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Looking for the 2016 SUMMER PARTY?

IMMA celebrates the major exhibition Propositions by Hélio Oiticica, with a ten day festival of ART, MUSIC, PERFORMANCE and FOOD, with day-long free family activities and night-time events not to be missed.

All taking place in IMMA’s stunning formal gardens and historic North Wing

Join us to celebrate summer at IMMA!

Highlights include a very special edition of THISISPOPBABY's performance, art and club extravaganza WERK; GRACELANDS, artist and chef curated food events presented by Michelle Darmody and Fiona Hallinan including lunch-time and evening banquets; family workshops with artists, chefs and special guests Up & Over It alternative Irish dance group; Happenings pop-up outdoor cinema, Hare Café and Cake Café on the lawn; live music in the gardens including The BQ Trio and Roland Gomez; open studios; gallery and garden talks; and the grand finale IMMA’s Summer Party with live music by Gang Coloursand Maria Somerville, and DJ sets by Donal Dineen and David Kitt!

Our gardens are open to everyone so join us and bring your own Picnic Baskets!

Hélio Oiticica proposed with his work ways ‘of giving the individual the possibility to ‘experiment’  to no longer be the spectator and become the participant’, and it is in this spirit that IMMA invites you to be part of the SUMMER RISING – to taste, to listen, to look , to enjoy and most of all to take part.

All day-time activities free, tickets starting from €15.00 for food and night-time events. To buy tickets please click on the Book Now button


Helio Oiticica, Parangole
Hélio Oiticica, Parangolé, P4 Cape 1, 1964, Photo: Sergio Zalis



Opening Reception of Propositions by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica
7pm - 9pm,
All welcome, galleries open until 9pm

THISISPOPBABY's performance, art and club extravaganza WERK at IMMA - HEAT RASH
8:30pm. Tickets €20.00
In a blistering haze of neon and discotheque, live art and performance, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is getting hot waxed for WERK. Performance Sweatshop, Literary Frenzy, Dancefloor Riot & Art Wank: WERK unites underground heroes, phabulous phreaks, drama queens & performance giants in a furious and feverish night of passion. Hatched in the sequinned bowels of the Abbey Theatre, baptised in the mushy fields of Electric Picnic, and deflowered on the banks of the Yarra at Melbourne International Festival, WERK drags her bacon back to Dublin for a one-off epic summer sizzler. It’s a block party. Clock in – WERK out! Click here to book

Saturday 19 July

FAMILIES - The Garden Rising, 12noon – 5pm, All events Free
A daytime celebration of art, food and performance for all ages taking place in IMMA’s stunning gardens. Highlights include a workshop in decorating your own Edible Gingerbread Canvas where you can feast on your own creation; join in on an electro-pop céilí with dance duo Up and Over It; drop into our day long art workshop inspired by the Hélio Oiticica exhibition, play an instrument in our musical garden with the Trade School/Laptop Orchestra, Rocketman will lead the whole family through ways to pickle and preserve your vegetables, and watch out for our special guest Panti Bliss! Enjoy food from our Concrete Tiki Café or bring your own Picnic Baskets.

12noon onwards: Edible Gingerbread Canvas Workshop
Families can choose to feast on their own artistic gingerbread creations after drawing with icing, inspired by images of Hélio Oiticica costumes.Booking required, email

12noon onwards: Family art workshop with Mobile Art School
Throughout the day artist Ruth Lyons will be inviting families to use light as a medium to create prismic sun-catchers. This workshop is a continuum of a previous sculptural work called the Ecstasy of Power. Curated by Jennie Guy & Cleo Fagan (Mobile Art School)

12noon onwards: Dublin Laptop Orchestra create a Musical Garden
The Dublin Laptop Orchestra are a group with a passion for sound, performance and interaction. Their installation will combine a sense of procession and order found in  Hélio Oticica's work, with a playful engagement in sound and collaboration. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled, lest you miss their vivid, multi-sensory piece in the garden.

