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As part of the closing weekend of events for IMMA Outdoors, we are exploring a new take on life-drawing. Introducing a professional dancer to run the class, Evy Richard from our Visitor Engagement Team will encourage the participants to re-discover the Parisian bohemian tradition of studying dancers in action to perfect their skills and craft.

Dance-artist Aoibhinn O’Dea leads this experimental workshop. Her extensive practice as a performance artist will be used to devise an inspiring and engaging experience for the participants. Participants will first be encouraged to respond to a session of movements-based warm up, to help them engage more freely with Aoibhinn’s dance routines. Basing the routines on the continuation of fluid movements and gentle gestures she will use the expressivity of her own body to inspire a similar fluid response from the participants.

Please dress appropriately for this outdoor activity and for some movement exercises.  Please bring you own art materials and/or technology. Diversity and personal approach is encouraged.

IMMA will provide basic drawing materials, as well as chairs and cushions. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start of the session.


About the Artist

Aoibhinn O’Dea is a dance artist based in Dublin. Her practice begins with collaborative improvisation and is informed by somatic movement and floorwork. Her performances explore how human behaviour is affected by social pressures and hierarchy. After graduating with a BA in Fine Art Sculpture, she completed her contemporary dance training at Tanzfabrik, Berlin in 2020. In Berlin, she founded BLUSH, a collective that merges dance, theatre and circus. She has worked closely with Berlin based choreographer/Sasha Waltz dancer Maria Colusi, who has had a significant influence on her dance practice and professional development. She has choreographed live works such as NORM, Why Knots, Lord Hear Us, Game Changer, NoBody and The World Outside – Performed in Dublin and Berlin 2020/21.

In Dublin, she collaborates with multidisciplinary artists making new work for the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Photo Ireland, and Dance Ireland. She is passionate about making dance-theatre more accessible to the wider community by teaching workshops and creating public dance performances with a diverse ensemble of participants.

For more information please visit her 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.