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Light Rhythms
15 February - 27April 2014

Fionnuala Conway and Mark Linnane, A rainbow in the palm of my hand, 2014. Interactive video work. Courtesy the artists

Light Rhythms is an exhibition about sound, light and line that is activated by families and young people of all ages.

In this space you will encounter artworks to view, alongside artworks and resources that you can interact with to make your own colour and sound installations. We invite you to join us in considering how lines, sound, colour, textures and light influence our experience of space.

Stop and listen, consider how you can change the sound in the room. Use your body to create your own Patrick Scott inspired image. Can you find two Ghost Ships that glow in the dark here in these rooms, perhaps in an unexpected place?

Over the course of the exhibition we are running a series of Saturday drop-in workshops called Sound Bites, whereby different artists will add a new interactive element to the exhibition and test it out live with visitors. This means that Light Rhythms will evolve and change, so drop in, take part and remember to come again as you will find something new each time!

This exhibition has been inspired by concurrent and upcoming exhibitions by artists Patrick Scott, Haroon Mirza and the site-specific neon work Line Writing by Vong Phaophanit, and we hope that you will visit these exhibitions alongside Light Rhythms.

Due to its popularity, Light Rhythms will be re-installed and extended for the Easter school holidays with interactive works by Karl Burke and Russell Hart, Fionnuala Conway and Mark Linnane and our immersive ‘light room’ remaining.

Sven Anderson                                                                                 
Karl Burke and Russell Hart                                                          
Fionnuala Conway and Mark Linnane
Dorothy Cross   
Patrick Hughes                                                                                                   
Slavek Kwi
Gavin Murphy                                                                   
Liam O’Callaghan

Light Rhythms Events

Sound Bites – a series of artist interventions
Saturdays, 12.00pm – 4.00pm
(Please note that on the dates below Light Rhythms will open at 12pm to allow time for set up).

Saturday 8 March - Sven Anderson
What happens if you record people and voices, including your own in a museum – a space that is traditionally silent?  Join sound artist Sven Anderson to use your voice around IMMA and experiment with sound, (aural) texture and chance. Bring your mobile phone to participate, or borrow one of ours. These multi-layered recordings will be combined after the event and left as an installation in Light Rhythms for future visitors!

Saturday 22 March - Slavek Kwi
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to be surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest in a gallery? What happens to how we experience a space if it is wrapped in paper? If you are curious to find out more, then pop in to join artist Slavek Kwi as we will hide and reveal the objects in our Project Spaces and beyond.

Saturday 5 April - Karl Burke
Join artist Karl Burke, whose sound artwork Compositions 1-36 (created in collaboration with Russell Hart) is in our Light Rhythms exhibition, to explore listening and to work together to create your own sound installation.

Friday 21 March 1.15 – 2.00pm
Pádraic E. Moore (writer and independent curator) leads an informal and speculative discussion on the art-historical context of Patrick Scott’s work.

Sundays, 2.00 – 4.00pm 
Why not drop in to Explorer our weekly family workshop programme, which will be responding to Light Rhythms for the exhibition’s duration.

New Family Resource – eye.see

eye.see Family Resource

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. Why not 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.

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


IMMA Art Trail LogoIMMA Art Trails
Bronze, Steel, Natural Materials: three IMMA trails with beautiful maps featuring outdoor works from the IMMA Collection are available free of charge in the galleries and in the basement corridor opposite the book shop.

To download the IMMA Art Trails please click on the below links:

>arrow linkBronze: IMMA Art Trail (Adobe PDF - 339KB)

>arrow linkSteel: IMMA Art Trail (Adobe PDF - 363KB)

>arrow linkNatural: IMMA Art Trail (Adobe PDF - 1.55MB)

For further information about IMMA’s family programmes please contact Katy Fitzpatrick, Projects Co-ordinator: Children's Programmes, email: or contact the information desk email:

What's on at IMMA for Families?

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Saturdays, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

TeenCreate provides 12-15 year olds with innovative creative experiences that connect with IMMA’s Collection and Exhibitions. Monthly sessions which consist of looking, discussing and making take place at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, meeting in Studio 10 at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. 

Dates for your diary:

  •  Saturday 29 March, 2 – 4.30pm, meet exhibiting artist Karl Burke whose sound work Compositions 1-36 (created in collaboration with Russell Hart) is in our Light Rhythms exhibition and work with him to create your own sound compositions.

Booking: sessions are free but booking is advised. Please book at email: or tel: 01 6129914.

For further information please contact Katy Fitzpatrick, Project-Co-ordinator: Children’s Programmes, Education & Community Department, email:, tel: 01 612 99 14.