12noon - 2pm: Great NEW workshops announced for Trade School at SUMMER RISING
These workshops are one hour long and all take place in IMMA's gardens. You don't need to pay! You just need to bring a small barter item that your teacher has requested (such as a box of tea bags, batteries, a recipe, or a surprise - full list on Trade School website). For more info, full class details or to sign up for a class (or to teach) please click here 

Concrete Tiki's The Hare
12noon – 5pm. Tickets €20.00
Artists Daniel TuomeyTom Watt, and Tanad Aaron Williams, have constructed the Concrete Tiki in IMMA’s Formal Gardens from which both The Hare (on Sat 19 July) and The Cake Café (on Sat 26 July) will operate hourly food sittings. The Hare is a food project devised by artist Fiona Hallinan and chef Katie Sanderson. On Saturday 19 July, a set menu will feature a signature dish of The Hare, the 3-in-1: a board of mostly raw, locally sourced, plant-based produce and Dublin Sourdough bread and dips including drinks and a super-food dessert. Snacks and 3-in-1 boxes available for those who haven’t booked. Click here to book

12noon - 5.00pm Screening | Hélio Oiticica
Lecture Room, Drop in,
Hélio Oiticica, Brazil 2012, Color,  94 min, on a loop, Director and Producer Cesar Oiticica Filho, Guerilha Films/Video Films.
Cesar Oiticica Filhos film is a visually striking found-footage documentary about the filmmakers uncle, the artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980). Click here for more information

12noon - 1pm: Drop in and visit our resident artists in the IMMA Studios

1pm - 2pm: NCAD students and Hélio Oiticica
IMMA is delighted to be working in collaboration with the MA course Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, to realise a selection of the written Propositions by Hélio Oiticica. These will be curated and enacted by students on in the gardens and will offer a unique opportunity to connect physically and conceptually with artworks from the exhibition.

1pm onwards: Film Screening / Hélio Oiticica - Lecture Room
Film on the artist Hélio Oiticica, Brazil 2012, Colour, 94 minutes, on a loop. Director and Producer Cesar Oiticica Filho. Guerilha Films/Video Films.

2pm – 3pm: Join in with dance duo Up and Over It in the formal garden as they continue to stretch the concept of Irish dancing to its limits, including electro-pop, alternative percussion, and contemporary dance in the mix.

2pm - 3.30pm: Pickling workshop with Rocketman
Jack Crotty from Cork will lead the whole family through ways to pickle and preserve your vegetables. Booking required, email

3pm - 4pm: Story and Picture time with Panti
Panti will be starting a story through drawing. Take a marker, join in, and add your own drawing. Guaranteed fun!

4pm: Discussion with curators César Oiticica Filho + Rachael Thomas in the Formal Gardens
Curators of the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: Propositions discuss the unique conception and development of this major exhibition. Click here to book

Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 July

A Week of Free Activities for Families:

Summer Camps for Teens
Tuesday 22 July – Thursday 24 July / Artist Rhona Byrne will lead two Summer camps for teens.

Mornings at the Museum
Wednesday and Thursday morning, 10am – 11am / Free family workshop where where children and parents can explore artworks and making art together.

Babies in Buggies, Parents with Prams
Fridays, 10:45 – 11:30am / join us for a free tour of selected exhibitions.

Thursday 24 July

Happenings Open Air Film Screening, 8pm – 11.10pm, , Tickets €5.00 at the gate, Location: The Meadows
Open-air film screening of the wonderful LABYRINTH. Click here for updates on the Happenings Facebook page

Friday 25 July

The IMMA Banquet
Friday 25 July at 7.00pm. Tickets €50.00
IMMA's Chapel hosts a unique feast curated by Michelle Darmody of The Cake Café and artist Fiona Hallinan. One of Ireland’s most exciting chefs Jess Murphy of Kai restaurant in Galway, and artist Mark Garry have been brought together to create an installation that surrounds you as you feast. Beginning with a private tour of the Hélio Oiticica exhibition Propositions at 7pm exclusive to Banquet guests. A complementary cocktail will be served upon arrival and select wines are available. Click here to book

Saturday 26 July

FAMILIES - The Garden Rising continues, 12noon – 5pm, All events Free
The formal gardens will be alive with sounds as a series of free musical performances pop up in the lawns, with site responsive performances by Seán Mac Erlaine, The BQ Trio, Roland Gomez and rock and pop covers choir The Line Up and an interactive installation Wow&Flutter by Jimmy Eadie. Join in on our foodie workshops butter making with Imen McDonnell of Modern Farmette, fish smoking with Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery, and how to forage for Irish seaweed with Sally McKenna. Once again you can take part in our day long art workshop inspired by the Hélio Oiticica exhibition and our resident artists studio’s will be open for visits. Enjoy food from our Concrete Tiki Café or bring your own Picnic Baskets!

