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About the Collection

The IMMA Collection is a unique resource which is made available to the public through a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions and projects. Collection Exhibitions may explore the work of an individual artist, or address a theme or historic period.

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Join us for Mask, Myth and Multiple Cultures workshop at The People’s Pavilion inspired by the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego. Led by artists Roxana Manouchehri, Laragh Pittman participants will explore Rego’s interest in stories, role play, costumes, animals and ‘dollies’ which feature in her works and the mysterious world between truth and fiction, art and life.

In the context of the upcoming exhibition Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance, Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA, has invited members of Art Nomads to participate in two exploratory workshops. The members include artists Roxana Manouchehri, Laragh Pittman, Rajinder Singh, Antonio D’Souza, poet Insaf Yalçinkaya,  and architect Muhammad Achour. These artists will share their knowledge of the various forms of storytelling and mythical figures from different parts of the world and diverse cultural traditions including; Persia, Kurdistan, Syria, India, East Africa, Malaysia and Ireland.

Through a guided discussion and mask design workshop participants will explore images of creatures sometimes half human, half animal who populate fairy tales, myths and folk stories that we all know from our own upbringings. Folk stories are like culture itself, they have been shaped and changed innumerable times by the journeys and languages of transcultural exchange. A mask can not only be described as a protective garment but is also a transformative object that gives the wearer a shamanistic potential in the world.

Paula Rego, Obedience and Defiance exhibition opens from 18 September – 3 January. Tickets will be available to purchase from 9 September 2020


These workshops are suitable for both teenagers and adults.

Places are now fully booked for both workshops.

Art Nomads

Art Nomads has grown out of a desire for an inclusive space for artists, from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to connect, including those within the Direct Provision system.  Art Nomads is evolving as a community. As a collective it is a valuable source of connectivity for its artists and creatives – for sharing information, collaborations, staging exhibitions, running workshops, conducting research and many other creative possibilities.

Tian Yu Lloyd, an activist with the City of Sanctuary Movement, first suggested forming this network of support at one of the regular Welcome Café events. Since then Tian, Antonio D’Souza, Joe Odiboh, Muhammad Achour, and Laragh Pittman have been committed to working towards this goal.

Other key catalysts have been the Summer School on Cultural Diversity run by CREATE and the ‘See Through Café’ in Rua Red Tallaght, run by Mother Tongues Festival.

The group held a successful exhibition ‘Transhumance: The Nomadic Artist Part of This Land’ in February 2020, in The Space gallery Phizzfest. The show generated a lot of interest in both the local and wider community. It was opened by artist Jesse Jones and activist Zar Sibbs and gained coverage in the media including an article in the Dublin Inquirer and coverage on Pakistani TV. A catalogue was published and included a forward by Gerry Kearns, Professor of Geography, at NUI Maynooth: ‘The Potent Wayfarer’.