Stephen is Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick, Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne, and Research Associate at the Rhodes Centre for International Finance at Brown University. He is currently Chief Economics Writer for The Currency and was a columnist for four years with the Sunday Business Post.

Greg Leddin

Company Secretary

Greg is a solicitor based in Limerick City. He has worked in private practice, for the Office of the Attorney General and for the Central Bank of Ireland. He holds a BA in Corporate Law and an LLB from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and an LLM from Trinity College Dublin. He also teaches with the Law Society of Ireland and at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth.

MuRli

Board Director

MuRli is a rapper, producer and songwriter from Limerick. He is best known for his work as part of Rusangano Family and won Best Irish Album of 2016 with mynameisjOhn and God Knows at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Awards. MuRli has shared stages with local and international acts such as Girl Band, Snoop Dogg, Slow Moving Clouds, Run The Jewels and BadBadNotGood.

Jennifer Moroney-Ward

Board Director

Jennifer has over 16 years of senior management experience in the non-profit and NGO sector across citizens’ rights, community development and education. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Limerick and is skilled in facilities development, operations management and strategic planning.

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