EVA and Ormston House Collaborative Public Programme

Image: Untitled (Limerick Docks) (2016) by Shane Serrano, courtesy of the artist.
Image: Untitled (Limerick Docks) (2016) by Shane Serrano, courtesy of the artist.

EVA International and Ormston House Collaborative Public Programme

EVA International has partnered with Ormston House to develop a collaborative public programme which highlights intertwining programmatic themes and research activities. Featured artists and projects include Kevin Gaffney, The Museum of Mythological Water Beasts, Stanzas, THEATREclub, and World Recipe Exchange.


The Museum of Mythological Water Beasts 

The Museum of Mythological Water Beasts is a multi-year research project about, along and on the River Shannon. In 2018, Ormston House will commission a series of artworks by Ann Blake, Chris Boland, Mary Conroy, Ceara Conway, Emma Fisher, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt and Tanad Williams, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. To complement our shared focus on Limerick as a river city, Ormston House and EVA International will host a series of talks and events focused on conservation and preservation, facilitated by academic and non-academic experts in the fields of architecture, environmental science, history, and urban planning – starting with an exhibtion by Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt and Tanad Williams in April, followed by Ann Blake, Chris Boland, Ceara Conway, Mary Conroy, and Emma Fisher.

Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt and Tanad Williams
13 April - 21 September 2018


NOT AT HOME is a durational art campaign by Emma Fraser (Nine Crows) & Grace Dyas (THEATREclub) to make visible the experiences of women who travel abroad to access safe abortion services, to highlight the consequences of Ireland’s abortion laws, and to connect women who have travelled in solidarity.

NOT AT HOME was first performed at NCAD Gallery and won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2017.

Synopsis: 'In 2013, she travelled to have an abortion. Afterwards, she needed to talk to women who had made this journey, she asked them to share their stories. In the waiting room, they all felt alone. They were not at home.

Now, we are bringing these stories home and speaking their words out loud, in public, in NOT AT HOME – the truth of a lived experience shared by thousands of Irish women and girls over decades.

We are asking you to come and listen to them. Before any vote is cast or any mind is made up, we believe we need to understand the reality of the status quo. We are listening to yes, we are listening to no, NOT AT HOME is the space to listen to her before you vote.

There will be no arguments, no shouting, no stopwatch to ensure balance. This is not a sermon to the converted – it’s a calm place for the undecided.'

6 and 7 May 2018, 5pm-9pm


On 25 May 2018, Ireland will vote to repeal or retain the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. To mark this historic occasion, Ormston House and EVA International will host a special referendum edition of Stanzas’ Evening of Words on the theme: Vox Populi. Stanzas is a poetry-focused arts organisation which gives emerging writers a platform to perform their work in an open-mic environment and to print new writing via monthly hand-made chapbooks.

25 May, 5pm-9pm

Irish première of Far from the reach of the sun by Kevin Gaffney 

Ormston House will host the Irish première of Far from the reach of the sun by Kevin Gaffney as part of the Public Programme for the 38th EVA International. Set in a near future, a corporation markets a drug that can alter your sexuality, targeting wealthy straight customers and vulnerable gay people. The film installation will be screened during the Limerick Pride LGBTQI+ Festival 2018.

Far from the reach of the sun is set in a near future where a government-approved drug can alter your sexuality, allowing you to be satisfied in ways that were not previously in your nature. The corporation marketing the drug targets vulnerable gay people who have checked into a cruising resort which doubles as a correctional facility. Advertisements present the pill as a party drug for wealthy straight customers who have burned out the experience economy – come take pleasure in marginalized sexual experiences without affecting your personality. The film revolves around the protagonists sharing their innermost thoughts and feelings; tumultuous worlds at odds with the power structures surrounding them.  

Please join us on Wednesday 4 July at 6pm when the artist will be in conversation with Kathleen Soriano, followed by the screening at 7pm.

Wednesday 4 July, 6-9pm
Screening daily from 12-6pm until Saturday 7 July
Ormston House 


World Recipe Exchange 

World Recipe Exchange is a programme of food events based at Ormston House. The programme brings people together to explore the international culinary heritage of Limerick, and in 2018, World Recipe Exchange is participating in the European Year of Cultural Heritage. As well as cooking, tasting and sharing food, World Recipe Exchange are creating a database of recipes that originate from all corners of the world but are nowadays cooked side by side in the kitchens of our city. Ormston House and EVA International will co-commission a mobile unit to create a physical display of participants’ contributions from over 50 countries. The R&D phase of World Recipe Exchange is kindly supported by European Cultural Foundation and Limerick City and County Council.




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