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? The three pillars of our programme are artistic ambition, community engagement and professional development. The Artists-in-Residence play a central role in our thinking.

Ormston House welcomes audiences seeking intimate arts experiences. Our programme is co-designed with citizens to promote access and inclusion, 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 local wisdom with diverse approaches to artistic practice.

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 MeetingsRiver Cities Platform Foundation, and Trans Europe Halles. For 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


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


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. She was the inaugural International Curator-in-Residence at AaBKC in Denmark, and was selected for Rehearsing Hospitalities residency at the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme in Finland. She is currently Artistic Director of the Creative Europe project Memory of Water in six cities.

Mary Conroy


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).

Niamh Porter


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.

Sharon Slater


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 is the author of multiple publications and has received numerous awards including the National Heritage Hero Award, and a Mayoral Reception for her promotion of history and heritage.

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.

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


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


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 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

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.


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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