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We have lots of online material and activities for you to do and access from home. Explore the IMMA Collection Online with over 3,500 artworks; make art with Explorer at Home and our Teens at Home art projects; join our live talks; watch our exhibition videos; read our online magazine, experience our virtual exhibitions of all four chapter of the major museum-wide exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now.

Some of our online activities for you to access from the comfort of your own home include:

Armchair Azure, a free online experience designed for people living with dementia and their families and friends. During Armchair Azure, you will explore a selection of artwork from IMMA’s Collection with a facilitator who has received special training in dementia-inclusive arts programming. Armchair Azure is facilitated online via Zoom.

Talking Art Online, older people from all over Ireland are invited to join us for this online arts experience. Take a close look at selected artworks from the IMMA Collection and discuss IMMA exhibitions with our Visitor Engagement Team from the comfort of your living room.

Follow our social media channels to check in on our daily activity on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Make sure to tag us and use our hashtags so we can engage with you online. 

The following is a comprehensive guide to help you access all our online activities!

Virtual Exhibitions

Explore our virtual exhibitions of The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now. The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now celebrates IMMA’s 30th birthday with a major museum-wide exhibition showcasing the IMMA Collection and the history of the Museum since 1991. Presented in four Chapters, each one explores specific themes within IMMA’s 30-year history.

Explore the virtual exhibitions of: Chapter One: Queer Embodiment; Chapter Two: The Anthropocene ; Chapter Three: Social Fabric and Chapter Four: Protest and Conflict

These virtual exhibitions are visible on both desktop and mobile. Here are some tip to enhance your viewing experience.

  • Press play to enter the virtual exhibition.
  • Double tap the exhibition for a full screen.
  • Use your mouse pad to move around the space.
  • Click on any artwork to view a larger image.
  • Click on the information symbol next to the artworks to read the accompanying wall text.

IMMA Talks Online

IMMA Talks Online is a new series of talks specifically programmed for our online audience.

Visit our Talks page and listen back to selected talks or visit our Soundcloud channel where we have over 300 audio pieces available to explore. Some recent talks for you to listen to include:

The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now: Curators Talk Series

MMA / UCC Seminar: Paula Rego, Creative Performativity and Irish Art

‘Complaint, Diversity and Other Hostile Environments’ by Sara Ahmed

Talks Online: Media-based time, Dr Maeve Connolly

Talks Online: Object Trouble, Brian Castriora

Explore IMMA’s full audio archive in Talks Online: IMMA Audio Archive 

IMMA Collection Artists: Talks and Responses playlist. We have dug deep into our audio archives to present recordings of past talks and discussion that feature contributions by IMMA Collection artists. Hear about the ideas and processes that inform the making of their work. This extensive archive, dating as far back as 1993, includes talks by Barrie Cooke, Antony Gormley, Rebecca Horn, Isaac Julien, Alice Maher, Brian O’Doherty and Lawrence Weiner.

Look out for our LONG LISTEN posts on our social channels at the weekends for the most recent talks to listen to.

Paula Rego at IMMA

Paula Rego at IMMA is a two-part film by Gar O’Rourke that captures and explores IMMA’s prolific exhibition, Paula Rego: Obedience & Defiance, the first retrospective of the artist’s work to be held in Ireland. The first film, Paula Rego at IMMAObedience and Defiance, is a journey through the exhibition at IMMA led by the museum’s Senior Curator, Christina Kennedy, and Paula Rego’s son, filmmaker and producer, Nick Willing.

The second film, Paula Rego at IMMA: Experienced, invites you to experience the exhibition through the eyes of IMMA’s visitors.

Watch these films here.

Tracing Memories:
An Archive of Voices from Studio 10

Tracing Memories is a series of six themed, documentary-style podcasts which interrogates the role of art in our lives. The series is based on interviews with participants of Studio 10, IMMA’s long-running gallery and studio programme. These stories demonstrate the power and potential art holds to connect us with our memories and emotions, with our higher selves and with each other. Listen to these podcasts here.