On Saturday 5 April from 1.30pm to 3.30pm an exciting two-part workshop for 13-18 year olds, with Sound Artist Karl Burke and DJ Simon Conway.
Book this workshop: email

Calling all 13-18 year olds; why not join us in IMMA’s Project Spaces where first we’ll be meeting exhibiting artist Karl Burke, whose sound work Compositions 1-36 (created in collaboration with Russell Hart) is in our Light Rhythms exhibition, and be working with him to create our own sound compositions. 
Next up we’ll be heading over to the studio spaces to get a ‘how-to’ on the art of DJing with DJ Simon Conway ( of Forza Italo and Wave Forza fame. Simon will be walking us through the fundamentals of DJing with vinyl records and we’ll have the chance to try out a few DJ tricks on the decks ourselves. Not to be missed!
This event for young people is part of IMMA’s celebratory weekend for our Spring Opening with exhibitions by artists Patrick Scott, Haroon Mirza, Vong Phaophanit, and Sheela Gowda. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Logo for Studio 8, Young Peoples Programme at IMMASTUDIO 8 PROGRAMME FOR 15-18 YEAR OLDS

Studio8 is IMMA’s programme for 15-18 year olds which aims to provide young people with a variety of opportunities to connect with IMMA. This spring the programme is moving into a period of research and development before relaunching in a new form later in the year. Summer activities are also planned so please keep an eye on this webpage for updates.

For further information please contact Caroline Orr, Curator Education and Community Department, email:, tel: 01 612 99 56.

What's on at IMMA for Young People?

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For further information please contact Caroline Orr, Curator Education & Community Department, email, tel: 01-612 9956.


Participants from a Charcoal & Chocolate workshop with artist Leanne Mullen, 2004.  Photograph: Mirjam Keune, IMMA Artists' Panel.

IMMA offers a range of once-off and ongoing workshops to provide people with an opportunity to create work in response to their experiences visiting the gallery spaces and meeting artists. Workshops are led by professional artists and members of the Museum's > arrow linkMediators (gallery-based staff). Workshops take place in Studios 8, 9 and 10, and also in the galleries.

IMMA’s Studio10, Spring 2014

Studio10 is the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s 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: 21, 28 February & 7, 14 March
Exhibition focus: Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

BLOCK B: 21, 28 March & 4, 11 April
Exhibition focus: Are jee be? Haroon Mirza

BLOCK C: 25 April & 2, 9, 16 May
Exhibition focus: Sheela Gowda: Open Eye Policy


For further information please contact Caroline Orr, Curator Education and Community Department, email:, tel: 01 612 99 56.

Drawing with artist Dorothy Smith
On Saturday 17 May, 11am-1pm, IMMA is hosting a special drawing event with artist Dorothy Smith. We're looking forward to an interesting and fun day. All welcome! This event is in association with both the Bealtaine Festival and Drawing Day 2014.

For further information please contact Caroline Orr, email:, tel: 01-6129900.

Beatlaine Festival 2014
As part of the Bealtaine Arts Festival a dance troupe comprised of seniors will perform at IMMA on Sunday 1 June. This event is among thousands of arts and cultural events taking place in May/June, which is geared towards celebrating creativity in older people. Further details on the event at IMMA will be available shortly.
Click here to read an article in the Irish Independent about the dance troupe
Click here for further details on the Bealtaine Festival

What's on at IMMA for Adults?

> arrow link Gallery Visit
> arrow link Public Tours
> arrow link Heritage Tours
> arrow link Talks & Lectures
> arrow link ARP: Public Access

For further information on programmes for Adults please contact Lisa Moran, Curator: Education and Community Programmes, email: or Caroline Orr, Curator: Education and Community Programmes, tel: 01-612 9956, email:


Free tours
Groups can book online for a free guided tour of IMMA's exhibitions. Please note tours must be booked two weeks in advance of your intended visit. To book a tour please click > arrow linkhere.

Artists' Residency Programme visits
Groups can organise to meet one or more of the artists working on IMMA's Artists Residency Programme in the Museum's studios. All visits to the Artists Residency Programme are free of charge but advanced booking is required. To book please contact Janice Hough, Artists Residency Programme Coordinator, email: or contact the information desk at email:

Studio 10Workshops
Workshops for groups can be arranged in conjunction with a free guided tour or an Artists' Residency Programme visit. In this way, groups can discuss art work in the gallery or studio spaces and afterwards have a facilitated art making workshop. Please note workshops must be booked at least three weeks in advance of your intended visit. For further information or to book please contact Lisa Moran, Curator: Education and Community Programmes, tel: 01-612 9912, email: or Caroline Orr, Curator: Education and Community Programmes, tel: 01-612 9956, email:



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