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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 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

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IMMA WORKSHOP 2015 | Saturday 7th February, 10:00 - 13:00

Artist Claire Halpin leads a Saturday morning workshop for primary teachers at IMMA based on the exhibition Trove. 

If you are a primary teacher with an interest in art, here’s an opportunity to:

o Explore a current art exhibition at IMMA - Trove: Dorothy Cross selects from the National Collections Sponsored by BNP Paribas;

o Experience creative ideas, processes, and materials in the company of a contemporary artist;

o Enjoy the historic surrounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

o The workshop's free, but booking is essential as places are limited – to book online, click here.

Based in the Garden Galleries and Studio 8 at IMMA, this workshop links different strands of the curriculum to selected artworks in the galleries. You don’t need prior knowledge or experience. Please email Mark Maguire with any queries or call 01 612 9950.

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 for Trove, Dorothy Cross selects from the National Collections, sponsored by BNP Paribas.

These resources are in three parts and have been prepared to provide supplementary information for 2nd level students and teachers visiting an exhibition. Please click on the following links to download the resource documents.

Part 1: Visiting an Exhibition (PDF - 450KB)
Includes general information about visiting a museum or gallery and information about the Irish Museum of Modern Art in particular.
Part 2: Trove Resources for second level students and teachers (PDF 6MB)
Part 3: Trove Resources for transition year students and teachers (PDF 3MB)

What is Modern and Contemporary Art? A Glossary of Art Terms
The Glossary inlcudes a select number of terms relating to the subjects of Modern and Contemporary Art. Intended to be informative rather than definitive, the glossary is not comprehensive or exhaustive but it is a great place to start. >arrowGlossary (Adobe PDF - 107KB)

Archive of previous Second Level Teacher / Student Resources

Patrick Scott: Image Space Light 16 February - 22 June 2014
>arrowTeachers 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.

Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter 12 October 2013 - 26 January 2014
>arrowTeachers’ Resources: Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter (Adobe PDF - 3.42MB)  
>arrowStudent Resources: Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter (Adobe PDF - 3.41MB) 

Alice Maher: Becoming 6 October 2012 - 17 February 2013
>arrowSecond Level Resource: Alice 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
>arrow Second Level Resource: Rivane Neuenschwander Part 1 (Adobe PDF - 163K)
>arrow Second Level Resource: Rivane Neuenschwander Part 2 (Adobe PDF - 749KB)

The Moderns October 2010 - March 2011
>arrow Second Level Resouce: The Moderns (Adobe PDF - 848KB)

Museum Visit and Talks for Second Level Students and Teachers

  • talks for second-level school teachers in preparation for taking a group to see an exhibition;
  • tours of the exhibitions for students and teachers throughout the year;
  • talks by artists and specialists at key points of the exhibitions programme. Follow the link to > arrow linkTalks and Lectures for further information.

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 Lisa Moran, Curator Education and Community Programmes at IMMA or IADT 1st year BA Visual Arts Practice Team: Laurence Riddell or DesWard.

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

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...?.

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