Ormond Stew



‘Ormond Stew’ is influenced by the artistic practices of the members currently residing in Ormond Studios from the perspective of its newest members.

The exhibition examines how practices can exist and influence each other in this artist-led initiative.

It aims to challenge and reflect upon the creative atmosphere in such an environment, and is an experiment meant to encourage conversation and integration among it’s members.

A series of conversations were conducted amongst members in the realizing of the show.
Through the course of these meetings, thematic language and common themes arose that helped shaped the show.

self reflection / self – actualisation / deliberation / a place for contemplation / an integral part to practice*life / shared experiences / sensory submersion / trust in simplicity / definitions are finite / reading not explaining / suggestion / digestion and observation/ Deceitful memory / recreated memories / objects as vehicles of memory / representations of constructed or false realities imaginary situations /


Opening: 7 – 9pm
17 & 18th of September.

All other viewings by appointment.

Mary Jo Gilligan – Foaming at the Mouth 7

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Visual art spoken word, curated by Tracy Hanna and Emer Lynch. This is the last event of the 2015 series!

Emma Haugh
Katherine MacBride
Naomi Sex
Tanad Williams
Kate Heffernan
Pádraic E. Moore
Philip Napier
Mary-Jo Gilligan

Doors open from 7pm so arrive early to grab a good seat, a drink from the bar, and some food (beef/ veggie burgers & salads available). 8pm start.

The Polo Clubhouse is behind the zoo on Lord’s Walk, a 10-15 min walk from the main Parkgate St. entrance.
There is no need to pre-book and admission is free.

More info: emerlynch.tracyhanna@gmail.com

Mary Jo Gilligan – ‘Fathom and Span’

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Ormond member Mary Jo Gilligan will be exhibiting her new show ‘Fathom and Span‘ in the Broadcast Gallery in DIT, Portland Row from the 7th – 16th June 2014. The opening reception will be held on Thursday the 6th of June at 6:30pm. Its sure to be a fascinating event!

Fathom and Span
Exhibition by Mary-Jo Gilligan (IE)
Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Portland Row, Dublin 1
7th – 16th June 2014, opening reception 6th June at 6:30pm

Public, private and directed gestures collectively form this curatorial project by Emer Lynch – recipient of the Broadcast Gallery Emerging Curator Award 2014.

Interested in editing the traditional strands of exhibition-making (art and writing about art) at a distance from each other, Lynch co-mediated two stands of this curatorial project concurrently. Beginning with inviting Dublin based artist Mary-Jo Gilligan to intercede with Broadcast Gallery site-specifically, Fathom and Span is a solo exhibition that crosses boundaries with theatrical experience – not as audience but in the role of players. Gilligan’s exhibition deals with the curatorial intention of the project: to consider the gallery’s withdrawal from its own architecture in anticipation of the institution’s move across the city. This very architecture is exploited in the work as a way to investigate how things and people are a unit of something else. The pre-constructed space is the subject, whilst scripted functions and roles bleed into the fabric of the room.

Lynch also worked in the capacity of collaborator with Berlin based artist Achim Lengerer to produce the publication Scriptings#38. These publications exist in response to, but outside of, Gilligan’s exhibition. In anticipation of the opening of Fathom and Span, Lengerer will perform Scriptings#38: Layout for Broadcast Gallery; a live performative lecture which will investigate the ways in which collected social spaces are negotiated in-between medias. This event will also feature a reading by artist Tracy Hanna (IE).

Further information:

Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Ireland where she works as an artist independently and collaboratively. Her practice is typically site-specific and includes live events, public art, performance, exhibitions and curation. She has produced work with various commissioning bodies including RGKSKSRG, Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site and Culturstruction, and has undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Founder of the architectural research body Dublin City Agency for the Sensory Investigation of Constructed Space, Gilligan has also co-curated site-specific projects with Parking Meter Arts and The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Gilligan was the recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from Kildare County Council (2013) and was awarded a Studio Residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2012/2013).

‘Your Otoliths’ Booked Out!

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Due to popular demand, Mary-Jo Gilligan’s ‘Your Otoliths – An Audio Route Guide to The LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’ taking place on Saturday 1 March 2014 is now fully booked out!



Some Photographs of the Event ‘Your Otoliths – An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’


For those who were not fortunate enough to secure a ticket, here are a few photographs of the event as it wove its way through the streets of Dublin city centre…

Hot potato hand warmers from Coin de Mire restaurant in the Moore Street MallHot potato hand-warmers from Coin de Mire restaurant in the Moore Street Mall. (Photo Kate Strain)



Himalayan pink rock salt lick from the inventory at the Oriental Pantry supermarket on Moore Street (Photo Kate Strain)


Junction of Moore Land, Henry Place, ‘an ideal pot-holed spot to see old cobblestone city roads that usually remain hidden under the thick heavy tarry blanket upon many Dublin Streets’. (Photo Kate Strain)


Earl Place Canyon. (Photo Kate Strain)


Precious gemstone pineapple parcel. (Photo Kate Strain)

‘Your Otoliths- An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’ and ‘For the Birds’.

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Two dates for the diary!

Our own Mary-Jo Gilligan and James Ó hAodha will be creating ephemeral events as part of The Lab’s current group show ‘Tonight, you can call me Trish’.

‘Your Otoliths- An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’, Saturday March, 1st, 11am-3pm
(To register for participation, please visit www.thelab.ie)
Mary-Jo Gilligan has been commissioned to create an ephemeral event that sets the context for a niche engagement with the exhibition and its locale. The work titled ‘Your Otoliths- An Audio Route Guide to the LAB Gallery for Minecrafters’, unfolds as a guided journey custom built for the Minecraft gaming community.

‘For the Birds’, Saturday 15th of March, 11am-3pm
James Ó hAodha has been commissioned to devise an encounter with a specific community of interest. His work ‘For the Birds’ is a one off event, which takes place in the Lab gallery over a single day. Teasing out notions of what constitutes ‘audience’ and ‘exhibition’ he plays with the presence of three hand-picked exotic birds who similtaneously occupy the gallery both as viewer and live performer, activating, intervening, and, in moments becoming complicit with the language of display, aesthetics and the mediation of contemporary visual art.

Tonight, you can call me Trish

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Ormond members Mary-Jo Gilligan and James O hAodha will have work in the upcoming exhibition ‘Tonight you can call me Trish’. Curated by Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain, the exhibition in The Lab, Foley Street, will open on Thursday 6th February and run until 22nd March. Details to follow soon on both James and Mary-Jo’s ephemeral contributions to the show in March!