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SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festival is a 10-day celebration of art, music, food and performance with free activities for families and children of all ages 4-14 June 2015. Click here to view the programme.


IMMA has a broad range of family programmes to engage audiences of all ages:

Family Workshop – Explorer
Sundays 2.00 – 4.00pm  | Until 28 May 
Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff, and enjoy a hands-on workshop in the galleries. Explorer is drop-in, fun and free. 

Family Workshop – Mornings at the Museum
10.00 – 11.00am  | Wed 1 & Thu 2 April and Wed 8 & Thu 9 April 
Have some creative family time during the Easter holidays. Children and grown-ups can enjoy visiting an exhibition and making artworks together in the gallery. Drop into the main IMMA reception at 10am.

New Family Resources – eye.see

eye.see is a fun, interactive and easy to use self-guided resource for families visiting IMMA. It is a series of beautiful viewfinders inspired by artworks from the museum’s Collection, including Max Bill, Doublement, Iran do Espírito Santo, Untitled (Keyhole) and John Newling, Maquette for A Turning Mutability. eye.see helps families to look closer at artworks on display at IMMA, and comes with an information card which provides questions for parents / carers to use to help support your conversations.

You can pick up eye.see from our shop for €2 so you can peep through keyholes and pop out circles to see what lies behind them! eye.see can be used at home or in other places for further exploration and observation.

Literary IMMA Art Trail

Look, No Cows is a trail for families by Siobhán Parkinson which visits her favourite artworks from IMMA's Collection in the museum grounds. The booklet includes a map and is available free of charge.

Click below to watch the video with Siobhan Parkinson walking the trail with children: (video length approx. 19 minutes)

Young People

IMMA offers creative experiences for 12-15 year olds and 15-18 year olds which consist of looking, discussing, and making, as well as engaging with IMMA’s exhibitions and Collection, and working with contemporary artists. IMMA runs workshops and events for young people during the summer and Easter holidays, as well as during mid-term break.

IMMA Teens | Summer Art Workshops 

Three day art workshop for Teens
Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th July:

  • Workshops for 12-15 year olds take place 11:00 to 13:00 each day. Book Here
  • Workshops for 15-18 year olds take place 14:00 to 16:00 each day. Book Here

Location: IMMA, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Workshops free of charge.

Workshop description:
Taking inspiration from the current exhibition More Than One Maker, join artist John O'Connell in this exciting 3-day workshop on the theme of playgrounds.

The workshop will focus on animation and drawing as a way of exploring movement, narrative and the make believe. Working both individually and collectively participants will be introduced into the principles of animation and will together create a collaborative film. Emphasis is placed on exploring one’s own individual curiosity through making, thinking and talking.

 This summer workshop is free but must be booked. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please present a copy of your Showclix ticket when you arrive at IMMA for the workshop.

Contact or for further information.

If you wish to be added to our email list for teens please email stating which age category you would like to receive information about; 12-15 years old and/or 15-18 years old.

Click here for IMMA policies on privacy and child protection


Studio 10

Studio 10 is the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s (IMMA) gallery sessions programme for adults of all levels of creative experience. It combines tours, discussions, art-making and more, and is an excellent springboard for engaging with modern and contemporary art. Blocks of sessions will address particular exhibitions at IMMA and will be facilitated by two IMMA Mediators. Blocks comprise of four consecutive weekly sessions, 10am-12.30pm on Fridays, and are based from Studio 10, IMMA, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8:

BLOCK A: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th February

Exhibition focus: TROVE: Dorothy Cross selects from the National Collections. Exhibition sponsored by BNP Paribas

BLOCK B: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March

Exhibition focus: Duncan Campbell and also IMMA Collection: Conversations

BLOCK C: 10th, 17th, 24th April & 1st May

Exhibition focus: Gerda Frömel & Diogo Pimentão

BLOCK D: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May

Exhibition focus: Karla Black

Blocks of sessions are free, no booking is required, and participants may attend multiple blocks as they so wish.

Drawing Each Other with artist Dorothy Smith

As part of a workshop at IMMA on Saturday 17 May 2014 in association with National Drawing Day and Bealtaine 2014, 16 people aged from 10-17 years gathered at IMMA to draw each other. Quick warm-up sketches gradually led to longer 20mins drawings. You can watch the video, showing some of the exploration and adventure of these drawings, by clicking on the image below to launch youtube.


Pre-booked Guided Tours

Guided tours are available for special interest groups including schools, colleges and adult/community education. Tours are led by IMMA staff and are free of charge except for occasional temporary exhibitions - students in full time education are exempt from this charge. Tour times: Tuesday to Friday at 9.30am; 10:00am, 10.30am, 11.00am and 2.30pm.Booking required.

Maximum School group size 32.Two adults should accompany each school group. Maximum Adult group size 50. Please click here to book a tour online or tel: 01 612-9937, email:, at least two weeks in advance. Please read the Terms and Conditions before booking your tour.

Guided Tour & Workshop

Groups can also arrange a workshop in conjunction with a guided tour. For further information please contact Lisa Moran, tel: 01 612 9912, email: or Caroline Orr, tel: 01 612-9956, email:


Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
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