The Sustainability Plan: tool-kits

The Sustainability Plan: tool-kits brings together four Irish and four international artists and curators to excavate the Ormston House archive and to produce open source tool-kits, serial publications, critical reviews, interviews and videos on and for Irish art and artists.

We are delighted to work with Stéphanie Bertrand, Adrian Duncan (editor), Chris Hayes, Ed Krčma, Haizea Barcenilla, and Ian Russell, with additional contributions by Co-Directors Niamh Brown and Mary Conlon. In our short history, Ormston House has worked with 300 artists, produced 58 exhibitions and 295 events, and welcomed over 120,000 visitors at our Patrick Street venue. Each of the participants has contributed to the programme, developed on-going conversations and professional relationships with our members and Culture Team.

The generative process for The Sustainability Plan: Tool-kits includes workshops, consultations and brainstorming sessions with staff, visitors, artists and members, as co-creators and co-producers. This follows focus groups conducted between June 2015 and 2016 gathering feedback and ideas from both arts and non-arts stakeholders. The Sustainability Plan overall responds to the urgent need to create sustainable models for artists and artist-led initiatives with critical reflection and practical guidance through the established expertise of Irish and international practitioners.

Introductory texts will be published in Autumn and Winter 2018.


The Sustainability Plan: tool-kits is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Project Award. This is the first phase of a three-year plan to create templates and support structures for sustainable self-organised models. Image: research image from The Museum of Earth and Man in the centre of Sofia, Bulgaria.
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