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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
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An Uncommon Practice is an archive project which looks at the life and cultural actions of artist Maurice O’Connell 1966 – 2018, distinguished by his persistent, mischievous, and incisive inquiry into the role of the artist in society. In his quest O’Connell engaged widely in community and institutional contexts and often chose to undertake conscious acts of cultural sabotage and provocation. O’Connell sustained an extensive range of collaborative practices – explored mainly through installation and site-specific actions – including a central role with The Tribal Project at IMMA, a three-year incremental programme with children spanning 1994 – 1996 with related documentary and evaluative work in 1997, undertaken by Wet Paint Arts.

An Uncommon Practice honours O’Connell’s uniquely generous life in service to his personal truths and artistry, through creating an archive and means of public engagement beyond his short 52 years.

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IMMA Invited

November 2021 – January 2022

IMMA Invited supports museum-wide programming in the realisation of ambitious onsite research and production.

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.