IMMA is committed to empowering artists to make the work they want to make, embracing the full breadth of art-forms evolving in contemporary practice. Our current five-year strategy considers the resources we hold on our historically resonant site, and within our Collection, networks and audience, to support artists’ research, collaboration and experimentation.
Since its inception in 1991 IMMA has worked with hundreds of Irish and international artists. We have a particular commitment to supporting Irish artists and contributing to a stronger international network to promote the work of Irish artists across the world, and we are building a directory of their work, here on this website. This work has begun and we will be adding to it over the coming months and years as part of an important archive and digitisation strategy.
We work with and support artists across all of our programmes including exhibitions, workshops, talks, performances, residencies, acquisitions, and more. We regularly commission artists, across disciplines, to create new work.
Our exhibition programme is curated by invitation and our curators plan 2-4 years in advance. Artists are considered within IMMA’s curatorial research process, studio visits, and alongside the museum’s long-term planning of the wider artistic programme.
Our residency programme provides opportunities for national and international artists, curators, critical writers and art professionals to research and develop their practices onsite at the Museum. It supports both emerging and established practitioners, working in a variety of formats, and is programmed through open and invited strands of programming. Visit the Residency section to find out more.
We collect artists work for now and for the future, through the IMMA National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. The Collection is firmly rooted in the present and important contemporary works are added each year. We purchase new works directly from artists and their galleries, we do not purchase from the secondary market. Our collection of modern art is regularly enhanced by donation or loan with a particular emphasis on work from the 1940s onwards. Our Strategic Collection Development Plan 2017-2022, which is renewed every five years, may be viewed here.
IMMA has a number of dedicated fundraising initiatives in place to support our work with artists. IMMA 1000, in particular, supports our ability to work with Irish artists, providing a fund to purchase, commission, programme and give residential bursaries to Irish artists. Since its inception in 2015 we have raised over €250,000 for Irish work, with the support of founding partner Goodbody.
Our corporate partner Hennessy has created a crucial acquisition fund – The Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection – which has enabled us to purchase works from Irish artists not yet represented in the IMMA Collection. We have purchased 12 works in the past three years with Hennessy’s support.
Corporate partner Matheson have, since 2015, enabled us to commission and present new work at IMMA, and in 2018 are supporting our work with Irish artists. We are indebted to all of our Corporate partners, members, patrons and private donors who collectively support our programme, making our work with artists possible.
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