Limerick, Ireland
Photo by Dean Ryan McDaid

EVA International and Ormston House Collaborative 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 is a multi-year research project about, along and on the River Shannon. To complement our shared focus on Limerick as a river city, Ormston House and EVA International will host a series of 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 exhibition 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.

THEATERclub’s NOT AT HOME is a durational art performance 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. This will take place over the May Bank holiday weekend, Sunday 6 and Monday 7 May 2018, from 5pm to 9pm at Ormston House.

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. This will take place at Ormston House on 25 May, 7pm-9pm.

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, 4-8 July 2018, 7-9pm at Ormston House.

World Recipe Exchange is a programme of food events based at Ormston House. Ormston House and EVA International will co-commission a mobile unit to create a physical display of participants’ contributions from over 50 countries.