Ormston House

Limerick, Ireland

Ormston House
9-10 Patrick Street
V94 V089 Limerick City
Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

info@ormstonhouse.com

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 Meetings, River Cities Platform Foundation, and Trans Europe Halles.

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? We welcome audiences seeking intimate arts experiences and progressive projects. The three pillars of our programme are artistic ambition, community engagement and professional development. Our programme is co-designed with citizens to promote access and inclusion resulting in cultural events that are responsive to the city and its context. We aim to ground our projects in community wisdom through an open research process and have developed a participatory model of Useful Curating to make visible the diverse approaches and expertise of artistic practice. The Artists-in-Residence at Ormston House play a central role in our thinking. For Supermarket 2021, Ormston House will present an iteration of “People who (…) have no dreams” by Ciara Barker, one of our long-term Artists-in-Residence. Ciara’s work explores explore the illusory nature of self-image and the fallibility of socially-constructed divides, and this work was commissioned for the Feminist Supermarket at Ormston House.

Installation image of Ciara Barker's Comfort (2019), Anywhere Projects, Limerick, Ireland. Image courtesy of the artist.
Installation image of Ciara Barker's Visible/Invisible (2018), Sailor’s Home, Limerick, Ireland. Photograph courtesy of the artist.
Ormston House, installation view of the "Museum of Mythological Water Beasts", 2018, photo: Jed Niezgoda.
Ormston House, preview of "Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone", 2017, photo: Crude / Shane Serrano
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