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, the Irish Museums Association, and the Public Participation Network. International connectivity is also key to our work, and we are active members of two European networks: Artist-Run Network Europe 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.

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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.

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.

Sandra Cadenas

Global Training Scheme

Sandra is a Basque cultural manager and artist based in Bilbao, joining the Ormston House team for the Global Training placement. She has worked in institutional and international spaces as well as in local associations. Her main interests are site-specific projects which involve a collaborative process that uses art as a tool to create relationships and develop critical thinking.

Anna Gormley

Front of House

Anna is a visual artist based in Limerick. She holds a BA in Fine Art Painting from LSAD. Her paintings and writing explore the topography and sacred sites of the west of Ireland. She has exhibited at the RHA, Courthouse Gallery, and Kfest. She received the Agility Award in 2023.

Clara Laherty

Communications Assistant

Clara is a writer and editor based in Limerick. She holds an MA in English from the University of Galway. Her writing has appeared in Trumpet, Strange Horizons, Imperica, and elsewhere. She was selected for the Irish Writers’ Centre’s 2023 National Mentoring Programme. She is Chair of the peer support group Trans Limerick Community.

Pádraic E. Moore

Artistic Director

Pádraic is a writer, curator, and art historian. He completed CuratorLab, the postgraduate programme at Konstfack University, Stockholm, and is a former resident of the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. From 2019 to 2021 Moore was guest curator at Garage Rotterdam and led several new commissions in this role. He has organised curatorial projects in institutions throughout Ireland and Europe.

Caimin Walsh

Curator (Civic Engagement)

Caimin is a curator and musician from Limerick City. He is Chairperson of Spacecraft Studios (est. 2017), a contemporary art studio in Limerick City. He founded Anywhere Projects (est. 2019), an initiative that promotes visual art and music in disused spaces. He has participated in the MAC Curatorial Directions programme (2019) and the Curatorial Program for Research (2023).

The Board

Olivia Chau

Secretary

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.

Hugh Heffernan

Board Director

Hugh is a graphic designer, festival organiser, and filmmaker. Working as the Head of Brand at Piquant, a multi-award-winning creative agency in Limerick City, Hugh has led the development of national and international brands. He is also a founding member of Féile Na Gréine, a music festival that champions Irish music.

MuRli

Treasurer

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.

Ruairí Ó Cuív

Chair

Ruairí Ó Cuív was Public Art Officer with Dublin City Council from 2008 to 2023. Previously he was an independent curator and arts consultant specialising in public art, exhibition curation, feasibility studies, evaluation and research. He was director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (1991–96) and curator of exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (1989–91) and Royal Hospital Kilmainham (1987–89).

Jan O’Sullivan

Board Director

Jan O’Sullivan has served as Dáil Deputy for Limerick, Minister for Education and Skills, a Minister of State, a member of Limerick City Council, and Mayor of Limerick. She has also been on the Board for Daghdha Dance Company and Island Theatre Company and Rape Crisis MidWest. She is presently on the Executive Board of Limerick Civic Trust…

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