Artist-Run Network Europe: International Lab

Ormston House welcomes Alice Máselníková and Rob Knijn to Limerick as part of the Irish activities of our Creative Europe project, Artist-Run Network Europe. With our project partners, we will conduct a week-long lab examining the social value and impact of artist-run initiatives. Such initiatives are often working with limited resources and capacities, and existing methodologies can be either unsuitable or daunting to undertake. The aim of the international lab is to produce a practical guide to researching and articulating social value and impact, specific to artist-run visual arts organisations, adaptable to differing needs and capacities, and considering local and international contexts from our European network.

For Artist-Run Network Europe, Alice Máselníková represents our lead partner Candyland (Stockholm, Sweden), and Rob Knijn represents the Alternative Art Guide and The Naked Foundation (The Hague, The Netherlands). We will also be joined by Belfast-based Jane Morrow and Limerick-based Dylan Ryan who have been contributing to the local and online labs as part of the Irish research activities. (see Artist-Run Network Europe: Research Lab #2)

About Alice Máselníková

Alice Máselníková is a Czech painter, curator, editor and cultural consultant based in Stockholm. Máselníková holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Philosophy from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Arts and Design, Dundee, and an MA in Curating Art from Stockholm University. She is one the Creative Directors of Supermarket Independent Art Fair and is one of the Project Leaders of Artist-Run Network Europe.

About Rob Knijn

Rob Knijn is an artist, curator, and cultural organiser and initiator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 1992, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and has kept an active practice since working with organisations such as HCAK, Artoteek Den Haag, Voorheen het Archief, Nest, and Heden. He is a founder of the Alternative Art Guide, a tool for discovering art spaces that are often difficult to find. Rob also sits of the Board of The Naked Foundation, an artist-run initiative founded to show the multiplicity of alternative or independent spaces operating in the world today.

About Artist-Run Network Europe 

Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE) is a European project with focus on artist-run initiatives, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Over the course of two and a half years (October 2020–April 2023), the project will host a range of activities, including exhibitions, conferences, workshops and lectures. ARNE aims to strengthen the self-organised artist-run sector in Europe with focus on local and international cooperation, and to create a simple information framework for art professionals and art students, namely through a collaborative online platform, Artist-Run Resource Centre (ARRC).



Ormston House’s activities for Artist-Run Network Europe are co-funded by the Creative Europe Desk Ireland at the Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick City & County Council. You can visit the project website at
Image: detail from our current exhibition CASTLES by Rudolf Samohejl curated by Niamh Brown, who will host the Artist-Run Network Europe: International Lab at Ormston House and other venues across Limerick city. Photo by Jed Niezgoda.
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