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Free Family Events at SUMMER RISING

Thu Jul 10th, 2014

Free Family Day’s Out at IMMA as part of SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festival

The Irish Museum of Modern Art presents, SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festival, 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. As part of SUMMER RISING, on Saturday 19 and Saturday 26 July, IMMA presents two days of free day long activities for families to enjoy from 12noon to 5pm.
Highlights on Saturday 19 July include a workshop in decorating your own Edible Gingerbread Canvas where you can feast on your own creation; join in on an electro-pop céilí with dance duo Up and Over It; drop into our day long art workshop inspired by the Hélio Oiticica exhibition, play an instrument in our musical garden with the Trade School/Laptop Orchestra, Rocketman will lead the whole family through ways to pickle and preserve your vegetables, and watch out for our special guest Panti Bliss!
On Saturday 26 July the fun continues, the 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, and an interactive installation Wow&Flutter by Jimmy Eadie. Join in on our foodie workshops butter making with Imen McDonnell of Modern Farmette, fish smoking with Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery, and learn how to forage for Irish seaweed with Sally McKenna.
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.

Highlights for families at SUMMER RISING include:

The Garden Rising, Saturday 19 July, 12noon – 5pm
12noon onwardsEdible Canvas workshop
Families can choose to feast on their own artistic gingerbread creations after drawing with icing, inspired by images of Hélio Oiticica costumes.
12noon onwards: Day long family art workshop
Make your own colourful art inspired by the Hélio Oiticica exhibition.
12noon onwards: Trade School/Lap top Orchestra create a Musical Garden
Using the hedgerows and pathways in the formal garden as instruments which you are invited to “play”.
2:00 – 3:00pm: Join in with dance duo Up and Over It in the formal garden as they continue to stretch the concept of Irish dancing to its limits, including electro-pop, alternative percussion, and contemporary dance in the mix.
2pm – 3.30pm: Pickling workshop with Rocketman
Jack Crotty from Cork will lead the whole family through ways to pickle and preserve your vegetables. Booking required, email [email protected]

The Garden Rising, Saturday 26 July, 12noon – 5.00pm

12noon onwards: Free musical performances will pop up throughout the day in IMMA’s formal gardens, with site responsive performances by Seán Mac Erlaine, The BQ Trio, Roland Gomez and rock and pop covers choir The Line Up. Also presenting an interactive installationWow&Flutter by Jimmy Eadie. Just come along and enjoy the music.
12noon onwards: Day long family art workshop 
Make your own colourful art inspired by the Hélio Oiticica exhibition.
12noon – 1.30pmButter making workshop with Imen McDonnell
Imen, or as she is better known Modern Farmette, married an Irish farmer and moved from New York to the farm where she has made butter ever since. She will talk you through making your own using milk from her dairy herd. Booking required, email [email protected]
1.30pm -3pmUsing Irish seaweed with Sally McKenna
Sally will talk us through of the ways to forage and collect the seaweed that lines our shores. They will also introduce ways of cooking and incorporating this nutritious ingredient it into our diet. Booking required, email [email protected]
3.30pm -5pmFish smoking workshop with Sally Barnes
Sally will teach you how to creating a biscuit tin smoker and smoke fish caught in the West of Cork. Booking required, email [email protected]

Midweek Events for Families:

Mornings at the Museum
Wednesday and Thursday, 10am – 11am

Free family workshop where where children and parents can explore artworks and making art together.
Babies in Buggies, Parents with Prams
Fridays, 10:45am – 11:30am
Join us for a free tour of selected exhibitions.
Visit for a full list of events and for further details. We hope to see you there!
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.

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