Ghosts from the Recent Past
Poem films

The Ghosts from the Recent Past poem films form a series of three short films commissioned by IMMA, created by filmmaker Matthew Thompson, and co-produced by IMMA and Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, in collaboration with Poetry Ireland.

Set within the exhibition Ghosts from the Recent Past at IMMA, each film acts as a call-and-response between artwork and poet.

The poets – Sarah Clancy, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, WeAreGriot – perform new and existing works that seek to internalise meanings that are embedded within the exhibition, and connect these outwards to audiences. Watch this series here.

The Maternal Gaze Series

The Maternal Gaze is a series of short videos and films featuring 22 artists and creatives based in Ireland, presented as part of The Artist’s Mother  project. Tune in to our social media channels each Tuesday and Saturday afternoon as participating artists answer IMMA’s invitation to reflect on the impact of their mother figure on their career practice and development.

Explore the IMMA Collection Online

Explore the IMMA Collection Online, our National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art with over 3500 artworks by Irish and international artists. Explore by artist name, title of artwork, date or artist medium from photography to installation to moving image, or just browse through the suggested highlighted artworks.

Discover the What Is_? Series

The What Is_? Programme is a great way to learn more about the concepts and terms used in Contemporary Art. It includes talks, booklets and resources which you can explore. In the first series we look at some key terms such as What Is_? Conceptual Art, New Media Art, Performance Art, Public Art, there are three series to explore on our website.

Art & Ageing

In partnership with Creative Ireland, IMMA is pleased to provide a new arts programme for older people Art and Ageing that offers a variety of engaging creative events, workshops and resources for older people. This programme delivers a range of free, inclusive arts-based activities as part of an effort to counteract the social side-effects of the pandemic. Current activities include:

Slow Looking Series – Through a series of accessibly produced (captioned, audio-described) videos, participants are invited watch a guided exploration of a selected artwork from the IMMA Collection.

Talking Art with IMMA Resource Pack – These printed resource packs will highlight a selected work from the IMMA Collection, accompanied with a range of  conversational prompts that form a guided way of exploring artworks.

Armchair Azure – a free online experience designed for people living with dementia and their families and friends.

Talking Art Online – older people are invited to join us for this online arts experience. Take a close look at selected artworks from the IMMA Collection and discuss exhibitions from the comfort of your living room.

Art Activities, Explorer at Home

Our Explorer at Home art activities are available for children and adults to do and make at home. We share a new art activity every Wednesday afternoon on our social channels. You will find specially selected artworks, inspired by the IMMA Collection Online and our temporary Exhibition Programme, as starting points for creative activities.

We look forward to seeing your creations and invite you to share them with us online. Make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #ExploreratHome so you can see your work on our website.

All old and new activities are available to view on our Explorer at Home webpage under Explore More.

Art Projects, Teens at Home

Teens at Home will share creative exercises and art activities online created by artists for young people aged 13 to 18.

New projects will be shared on our website and announced on our social channels.. Make sure to tag us so we can see your work #IMMATeensatHome

IMMA Magazine

We share lots of articles in our online IMMA Magazine written by artists, curators, poets, writers, IMMA staff and many other collaborators. Some recent articles for you to read are:

Reflections on a Radical Plot Charlotte Salter-Townshend in conversation with Clodagh Emoe.

Venturing on Dangerous Ground by Dr Patricia Shaw

Exhibition Design of The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now: The Anthropocene by Claire Walsh

Watch our for our LONG READ articles posted on our social channels at the weekend with the newest magazine articles.

Watch Exhibition Videos

#IMMAInsideOut Collective Project

During the lockdown from March 2020 the #IMMAInsideOut Collective Project allowed us to share art, ideas and our experiences. We asked our followers on social media to share their art and lives with all of us in a collective effort to combat social isolation and boredom using the hashtag #IMMAInsideOut.

Lots of people joined us on this adventure and took photos of their lives during this time – their unusual desktop or art studio at home, what they could see from their window, who they shared the quarantine with or their kid’s creativity – sharing them on their social media channels and tagging us.

View our image gallery as a digital exhibition, a reflection of our shared experience of these exceptional times. The image gallery comprises work shared by you from March to July 2020.