IMMA Outdoors is a new programme that activates the 48 acres of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and safely connects audiences through artist commissions, performances, talks, workshops, tours, pop-up exhibitions and open air cafes. Building on the success of last year’s outdoor space The People’s Pavilion and our Social Distancing Circles, IMMA Outdoors will turn the museum’s programme inside out, creating an inspiring programme of activities and events.
As IMMA celebrates its 30th Birthday, the IMMA Outdoors programme reflects on and activates the museum’s recent contemporary history alongside the site’s historical resonances. The emphasis for the programme lies in ideas of civic agency, self-determination, global interconnections, environmental concerns and what it means to be radically public by creating an inclusive meaningful space for all ages to relax, contemplate and enjoy.
Highlights of the programme include artist led projects A Radical Plot where IMMA’s Residency Programme artists will create a ‘Studio Street’ of activation with commissions that includes the project Ping Pong Diplomacy by Mark Clare. Other projects to experience include Encounters a commission by IMMA and EVA International resulting in a new sound installation by Em’kal Eyongakpa and the latest evolution of Club Chroma Chlorologia by Niall Sweeney.
IMMA Outdoors will bring bespoke seating and convivial gathering structures to IMMA’s grounds with a newly commissioned project, titled Young Fossil, by the collaborative arts practice Forerunner, founded by Tom Watt, Tanad Aaron and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch in 2016.
Other collaborations include a screening project by The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation NYC, Poetry Ireland and Druid; music from the [email protected] programme with the Hugh Lane Gallery and a new production by Croí Glan, Intregrated Dance Company.
IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team (VET) will deliver an IMMA programme that includes bespoke heritage/garden tours, yoga classes and family art activities, that will fuse the importance of well-being and engagement with ideas and creativity, to offer people a space in which to convene, explore and reflect.
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