Every year IMMA has something distinctive, stimulating and provocative to offer audiences, but 2018 has been exceptional. We take a look back through some of the highlights from our 2018 programme including Wolfgang Tillmans: Rebuilding the Future, Mary Swanzy: Voyages, IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016–2021, the Azure dementia friendly tours and the IMMA 1000 programme which supports the future of Irish contemporary art.
IMMA surpassed half a million visitors to its galleries
We launched a new website as part of a major brand redevelopment
Voted Tourist Attraction of the Year 2018 at the The Irish Hospitality Awards
Raised by IMMA 1000 Supporting Irish Art
National & International loans
Works purchased (IMMA 1000 & Hennessy Art Fund)
IMMA 1000 is a fundraising initiative to support the future of Irish contemporary art. Through the vision and generosity of our private funders the campaign has reached its initial target and raised €250,000. This initiative has enabled IMMA to directly support Irish artists by commissioning new work, providing funded residencies and acquiring new works for IMMA’s collection.
The IMMA 1000 Residency Awardees for 2018 were:
Walker & Walker were invited as the 1 year IMMA 1000 Invited Residency Award. This award culminated in the Walker and Walker Nowhere without no(w) exhibition which ran from 15 Feb 2019–03 Jun 2019.
In 2018, through the generosity of our IMMA 1000 patrons, IMMA purchased ‘On Exactitude in Science’ by Alan Butler. This work is now part of IMMA’s Permanent Collection and is an example of how IMMA 1000 directly supports artists and the visual arts nationally.
On Exactitude in Science is a 2017 work by Alan Butler. It is not currently on display in IMMA. It is part of the IMMA Permanent Collection.
Medium: Two-screen HD video, 5.1 audio
Edition: Edition 1 of 5 + 1 A.P.
Item Number: IMMA.4121
IMMA is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for Contemporary Art. Our diverse and ambitious programme comprises exhibitions, commissions and projects by leading Irish and international artists, as well as a rich engagement and learning programme which together provides audiences of all ages the opportunity to connect with contemporary art and unlock their creativity.
Whether you are a formal learner, or just curious to find out more, IMMA’s Learning & Engagement programmes consider and reflect the evolving needs and behaviours of participants within our programme, and can help you to engage with creativity, conceptual thinking and cultural meaning.
IMMA received donor funding to support a very exciting Fellowship in 2018 to support our Arts and Ageing strategy. BairbreAnn Harkin is leading on an action research programme exploring dementia friendly tours through the Azure programme.
As part of this five-year project IMMA was successful in receiving Irish Research Council funding to support Nathan O’Donnell to work with both our Engagement & Learning and Collections programmes for a period of two years.
We continued throughout 2018 to provide a multi-faceted programme for all ages, both within formal education and in public programmes, ranging from gallery tours, talks, events, seminars and symposia, these included: Explorer Family Workshops (which ran weekly), Mornings in the Museum (holiday periods), New Art in an Old Place (as part of the annual national Heritage Week), Bealtaine and CulturedateD8; Cruinniú na nÓg, (which is a cultural festival for children), The IMMA 25 Collective and the Studio 10 weekly programme.
In 2018 the summer season of concerts took place and once again IMMA hosted the Forbidden Fruit Festival, as well as a standalone Nick Cave and Patti Smith concert. The latter was widely acclaimed in the industry and press and was sold out with attendance by many well-known figures in public life including An Taoiseach. In May we also hosted Wellfest, a two-day fitness, health and wellbeing event and in September another new initiative took place when we hosted the internationally renowned Moscow State Circus for 2 weeks
IMMA connects audiences and art, providing an extraordinary space in Ireland where contemporary life and contemporary art connect, challenge and inspire one another. We share, develop and conserve the Irish National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art for now for the future. We would like to thank the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, our members, patrons and corporate partners for their generous support in assisting IMMA achieve this ambition.
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