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Celebrate Bealtaine at IMMA this May and join us for a programme of events, workshops, talks and tours, including dementia-inclusive programmes, both in-person and online, all free of charge. Bookings for all events can be made by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01 612 9955.

IMMA is proud to partner with the Bealtaine Festival, Ireland’s national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. This festival is organised by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation working to enable the best possible quality of life as we age. This programme of Bealtaine events at IMMA is part of Bealtaine Roots and Shoots Visual Arts Programme. Roots & Shoots is an exciting nationwide programme of Visual Arts events taking place as part of the Bealtaine Festival and in partnership with Irelands leading visual artists organisations.

Programme Details

Click on the titles below for more details of Bealtaine programmes taking place online and at IMMA.

Kinships & Collectives Talk and Panel Discussion

Thursday 18 May,  6pm – 8pm 
Location: Lecture Room
Free, booking required. Register your place here

A special event focusing on art collectives, cultural integration and ageing, presented in association with the retrospective exhibition, Patricia Hurl, Irish Gothic at IMMA. Following a collaborative exchange between Na Cailleacha and Art Nomads, Bealtaine Festival and IMMA will co-host a panel discussion with members of both artists’ collectives, with invited respondents focusing on their shared politics of artists collectives and the visions that drive them.

Azure: Dementia-Inclusive Events

Friday, 5 May, 11am / In-person
Tuesday, 16 May, 2pm/ Online via zoom
Free, booking required. Email [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.

Take a close look at selected artworks from the IMMA Collection and discuss with our Visitor Engagement Team. These events are specifically designed to support people living with dementia and their family, friends or professional carers, to engage with the art work on show and enjoy a social museum experience.

Talking Art: Slow Art Experiences

Thursday 11 May, 11am / Online via zoom
Thursday 25 May, 11am/ In-person
Free, booking required. Email [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.

Enjoy a guided exploration of selected artwork from the IMMA Collection in our Slow Art video series. We invite you to take some time out with our trained guides as they visit artworks in IMMA’s galleries and grounds.

Biodiversity Tours of IMMA’s Gardens & Grounds

Exploring the Green Cube: Biodiversity Tours of IMMA’s Gardens & Grounds
Thursday 11 May & 25 May, 2pm /In-person tour 
Free, booking required. Email [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.

Join us for a biodiversity tour of the formal gardens and meadows of the IMMA and RHK site. This tour is led by Sandra Murphy, a member of IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team and an amateur wildlife photographer and Birder.

National Drawing Day

Saturday 20 May, 11am – 4pm
Drop-In Drawing Activities For All Ages
Location: The People’s Pavilion, Front Lawn

IMMA is celebrating National Drawing Day this Saturday 20 May with a host of free, drop-in drawing activities for all ages from 11am-3pm in the People’s Pavilion – come along and let get creative!


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