IMMA-ginary Space is an exhibition developed through the continued successful partnership between Art Alongside and the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s National Programme. Art Alongside is an initiative of Wexford County Council Arts Department and is co-funded by the Arts Council and participating primary schools, in partnership with the Wexford Arts Centre and IMMA’s National Programme. Art Alongside is a visual arts programme carried out in an education setting which brings together artists and children in local Co Wexford primary schools to work ‘alongside’ each other based on a chosen theme. Its primary purpose is to allow a framework where artists can work authentically as artists while contributing to the local community.
In IMMA-ginary Space a selection of the children’s work, created during the Art Alongside2011-2012 programme, is exhibited alongside works by Art Alongside artists Helen Robbins and Mary Claire O’Brien, and works from the IMMA Collection.
For this project primary school pupils from Our Lady of Fatima School, Wexford, and St Senan's National School, Enniscorthy, were shown high quality reproductions of art works from the IMMA Collection. Guided by artists Mary Claire O’Brien and Helen Robbins, the children were facilitated in looking carefully at each of these reproductions to make their choice of works to be included in the exhibition. Following this period of research, the classroom art projects were devised, based on the students’ understanding of and responses to their chosen piece of work.
The pupils selected works from the IMMA Collection by Irish based artists Stephen Brandes, Maud Cotter and Grace Weir, and international artists Antonio Dias, Stefan Kürten and Jesús Rafael Soto. The focus for selecting the art works was to explore notions of scale, imagination and the universe.
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