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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.

Secondary Schools

Visit IMMA in the academic year 2023/24
For information on visiting IMMA with a second-level class and booking a guided tour, click here.

Until 21 April 2024, the focus of second-level visits is the popular must-see exhibition, Self-Determination: A Global Perspective. The exhibition features a dynamic selection of painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and film. With artworks from seven nations, including Ireland, that illustrate a transitional time one hundred years ago, when Ireland began life as a Free State, in conjunction with Ukraine, Turkey, Estonia, Egypt, Poland, Latvia, and Finland. The exhibition is a culmination of three years extensive research and IMMA is happy to present two historical and geo-political free resources linked below.

Click here for a PDF download of Self-Determination: A Global Perspective information and resources.

Click here and scroll down to use the online timeline Explore the Changing Map of Europe 1913–1939. This may be helpful to both students of art and of history at second-level.

Also, as part of the exhibition, Self Determination: A Global Perspective, IMMA has commissioned new artworks: Rest by Turkish artist İz Öztat, whose installation explores themes of resistance, resilience and mourning; and An Dún by a Belfast based collective of artists known as Array. Until 15 September 2024 in the Courtyard Galleries.

IMMA organises two Transition Year experiences during the academic year. Over the course of 4 days (Tue-Fri) TY students explore the museum, both the galleries and behind the scenes, discovering who works at IMMA, and what they contribute to IMMA’s activities. The TY Experience for the next academic year is currently being prepared.

To stay up-to-date, subscribe by clicking here for our Mailing List and select Second level Art Teachers. For information on programmes, exhibitions and resources, email Mark Maguire.


Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

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. There are numerous contemporary artworks situated around the grounds. For more information about the architecture and history of the Royal Hospital, see short video below. 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: Decorative Arts and History. There is also a paid car park to the rear of the main building. Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, a short video narrated by James Barry for Dublin City Public Libraries. 2 min 46 sec

Students & Teachers Resources

This resource is presented in three parts and provides information for second level students and teachers visiting an exhibition at IMMA. Between 2016 and 2021 this resource will focus on the IMMA Collection: Freud Project.


Part 1

Visiting an Exhibition
This PDF includes general information about visiting a museum or gallery, as well as information about IMMA in particular, including the sections: What is an art museum or gallery? What is a collection? What is a curator? Creating an exhibition: artworks, security, lighting, display, audience.

Download Part 1: Visiting an Exhibition (PDF)

Part 2

Information and resources about IMMA Collection: Freud Project
This document provides specific information to support students and teachers engaging with the IMMA Collection: Freud Project. The project is based on a five-year loan to IMMA of fifty-two artworks by Freud, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest realist painters.

The document serves as a prompt for further thinking, discussion, research and making in response to the Freud Project. It was originally developed to support teachers and students engaging with the first exhibition as part of the Freud Project, which was on display from 21 October 2016 to 7 January 2018. That exhibition featured an overview of the loan to IMMA, including a selection of 30 of the Freud’s paintings, and 20 works on paper. The works, mainly dating from 1970 onwards, explore several of the artist’s key themes such as Portraiture; Self Portraiture; Still-life; Animals and Nature. This document can be used by teachers and students in conjunction with the notes below, which support a visit to the most recent exhibition as part of the Freud Project.

Download Part 2: IMMA Collection: Freud Project, 2016-2021 (PDF)

Part 3

Information and resources about IMMA Collection: Freud Project, Gaze, 2018 – 2019
This document provides information to support students and teachers before, during, and after a visit to the exhibition Gaze which is part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021. The exhibition runs until 6 May 2019. Gaze features artworks by Lucian Freud alongside a selection of works by other artists from the IMMA Collection, including Stephan Balkenhol, Albrecht Dürer, Ann Hamilton, Rebecca Horn, Annie Leibovitz, Edward McGuire, Rembrandt, Thomas Ruff, and Hannah Starkey.

Download Part 3: IMMA Collection: Freud Project, Gaze, 2018-19 (PDF)

Resource Archive 


Resource Archive

Explore the online archive of second level resources, of exhibitions by artists Chloe Dewe Mathews, Patrick Scott, Eileen Gray, Alice Maher, Rivane Neuenschwander, Dorothy Cross, and Hélio Oiticica.

What is a Curator? Video Series

A series of videos about curation and exhibition:

1 An overview introduction to types of curator, exhibitions, museums
2 Developing the idea for an exhibition, theme, research
3 Preparation for exhibition, budget, securing loans, transport, condition reports
4 Installation, maintenance, lighting, safety, humidity, labels, texts, mediation
5  Audience engagement, tours, documentation, archiving, legacy

What Is_?

IMMA have produced the What is …? information programme, which explores key themes and issues in relation to modern and contemporary art, through a series of talks, information booklets and web-based resources. As part of this programme, a Glossary was created containing a select number of terms relating to the subjects of Modern and Contemporary Art. This glossary is not comprehensive or exhaustive and is intended to be informative rather than definitive. This glossary will be developed, amended and expanded over time.

Visit What Is_? programme & Glossary

IMMA Talks 


IMMA Talks

You can listen back to a selection of previous Talks by visiting our Soundcloud channel. IMMA has a dynamic talks programme with regular contributions from artists, historians and curators, all discussing underlying themes from the Exhibitions and Collection programmes at IMMA. Selected recordings are part of the IMMA Audio Archive in operation from 1991 to present.

The Notebook: a place for thinking

Des Ward, lecturer on IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology) BA ART programme, talks about the role of the notebook as a research tool and ‘place for thinking’ for students and artists.

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. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.