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Midsummer Open Studios & Exhibition Lucian’s Neighbours welcomes visitors to the IMMA Residency Programme. A chance to take a look around the residency, meet resident artists and explore their ongoing work and research in both the studio spaces and in The Project Spaces.

When you arrive make your first stop The Studio Salon in studio 11 where orientation, hospitality and further information on the afternoon activities will be available. This space will provide selections from the residency archive, research works and an information point for the current residency Open Call.

Visitors are welcome to meet with artists Neil Carroll, Laura Fitzgerald, Richard John Jones, Dragana Jurisic, Bridget O’Gorman & Sue Rainsford, Lar O’Toole and Walker & Walker. A Work in Progress studio will be presented by Jenny Brady.

The Studio in its many forms and functions holds an important role in the support and development of artistic practice. Artists use the studio to think, to research and to make work. The Studio visit is therefore a unique opportunity to meet with artists in an informal space, and engage with their work outside of the gallery experience. Everyone is welcome to chat, ask questions and even be a bit nosey.

A special open house will also offer the opportunity to visit an onsite apartment and the communal quarters in the main residents building. This is an ideal opportunity for those curious about what living at IMMA might be like.

Lucian’s Neighbours
Exhibition Dates: Sun 24 June – Sun 19 Aug 2018
The Project Spaces

This exhibition presents a new series of works and research developed in response to the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, 2016 – 2021 – a five-year project developed around the loan of 52 works by artist Lucian Freud. In 2017 Laura Fitzgerald, Richard John Jones, Bridget O’Gorman & Sue Rainsford were selected from the IMMA Residency Open Call to live and work onsite responding to Freud at IMMA. Like any symbiotic relationship the resulting artworks produced by this creative community are complex, encompassing multiple viewpoints and modes of expression, living with, influenced by and occasionally opposed to their famous neighbour.

By presenting the contemporary voices of these responding residents Lucian’s Neighbours probes the relevance of Freud to current social and cultural discussions, and in so doing captures what can be revealed through the practice of one artist observing another.

Entry to the current Lucian Freud exhibition The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by Daphne Wright, on show in the Freud Centre, will be free from 3pm onwards, just ask at main reception for your ticket.

Midsummer is a family friendly afternoon and an additional IMMA Explorer Pack with an IMMA Outdoor Artwork Trail and an activity booklet is available for kids free of charge from The Studio Salon.

This is a free event. No booking required.

The main museum building will close at regular closing hours (5.30pm) with exception of The Project Spaces and Main Reception until 6pm.

Event Supported by:

The event is kindly supported by O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers

IMMA would like to pay particular tribute to the IMMA 1000 donors, and the Freud Circle of BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse for their support of this programme.

Daphne Wright

Daphne Wright b.1963

Daphne Wright attended Sligo RTC College, the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. Wright makes multi-narrative installations, using a range of fragile media including plaster, tinfoil, unfired clay, and sound and video. She considers how language and materials can be used to probe unspoken human preoccupations. Concerned with the transitory areas of life, she explores the cusp of childhood and adulthood, and the borderlines between life and death. 

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Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud 1922–2011

Lucian Freud (1922-2011) was one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century. Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality.
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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. 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.