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Whether you are a formal learner, or just curious to find out more, we can help you to engage with creativity, conceptual thinking and cultural meaning at IMMA.

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Primary Teachers CPD Art Workshops 2022/ 2023
Intertwined: Museum and Classroom
A series of art workshops for primary school teachers
Saturdays, 24 September, 1 October, 12 and 19 November 2022, 21 and 28 January 2023, 10:00am–12:30pm, Free, Booking Essential.
Enjoy a Saturday morning on IMMA’s historic site, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham; experience exhibitions and creative processes in the museum studios. Mark Maguire and Eibhlín Campbell will be leading this series of art workshops, discovering links to the visual art curriculum, including looking and responding in the galleries, and displaying and talking about artwork. Fiona Harrington, artist and educator, will lead two practical workshops in the IMMA studios in November, exploring fabric and fibre materials and processes. For more information or to book now, email [email protected]

Visit IMMA with a Primary School Class 2022/ 2023
Book a free Guided Tour for your class. If you’d like to book a tour of selected artworks with our Visitor Engagement Team (VET), please email [email protected] Tours are available Tuesday to Friday mornings and tour start times are 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am and are 45-minutes in duration. Each tour is limited to 32 children. If you require further information on exhibitions or have other queries, please email: [email protected]

Primary school teachers are very welcome to visit IMMA with their class groups any time during opening hours for a Self-Guided Visit. We would appreciate if you can email [email protected] to let us know when your group are intending to visit so that we can manage numbers safely in the gallery on the day.

IMMA can organise a 40 minute zoom call with a facilitator from our VET. Your class can explore an artwork or theme from our current exhibitions and talk to the VET facilitator about their responses and ideas. Contact [email protected] to schedule a zoom engagement, and contact [email protected] for more details.

IMMA is situated in the historic Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which includes a formal garden and large meadows, so there is plenty of space for outdoor exercise and a class picnic in the fresh air. Group leaders/ teachers may want to optimise their day out, so it is useful to know that IMMA is walking distance from both Kilmainham Gaol and the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. There is also a paid car park to the rear of the main building.

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Virtually visit Social Fabric

Take a virtual trip through Social Fabric, the third chapter of The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now. Explore this exhibition online and discover how contemporary artists use traditional textiles and craft processes to engage with the world around us and important issues of today. Why not book a tour and come see the actual exhibition at IMMA? Experiencing this exhibition will strongly support primary classes using fabric and fibre as part of the art primary curriculum.

Barry Flanagan's The Drummer with Ola Majekodunmi trí mheán na Gaeilge

During this video, Gaeilgeoir and broadcaster Ola Majekodunmi invites you on a slow looking exploration of Barry Flanagan's The Drummer (1996). This statue has been described by many as one of IMMA's most iconic sculptures. Watch and listen, as Ola describes the wonderful flowing features complimented by the static movement of this bronze statue. The Slow Looking Art Series invites audiences to take a very slow, long look at an artwork from the IMMA Collection and consider their own individual response to the piece.

Barry Flanagan's The Drummer with Joan Walker in English

During this video from the Slow Looking series, Joan from our Visitor Engagement Team, follows the rhythm of Barry Flanagan's The Drummer (1996). This statue has been described by many as one of IMMA's most iconic sculptures. Watch and listen, as Joan describes the wonderful flowing features complimented by the static movement of this bronze statue.

Look, No Cows! with Siobhán Parkinson

Look, No Cows! (2014) is a video for children of a journey around IMMA's gardens and grounds with author Siobhán Parkinson. She visits her favourite artworks outdoors, thinking and talking about them. Siobhán served as Ireland's first ever laureate for children's literature (Laureate na nÓg) from May 2010 to May 2012.

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