12noon onwards: Free musical performances will pop up throughout the day in IMMA’s formal gardens, with site responsive performances by Seán Mac Erlaine, The BQ Trio, Roland Gomez and rock and pop covers choir The Line Up. Also presenting an interactive installation Wow&Flutter by Jimmy Eadie. Just come along and enjoy the music.

12noon onwards: Family art workshop with Mobile Art School
Artist Karl Burke will be inviting families to experience and build a sensorial response to a multiplicity of sounds. Curated by Jennie Guy & Cleo Fagan (Mobile Art School).

Concrete Tiki's The Cake Café
Saturday 26 July 12noon – 5pm. Tickets €20.00
The Cake Café is serving a set menu throughout the day of locally sourced Irish ingredients for a sit-down three course lunch. Michelle Darmody of The Cake Café has commissioned the Dublin design studio Distinctive Repetition to create bespoke serving platters for the lunch that guests get to take home! Snacks and 3-in-1 boxes available for those who haven’t booked.
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12noon - 1pm: Gardner’s Tour of the Formal Gardens | Cathal O’ Sullivan (Craft Gardener, Formal Gardens,) Formal Gardens
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12noon - 1pm: Drop in and visit our resident artists in the IMMA Studios

12noon - 1.30pm: Butter making workshop with Imen McDonnell
Imen, or as she is better known Modern Farmette, married an Irish farmer and moved from New York to the farm where she has made butter ever since. She will talk you through making your own using milk from her dairy herd. Booking required, email

1pm - 2pm: Discussion | Cultural Trends in Irish Gastronomy, Formal Gardens               
Michelle Darmody (Food journalist, writer, and Restaurateur, Cake Cafe) leads a discussion with Jess Murphy (Chef and Restaurateur of Kai, Galway ) and Mark Garry (artist) on how new cultural trends in Irish gastronomy are informing collaborative ideas between artists, chefs and restaurateurs. Click here to book                                                

1.30pm -3pm: Using Irish seaweed with Sally McKenna
Sally will talk us through ways to forage and collect the seaweed that lines our shores. She will also introduce ways of cooking and incorporating this nutritious ingredient into our diet. Booking required, email

2pm - 3pm: Gallery Discussion + Open Studios | Unseen Presence, Project Spaces            
Janice Hough (Residency Programme, IMMA) and the exhibiting artists currently living and working at IMMA. Open studios from 12 - 1pm. Click here to book

3.30pm - 5pm: Fish smoking workshop with Sally Barnes
Sally will teach you how to creating a biscuit tin smoker and smoke fish caught in the West of Cork. Booking required, email

6pm: Next Generation IMMA: Launch of #IMMA25 for 18-25 year olds
To celebrate #IMMA25, an exciting new youth collective for anyone interested in the creative arts between the ages of 18–25, we’re hosting the IMMA RISING RALLY as a part of SUMMER RISING.  Special €10 tickets (discounted from €15) are on offer for thirty 18-25 year olds – discount ticket winners will attend the IMMA RISING RALLY, have the opportunity to win complimentary cocktails also have access to all the spectacular events during the IMMA Summer Party. To win and attend the IMMA RISING RALLY simply click Join and Like and Share this event at

IMMA Summer Party
7.30pm. Tickets €15.00
Join us to celebrate Oiticica’s birthday and the closing of SUMMER RISING. A night of art, music and food with the first Irish performance of Gang Colours and music by Somerville. A specially commissioned edition of GRACELANDS – The Dark Thoughts that Surround Neon featuring Sarah Pierce, Seamus Nolan, Walker and Walker amongst others. DJ sets by Donal Dineen, David Kitt, 11:11 and Emmet Condon. With specially curated food by Michelle Darmody of The Cake Café and artist Fiona Hallinan. Cocktails and bites by House in Cork Opera House will be available on arrival. Luncheonette, Killer Sandwich and 3FE will also be providing a food offering throughout the evening. Click here to book

IMMA Blog - Find out more on our SUMMER RISING events

Back to WERK by Soracha Pelan Ó Treasaigh

SUMMER RISING Music by Aoife Flynn

Free Family Events at SUMMER RISING

SUMMER RISING will open up our gardens and grounds and is made possible by the OPW Per Cent for Art Scheme.


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