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IMMA reopens with a new outdoor space The People’s Pavilion, Social Distancing Circles and a programme of outdoor activities

We are delighted to welcome the public back to IMMA as we reopen the campus from today, Monday 29 June. The grounds of IMMA reopen with a new outdoor tented area called The People’s Pavilion located on our front lawn and Social Distancing Circles placed across the site where friends and families can meet safely and enjoy IMMA. Our outdoor programme will focus on art trails, our gardens and an activated programme of pop-up events in The People’s Pavilion which will include collaborations with local community groups and artist collectives from mid-July. All this will be complemented by a new outdoor pop-up café The Flying Dog.

Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA, said “The roadmap to recovery has placed a new focus on the importance of outdoor convivial spaces where we can gather safely and I am pleased that we can celebrate this at IMMA. The grounds are going to be of central importance to IMMA’s programming going forward. This summer we encourage you to use IMMA as a place to meet with friends and family in our Social Distancing Circles, follow our outdoor art trails, drop into the People’s Pavilion and try our new outdoor pop-up café The Flying Dog”.

The galleries will reopen in phases from tomorrow, Tuesday 30 June, beginning with the Freud Project which examines the work of Lucian Freud through an accompanying digital research programme exploring the role of the studio. Also opening is our archive exhibition IMMA Archive: 1990s, From the Edge to the Centre which celebrates the ambitious IMMA Collection and Archive Digitisation Project. From 21 July we will open the long-awaited exhibition by British-Indian artist Bharti Kher, A Consummate Joy, together with the main reception area, the IMMA Shop and an increased offering in The People’s Pavilion. We will launch a full programme of exhibitions in the autumn.

In order to ensure that public health guidelines are adhered to we are reducing the number of people into our exhibition spaces. Entry to the exhibitions is free but by ticketed timeslot. Tickets can be booked via our new booking system at where visitors will find more information to ensure their visit is safe and enjoyable.

We will also continue to offer our online programme throughout the summer months. Newly launched is the IMMA International Summer School which takes place from 3 to 28 August 2020. This is an online programme of lectures, discussions and workshops by artists, theorists and educators who will focus on the theme of ‘statecraft’ and the role of art and artists in relation to the state. We will also continue to present IMMA Screen, an online screening series showcasing film and video works from the IMMA Collection. We are delighted to present Visibility: Moderate (1981) by Vivienne Dick as the second work from the Collection to be showcased as part of IMMA Screen alongside a new interview with the artist.

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For further information and images please contact:
Monica Cullinane E: 
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Patrice Molloy E: 
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Additional Notes for Editors


Museum opening hours

Mon: Closed (Grounds are open to the public)
Tues to Fri: 11.30am – 5.30pm
Sat: 10am – 5.30pm
Sun: 12noon – 5.30pm


The Flying Dog Café
Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm

Sun: 12noon – 6pm


The People’s Pavilion
The People’s Pavilion is open Museum hours.


Links to our website for further details on exhibitions

IMMA Collection: Freud Project, The Artist’s Studio – from 30 June

IMMA Archives, 1990s: From the Edge to the Centre – from 30 June

Bharti Kher, A Consummate Joy – from 21 July

Outdoor Art Trails

IMMA Families: Outdoor artworks, Natural Materials & Steel and Bronze

A Guide to the Gardens and Meadows: Tree Walk

A Guide to the Gardens and Meadows: Wild Plants and Flowers


IMMA Explorer Activity Pack
This free family activity pack includes an activity booklet with games, puzzles and tasks, as well as a pack of colouring pencils and an Explorer identity badge. Packs can be picked up from the Freud Centre reception.


IMMA Online

Further details of IMMA’s online programmes are available on our webpage IMMA Online.

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.