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Primary School Programme 2013. Photography Mirjam Keune

Primary school children can explore the artworks and ideas found in a selected exhibition and respond to their experience in the gallery through a workshop activity. Each guided tour with workshop is led by IMMA staff, 10am – 12noon, Tuesday – Friday. The standard fee is €26.00, Deis exempt. Booking is online, see below. Click the month of your choice. 

Book 2014  September,   October,   November,   December 
Visit the exhibition Conversations, which features a selection of diverse displays from the IMMA Collection.

Book 2015  January,   February  
Visit the exhibition Trove, selected by artist Dorothy Cross, and featuring work from the collections of IMMA, the Crawford Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the National Museum of Ireland. 

Book 2015  March 
The focus for primary schools returns to the IMMA Collection exhibition Conversations during March.

Book 2015 AprilMayJune
Visit an exhibition by Gerda Frömel in IMMA's Garden Galleries and explore selected works by other artists in the galleries and grounds.


Primary School Programme 2013. Photography Mirjam Keune

Free guided tours of IMMA's exhibitions are also available for primary school classes, Tuesday - Friday. The tours are 45 minutes in duration and are led by IMMA’s staff. Please click here to book a tour online or tel: 01 612-9937, email:, at least two weeks in advance.

Throughout the school year, IMMA welcomes self-guided visits by primary school teachers and their classes. Up to five exhibitions of modern and contemporary art are open to the public, along with a permanent OPW heritage display. IMMA is situated in the historic Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which includes a formal garden and large meadows. So there is plenty of space for outdoor exercise and having a class picnic. Teachers may want to optimise their day out: IMMA is walking distance from both Kilmainham Gaol and the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. There is also a paid car park to the rear of the main building.  Teachers may find resources that are useful to their visit by clicking into the Family section, including downloadable trails and videos. Teachers can also explore the IMMA Collection online.

Prior to a class visit, teachers may want more information about an exhibition to ensure its relevance to the age or stage of development of their group. If you need advice regarding your visit, or specific information about the primary school programme and any forthcoming teachers’ workshops, please contact Mark Maguire, tel: 01 6129950 or email

Archive of previous Primary Teachers Notes

>arrowClick here for Primary Teachers Notes on Patrick Scott: Image Space Light.
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist (Acrobat Adobe PDF - 721KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Analysing Cubism (Acrobat Adobe PDF - 283KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Alice Maher: Becoming (Word doc 2003 - 2.30MB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Time out of Mind (Word doc 2003 - 322KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection (Adobe PDF - 329KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Rivane Neuenschwander (Word doc 2003 - 104KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Madden/Arnholz - PDF
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Philip Taaffe - PDF
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Romuald Hazoumè- Word 
>arrow Primary School Report for Alice Maher’s exhibition Becoming, November 2012 – February 2013.


IMMA invites secondary school teachers to bring their class groups to IMMA any time during opening hours. Teachers can also book a specialised tour and/or gallery talk and arrange for their class group to meet resident artists on the Artists’ Residency Programme. Click >arrowhere to go to tour bookings.

Visiting an Art Museum or Gallery: Resources for Second Level Students and Teachers

These resources are in two parts. Please click on the following links to download the resource documents.

Part 1: Visiting an Exhibition (Adobe PDF - 69.6KB)
Includes general information about visiting a museum or gallery and information about the Irish Museum of Modern Art in particular.

Part 2: Teachers’ Resources Patrick Scott IMAGE SPACE LIGHT (Adobe PDF - 4.84MB) 
Information and resources for teachers and students about the Patrick Scott exhibition focusing on a select number of art works featured in the exhibition.

These resources have been prepared to provide supplementary information for 2nd level students and teachers visiting an exhibition.

Glossary of Art Terms

The following are a select number of terms relating to the subjects of Modern and Contemporary Art. This glossary is not comprehensive or exhaustive and is intended to be informative rather than definitive.

Glossary (Adobe PDF - 107KB)

What is Modern and Contemporary Art?
This Glossary was prepared in the context of the What is ...? information programme, which explores key themes and issues in relation to modern and contemporary art, through a series of talks, information booklets and web-based resources. This glossary will be developed, amended and expanded over time >arrow Click here for more information on What Is...?.

Previous Exhibitions and Resources

Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter
12 October 2013 - 26 January 2014

>arrowTeachers’ Resources Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter (Adobe PDF - 3.42MB) 
Information and resources for teachers about the Eileen Gray exhibition focusing on a select number of art works featured in the exhibition.

 >arrowStudent Resources Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter (Adobe PDF - 3.41MB) 
Information and resources for students about the Eileen Gray exhibition focusing on a select number of art works featured in the exhibition.

Alice Maher: Becoming
6 October 2012 - 17 February 2013

>arrowAlice Maher Becoming (Adobe PDF - 3.18MB)
provides information about the Alice Maher exhibition focusing on a select number of art works featured in the exhibition.

Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other
November 2011 - January 2012

Rivane Neuenschwander, I Wish Your Wish, 2003, Silkscreen on fabric ribbons, Dimensions variable, Detail, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, EUA / USA, Photo by Chocolate Milk, Photography, Courtesy the artist, Fortes Vilaça Gallery, São Paulo; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Viena; Juan e [and] Patricia Vergez, ArgentinaRivane Neuenschwander, The Tenant, 2010, High-definition digital video, 0:10:34, Made in collaboration with Cao Guimarães, Soundtrack O Grivo, Still, Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

>arrow Second Level Resource: Rivane Neuenschwander Part 1 (Adobe PDF - 163KB)
>arrow Second Level Resource: Rivane Neuenschwander Part 2 (Adobe PDF - 749KB)

The Moderns exhibition
October 2010 - March 2011

>arrow Second Level Resouce: The Moderns (Adobe PDF - 848KB)

Paul Henry. Errigal, Co. Donegal, c. 1930. oil on canvas. 36 x 38 cm. Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art. Heritage Gift by Bank of Ireland, 1999 Jack B. Yeats. st. Stephen's Green, Closing Time, 1950. Oil on canvas. 36 x 53.5 cm.  Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art. Heritage Gift by Brian Timmons, 2002. Jack B. Yeats. The Small Ring, 1930. Oil on canvas. 61 x 91.5 cm. Collection Crawford Art Galler, Cork. Louis le Brocquy, A Picnic, 1940. Wax-resin medium on canvas mounted on board. 40 x 40 cm. Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art
The Institute of Art, Design and Technology and the Irish Museum of Modern Art

The students from the 1st year BA (Hons.) in Visual Arts Practice course at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, are based in IMMA's studios for 12 weeks during the year undertaking research around 'the idea of place.'

You can see aspects of the students’ work online at

For further information, you can contact IMMA: Lisa Moran, Curator Education and Community Programmes, or IADT 1st year BA Visual Arts Practice Team: Laurence Riddell, Des Ward, Lynda Devenney & Tim Lloyd (

Museum Visit and Talks for Second Level Students and Teachers

Artists’ Residency Programme (ARP)
Teachers can also bring their class groups to meet one or more of the artists in residence in the Museum’s studios. All visits to the ARP are free of charge but advanced notice is required. For further information please follow the link to >arrow link ARP: Public Access

What’s on at IMMA for Secondary Schools?

>arrow link Gallery Visit
>arrow link Guided Tours
>arrow link Heritage Tours
>arrow link Talks & Lectures


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