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IMMA's residency provides opportunities for national and international artists, curators, critical writers and art professionals to research and develop their practices onsite at the Museum.

Matheson Irish Art at IMMA

In August 2018 Matheson announced that it will continue its partnership with IMMA. Having commenced in 2015, the successful relationship between the two organisations will focus on ‘Irish Art at IMMA’ over the course of 2018/19. This partnership will see Matheson proudly support a series of Irish artists and Irish art events over the twelve-month period across a range of activities.

The ‘Irish Art at IMMA’ series is currently featuring the work of Brian O’Doherty in IMMA Collection: Brian O’Doherty, Language and Space until 16 September. From October, a major retrospective of the work of Mary Swanzy, Ireland’s first modernist, will be exhibited until February 2019 with further exhibitions of Irish artists such as Walker & Walker, Fergus Martin and Janet Mullarney to take place over 2018/19.

Commenting on the partnership extension, Tim Scanlon, Matheson Partnership Chairman said; “We are delighted to continue our association with IMMA. At Matheson, we strive to make a meaningful contribution to our community and our relationship with IMMA has helped us to realise this.”

IMMA Head of Audiences and Development Aoife Flynn commented: “Above all else IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and we are indebted to visionary partners like Matheson who work with us to support the development of contemporary art in Ireland. Artists are a key voice in any contemporary society and IMMA is committed to supporting Irish artists’ ability to live and work here. As Ireland’s contemporary visual artists strengthen, their work is increasingly recognised on the international stage, as well as making an invaluable contribution to contemporary Irish society. Matheson is the ideal partner to support us in this aim, given their strong Irish roots and their International outlook”

Matheson has worked with IMMA since 2015 to support some of the most exciting and internationally significant young artists working today. Highly commended at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, between 2015 and 2018 the partnership supported over 50 artists and enabled the works by artists including Scottish sculptor and Turner Prize nominee (2011) Karla Black; Irish artist Brian Maguire; Lebanese artist Etel Adnan; British photographer Chloe Dewe Matthews; Irish artist Grace Weir; and new commissions by leading Irish artists including Turner Prize winner (2014) Duncan Campbell, Jaki Irvine and Alan Butler.

Matheson has also supported major exhibitions at IMMA by established and international artists such as Rodney Graham, and Frank Bowling.

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2018 Exhibitions

IMMA Collection: Brian O’Doherty Language and Space (26 April – 16 September 2018)

Mary Swanzy, Voyages (26 October 2018 – 17 February 2019)

2019 Exhibitions

To be announced shortly

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.