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Tickets now on sale for SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festival

Tickets go on sale today (Tuesday 24 June 2014) for IMMA’s new festival, SUMMER RISING, at, with a line-up of events that invites everyone to come and enjoy a jam packed programme with something for all ages from Friday 18 July to Saturday 26 July 2014. Taking place in IMMA’s beautiful gardens and historic North Wing, in celebration of the much anticipated exhibition Propositions by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, SUMMER RISING promises to be a joyous celebration of art, music, food, and performance with day-long family events and a programme of night-time events you will not want to miss.

Highlights include a very special edition of THISISPOPBABY’s performance, art and club extravaganza WERK; GRACELANDS annual screening, sculpture and performance event curated by Vaari Claffey, artist and chef curated food events presented by Michelle Darmody and Fiona Hallinan including lunch-time and evening banquets; family workshops with artists, chefs and special guests Up & Over It alternative Irish dance group; Happenings pop-up outdoor cinema, Hare Café and Cake Café on the lawn; live music in the gardens including The BQ Trio, The Line Up, Seán Mac Erlaine, and Roland Gomez; open studios; gallery and garden talks; and the grand finale IMMA’s Summer Party featuring Gang Colours, Donal Dineen and David Kitt (DJ set) with more live acts to be announced.

Hélio Oiticica proposed with his work ways ‘of giving the individual the possibility to ‘experiment’  to no longer be the spectator and become the participant’, and it is in this spirit that IMMA invites you to be part of the SUMMER RISING – to taste, to listen, to look , to enjoy and most of all to take part.

SUMMER RISING will open up our gardens and grounds with day and night time events and is made possible by the OPW Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Buy your tickets for the following events, just click here

Friday 18 July at 8:30pm. Tickets €20.00

In a blistering haze of neon and discotheque, live art and performance, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is getting hot waxed for WERK. Performance Sweatshop, Literary Frenzy, Dancefloor Riot & Art Wank: WERK unites underground heroes, phabulous phreaks, drama queens & performance giants in a furious and feverish night of passion. Hatched in the sequinned bowels of the Abbey Theatre, baptised in the mushy fields of Electric Picnic, and deflowered on the banks of the Yarra at Melbourne International Festival, WERK drags her bacon back to Dublin for a one-off epic summer sizzler. It’s a block party. Clock in – WERK out!

Concrete Tiki’s The Hare
Saturday 19 July 12noon – 5.00pm. Tickets €20.00

Artists Daniel Tuomey and Tom Watt have been commissioned to construct the Concrete Tiki in the IMMA Formal Gardens from which both The Hare (on Saturday 19 July) and The Cake Café (on Saturday 26 July) will operate hourly food sittings. The Hare is a food project devised by artist Fiona Hallinan and chef Katie Sanderson. On Saturday 19 July, a set menu will feature a signature dish of The Hare, the 3-in-1: a board of mostly raw, locally sourced, plant-based produce and Dublin Sourdough bread and dips including drinks and a super-food dessert. A specially devised children’s menu will also be available upon request. Children’s tickets (€10.00) do not need to be pre-booked.

The IMMA Banquet
Friday 25 July at 7.00pm. Tickets €50.00

IMMA’s Great Hall hosts a feast curated by Michelle Darmody of The Cake Café with chef Jess Murphy of Kai restaurant in Galway and artist Mark Garry creating a very unique setting for 100 guests. Before the banquet doors open, Head of Exhibitions at IMMA, Rachael Thomas is giving a special private tour of the Hélio Oiticica exhibition Propositions at 7.00pm exclusive to Banquet guests. A complementary cocktail will be served upon arrival and select wines are available.

Concrete Tiki’s The Cake Café
Saturday 26 July 12noon – 5.00pm. Tickets €20.00

The Cake Café is serving a set menu throughout the day of locally sourced Irish ingredients for a sit-down three course lunch. Michelle Darmody of The Cake Café has commissioned the Dublin design studio Distinctive Repetition to create bespoke serving platters for the lunch that guests get to take home!

IMMA Summer Party
Saturday 26 July at 7.30pm. Tickets €15.00

SUMMER RISING comes to an end with the IMMA Summer Party. The night includes specially curated food and cocktails by House in Cork Opera House and Luncheonette, a specially commissioned edition of GRACELANDS, featuring artists’ film and interventions, DJ sets from Donal Dineen, David Kitt, Emmet Condon, 11:11 and the first Irish performance of Gang Colours.

Other highlights of SUMMER RISING include:

Weekend Events:
Friday 18 July at 7.00pm – Opening reception of the exhibition Propositions by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. 

Saturday 19 July 12noon – 5.00pmThe Garden Rising; a daytime celebration of art, food and performance for all ages taking place in IMMA’s stunning gardens with food workshops and Up & Over It.

Saturday 26 July 12noon – 5.00pm – The Garden Rising continues. The 18th century formal gardens will be alive with sounds as a series of free musical performances pop up in the lawns, with site responsive performances by Seán Mac Erlaine, The BQ Trio, Roland Gomez and rock and pop covers choir The Line Up, an installation Wow and Flutter by Jimmy Eadie, and look out for pickling workshops with The Rocket Man, fish smoking with Sally Barns, butter making with McNally Family Farm, an edible canvas workshop for children and open studios with our resident artists.

Midweek Events:
Tuesday 22 July – Thursday 24 July – Free family workshops each morning. Artist Rhona Byrne will lead two Summer camps for teens. IMMA Mediators will also be out and about talking to visitors about the artworks and items of interest in the gardens and grounds.
All day-time activities free. Click here for further updates.

Supported by OPW Per Cent for Art Scheme

For further information and images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel: +353 1 612 9900, Email: [email protected]

24 June 2014