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As a museum one of IMMA’s very important and exciting jobs is collecting and taking care of objects. These objects can be artworks; they can also be instructions, letters, photographs, postcards, books, and many other interesting things. You can learn more about what IMMA collects and archives in the exhibition IMMA Archive:1990s, From the Edge to the Centre.

At IMMA, we use lots of boxes of different shapes and materials to keep our objects and collections organised and safe. As part of Ireland’s Culture Night 2020, we would like to invite you to join us in some creative activity and make boxes for your own special objects and collections.

What you will need:

  • Coloured card (A4 card or heavy paper works well)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape or stapler
  • Colouring materials, stickers, things to decorate your box (if you would like to)

, let’s get to work:

    1. Choose the material you want to make your box from and using a ruler measure and draw a line of the same width from the edge on each side. This will be 4 lines as seen in picture 1 in the below gallery of images (6 cm width works well with A4 card)
    2. Carefully cut alone the 2 lines on 2 opposite sides of your sheet these will be the corner flaps for your box
    3. Fold along the 4 lines to create your box edges then fold in and stick the corner flaps on each side
    4. If you would like a lid for your box repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 using a slightly smaller width (5.5 cm for A4)


Now you can have fun decorating your box and organising your collection, experiment with bigger or smaller sheets of card to create different size boxes for all your collections and objects.

Take a photograph of your creation when you’re finished! And please, share your results, your experiments, and artworks with the hashtag #ExploreratHome

Explorer at Home Culture Night 2020


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.