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IMMA is delighted to be taking part in the Culture Date with Dublin 8 Festival, a neighbourhood initiative, which celebrates the rich cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Dublin 8. For the festival IMMA is offering a variety of tours that includes Slow Art, Parent & Baby, Biodiversity and Heritage tours, and a fun Art Workshop for families. All events are free, meeting point is the Matheson Creativity Hub just off IMMA’s Courtyard, we hope you enjoy the festival!


Slow Art Tour
Wed 8 May, 11am – 12noon
Free, no booking required
Take time for yourself and experience something new a Slow Art Tour. We invite you to take a closer look at artworks in this welcoming, conversational tour. Talking about an artwork with someone else can open our eyes to new details and reveal things we did not see at first. These tours will help you to slow down and spend time with selected artworks, discussing them with others in a convivial and supportive atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to join and no previous experience is required.

Parent & Baby Tour
Thur 9 May, 11am – 12noon
Free, Booking Required Please click here to book your place.
To all new parents, join us at IMMA for Parent & Baby Hour at the Museum. Join IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team, in the gallery for a relaxed tour and discussion about the artworks. This is a casual space for parents to meet up and at the same time to nurture their imaginative and creative side with baby looking on. This tour is for parents with young babies who are not yet mobile.

Explore the Green Cube: Biodiversity Tour of IMMA’s Gardens (SOLD OUT)
Sat 11 May, 2pm
Free, booking required, Please click here to book your place.

Join a tour of the magnificent formal gardens and meadows, exploring the flora and fauna of IMMA and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. This tour is led by Sandra Murphy, a member of IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team and an amateur wildlife photographer and Birder. This easy one-hour walking tour will explore the site observing the birds, plants, and pollinating insects. You can read Sandra’s articles in the IMMA magazine on the biodiversity of birdsbutterflies and wild flowers found on IMMA’s 48 acre site.

Gallery Tour exploring the work of the Derry Video & Film Workshop
Sat 11 and Sun 12 May, 2.30pm
Free, no booking required
Join a gallery tour of the exhibition We realised the power of it that deals with the history and archive of the radical film collective, Derry Film and Video Workshop (DFVW). DFVW was a woman-led film production company established in Derry in 1983 that operated until 1990. Its members, most of whom had no prior experience of filmmaking, came together with a sense of urgency to make films addressing overlapping political tensions around gender, class, the Irish national question and legacies of colonialism.

Gate to Gate Heritage Talk (SOLD OUT)
Sun 12 May, 2pm
Free, booking required, Please click here to book your place.
Join Barry Kehoe, historian and member of IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team, for a bespoke exploration of IMMA and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in search of the lost Priory of the Knights Hospitallers. Barry will take you on a historical journey unveiling the morphology of the hill terrace of Kilmainham from the earliest bronze age settlement, through to its monastic settlement and Viking Occupation. He will discuss the occupation by the crusading Knights hospitallers before the re-engineering of the land to accommodate the baroque neoclassical Royal Hospital.

Explorer Family Workshop: Create your own Artwork
Sun 12 May, 2 – 4pm
Free, no booking required
Enjoy some creative family time with our Explorer family art workshop. Children and grown-ups will explore selected artworks in the museum and make artworks together. Led by our Visitor Engagement Team, this is a fun family experience. All materials provided.

Visit Exhibitions at IMMA
Over the festival there are two exhibitions to visit at IMMA.

We realised the power of it,  Derry Film and Video Workshop

Self-Determination: Artists Commissions featuring İz Öztat and Array Collective.

For a full programme of events throughout Dublin 8 please visit the Culture Date with Dublin 8 website.


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.