Ormston House

Limerick, Ireland
Charitable Organization

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. In our short history, we have worked with 308 artists from 26 countries to deliver over 360 events, exhibitions and projects.

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. This creative strategy is contingent on long-term engagement and commitment to a place. The Artists-in-Residence at Ormston House play a central role in our thinking.

Ormston House is an active member of three international networks: Artists’ Initiatives Meetings, River Cities Platform, and Trans Europe Halles. We are currently responsible for the Artistic Direction of the Creative Europe project: Memory of Water (2018-2020) with five partners from the River Cities Platform. For further information and queries, you can contact us at or visit our website at

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