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 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 part of the Limerick Public Participation Network and the Irish Network Against Racism. We are also active members of three international networks: Artists’ Initiatives Meetings (AIM)River Cities Platform Foundation, 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 LSAD. Current projects include Memory of Water (Creative Europe 2018-2020) and An Urgent Enquiry (Fingal Residency 2019).

Nelly

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

Olivia Chau

Board Member

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.

Paddy Coleman

Treasurer

Paddy 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 and a successful exit. He has worked in the charitable sector including with Limerick National City of Culture.

Mary Cremin

Board Member

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.

Stephen Kinsella

Board Member

Stephen is Associate 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

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 Member

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 Member

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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