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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
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IMMA Outdoors 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 turns 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 Poetry Speaks in the Garden House, a series of poetry films that seek to integrate poetry into everyday life, presented by The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation NYC, Poetry Ireland and Druid; the latest evolution of Club Chroma Chlorologia by Niall Sweeney in the Formal Gardens; music in the Courtyard from the Sundays@Noon programme with the Hugh Lane Gallery; Ping Pong Diplomacy by Mark Clare on the Garden Terrace where you can test your skills, and a new production by Croí Glan, Integrated Dance Company.

IMMA Outdoors brings bespoke seating and convivial gathering structures to IMMA’s grounds with a newly commissioned project, titled Y O U N G F O S S I L, by the collaborative arts practice Forerunner, founded by Tom Watt, Tanad Aaron and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch in 2016.

Other projects include A Radical Plot where IMMA’s Residency Programme artists will create a ‘Studio Street’ of activation with commissions.

IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team (VET) deliver bespoke garden tours, art workshops, yoga classes and family activities, that fuse the importance of well-being and engagement with ideas and creativity, offering visitors a space in which to convene, explore and reflect.

IMMA is also working with the museum’s community neighbours such as Common Ground and Fatima Groups United and St James’ Hospital MISA programme to facilitate, workshops, tours and a space to meet.

All this is set off by our two Pavilions located on the front lawn and meadows and our popular cafe The Flying Dog located in the courtyard.

Closing Weekend Celebrations
30 Sept - 03 Oct 2021

As the successful IMMA Outdoors programme comes to an end, IMMA presents a final weekend of closing events that celebrates all those who have worked, collaborated and enjoyed our programmes this summer, it’s been a tremendous season.

Before the brighter evenings end join us for this block buster programme of performance, music, tours, talks and workshops that brings you deeper into the ideas and work of some of the artists that are synonymous with IMMA Outdoors 2021.

Highlights include:

IMMA & Niall Sweeney present – Chorus of Chlorologia a magical night with special guests
Thur 30 Sept / from 6.30pm / Tickets €8. This is over 18s event.
We kick off in the formal gardens for the first of our celebrations, IMMA and Niall Sweeney proudly presents Chorus of Chlorologia. For one magical night only, we bring together unique and visionary voices of writer and performer Dylan Coburn Gray; comic performer and improvisor Cian Austin Jesus Kinsella; philosopher Dr Noel Kavanagh; singer and song writer Tolü Makay; national treasure Panti, and Irish traditional singers and players Varo. Chlorologia Queens of Allegory & Disguise call all fantastical creatures to join us, to dress up, to be present, to have some mischievous fun over a drink within the ambience of our historical garden.

Fri 1 Oct / 5pm – 7.30pm
Booking essential. Book your free tickets here.
Meet the collective of artists behind our commissioned bespoke seating project Y O U N G F O S S I L by Forerunner. This free event comprises of an artist discussion with Forerunner, founding members: Tanad Aaron, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch and Tom Watt, who are joined by Nathalie Weadick, IAF. This is followed by a series of live gestures by Stéphane Béna Hanly, Life Focus, Fiona Gannon, Matthew Lewkowicz and Pauline Payen who present an intimate evening of engagements across IMMA’s campus.

IMMA’s Studio Street Opens its Doors
Sat 2 Oct / 1pm – 5pm
Join us on Studio Street for A Radical Plot Open Studios where you can get a peek behind the scenes of resident artists’ studios; Aoife Dunne, Clodagh Emoe, Isadora Epstein, Sean Hanrahan, Jan McCullough, Chinedum Muotto, Liliane Puthod, Anu Production. Encounter performances, installations, social spaces, a talk, or a tour.

Re-Activation of Studio 10
Sat 2 & Sun 3 Oct / 12 – 5pm 
Drop by and see a pop-up display of selected work by some of the programme participants of Studio 10 who meet weekly to make and talk about art. Meet our Visitor Engagement Team who can tell you more and how to get involved.

Homebeat: Emerging Patterns #2
Sun 3 Oct / 11am – 1pm
Free event / No booking required/ limited spaces available.

IMMA Outdoors welcomes Homebeat back to the formal gardens to present Emerging Patterns #2. Special guests, Lemoncello, Rhob Cunningham, Siobhan Kane (Young Hearts Run Free) and Clodagh Emoe, create ambient soundscapes, melodic tones and stimulating conversation to ease you into a mellow Sunday vibe.

On Sun 3 Oct, popular DJ Nigel Wood, returns to play for the final wrap-up event from 4.30pm at the Front Lawn Pavilion.

Further updates and booking links will be added in the coming days, make sure to check our website and social media channels for updates of our closing weekend celebrations. Join our mailing list, What’s on at IMMA, to hear about our upcoming events in advance.


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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. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.