Lasta, a National Arts Programme for young people by young people

Presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators have been engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people will work collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project offers a unique opportunity to develop our future arts programmers and producers.

The two Young Curators who will programme Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable contribution to Lasta are Mamobo Ogoro and Stephen Hartigan.

Hi I’m Mamobooghene, but call me Mamobo (she/her), I am 24, based in Limerick, raised in Wexford and born in Nigeria. I am a social psychologist (in 3rd year of PhD) whose research highlights the media and social representations of multicultural people in Ireland.

My love for performing arts never dwindled and so I chose to channel both my research and my love for the arts in my social entrepreneurship, in a platform called Gorm MediaGorm Media, is a digital media platform that curates common ground through curiosity, conversation and creativity.

Open Call 1:

Are you a young Limerick artist, musician, performer, poet or dancer? If so, we are looking to showcase your work as part of Lasta 2021, 11th – 20th June!

Please fill the following form to sign up and show us your work: click here or email Deadline to apply: 14th of May 2021.


Hi, my name is Stephen Hartigan. I am 22 and I’m from Limerick. I’m a painter first and foremost, although I think it isn’t good to label yourself into one thing. I graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2020, with a BA in Painting. Since graduating I taught oil painting classes for a few months in The Peoples Museum of Limerick. I have also organised an exhibition in the same building.

I’ve drawn all my life but when I started painting, I found I could finally create something I’d consider art. What drives me and inspires me to paint is seeing the works of former artists such as Rothko, Goya, Rembrandt or Bacon, and feeling the intense emotions and awe they can create with their work. It is something beyond words, something I cannot express with language, so I attempt to express it with paint.

Open Call 2:

*Open Call* for an opportunity to take part in an exhibition in Limerick, as part of a nationwide festival called ‘Lasta’ taking place in June. The work will be exhibited online, due to Covid-19 restrictions. This is a great opportunity to get your name out there, as we shall promote all selected applicants on our social media and give them an audience to witness their work.

Participants work will be photographed, filmed and they will be asked to do a short interview about their creative process and their work. 3 artists within the exhibition will be chosen to receive a prize by a panel of visual artists from the young curator’s programme.

Who Can Enter?

Visual Artists based in Limerick, over 18 years old. Open but not limited to Painting, Sculpture, Print, Textiles, Photography, Fashion, Ceramics, Film & Digital Art. In your Application please include:
A short proposal outlining your project in less than 300 words.  An Artists CV and Statement Up to 3 Image or Video examples of the work you plan to present. With the dimensions and medium of the work.

Please send all applications with the subject line “Visual Arts Festival” to by 4pm on the 14th of May.