Ormston House

Limerick, Ireland

Cultural Resource Centre
9-10 Patrick Street
V94 V089 Limerick City
Limerick, Ireland


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 welcome audiences seeking more maverick and experimental projects. As an agile organisation with an alternative ethos, Ormston House offers an intimate experience with direct access to and interaction between artists, participants and staff. The three pillars of our programme are artistic ambition, professional development and public/community engagement. Our core question is: How can we support artists better? Ormston House is a member of the Artists’ Initiatives Meetings (AIM) Network with 15 European partners, Trans Europe Halles with 127 European partners, and a Council Member of the River//Cities Platform Foundation with 23 European partners.

Vanessa Donoso López’s work focuses on a mental state described as Persistent Immigrant Homesickness. Away from home, people will almost certainly miss something about their home-place making homesickness a near-universal experience. Some may consider the luxury of travel and the emotional response caused by being away from home to be the preserve of western middle-class travellers. However, current research suggests that an investigation of homesickness may be an important tool for developing strategies needed to improve the quality of life for those who are forced to travel as refugees or economic migrants. The artist says “It is sad to think that you might only be enjoying a watered-down version of the relationship you might be having if you were to share the same mother tongue. Or maybe it is this unadorned speech that is the more authentic, the one which comes when you have not yet learnt to manipulate the said language into the shape of appearance, lies, sarcasm or puzzle”.

Eye before E, except after See (2015)
death drive (2013)
a painful excess of pleasure (2013)
Join the dots. Orange suits. (2012)
Rabbit do play with my bells (2010)