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Storytellers from the IMMA Collection at South Tipperary Arts Centre

An exhibition of works from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection opens to the public at South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, on Friday 17 January 2003 as part of a collaborative exhibition between the Arts Centre and IMMA’s National Programme. ‘Storytellers from the IMMA Collection’ combines artworks by Irish and international artists in a wide variety of media and includes an etching by Pablo Picasso, sculpture by Janet Mullarney and screenprints by Robert Ballagh.

The Portugese-born artist Paula Rego draws on the tradition of children’s storybook illustration in the etching ‘Little Miss Muffet’. This work was made in response to a request from Rego’s grandchild, who did not seem at all distressed by the enlarged spider and adult face of Miss Muffet. The etching also has Freudian connections, as Freud believed that the mother was often perceived by a child as a spider, capturing it in her limbs and encroaching on its life.

Tipperary-born artist Alice Maher, who represented Ireland at the São Paulo Biennale in 1994, works within the realms of nature and culture, subversion and transformation, mythology and memory. Using materials such as bees, berries and hair, she builds up a strong relationship with their histories and cultural associations in the creation of surreal works that appear like enchanted objects from a medieval folk tale.

‘Scraping the Surface’ by John Kindness was part of a series made in New York using ‘treasures’ found in the city. Kindness is interested in the debris of human life and in this work he uses a New York taxi cab door, which he came across lying abandoned in the street, to create an etching which is deliberately reminiscent of classical Greek attic vases.

The National Programme is designed to create access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. Using the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and exhibitions generated by the Museum, the National Programme facilitates the creation of exhibitions and other projects for display in a range of locations around the country.

The National Programme establishes the Museum as inclusive, accessible and national, de-centralising the Collection, and making it available to communities in their own localities, on their own terms, in venues with which the audience is comfortable and familiar. A series of workshops and gallery talks will be held alongside the exhibition as part of the ‘Branching Out’ project. ‘Branching Out’ is a programme designed by the Irish Museum of Modern Art and National Irish Bank to be national, inclusive and participative, bringing the visual arts to the community and providing opportunities for the community to get involved.

‘Storytellers from the IMMA Collection’ continues until 28 February 2003 at the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

For further information and colour and black and white images please contact Monica Cullinane at Tel : +353 1 612 9900, Fax : +353 1 612 9999, Email : [email protected]

9 January 2003

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. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.