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The Project Spaces presents noon, an amalgam of heritage and contemporary influences reflecting the IMMA/RHK site and its various domestic functions. Inhabited since 1684, the Royal Hospital’s previous occupants were veterans, whilst these days it’s residential artists.

noon features a newly commissioned wallpaper by Edward Clydesdale Thomson in response to a sample of original RHK flocked wallpaper which is on view in The Old Man’s House, in the West Ground Gallery and which would have once decorated the walls around this building. Inspired by the military history of Kilmainham Thomson has referenced the timeline of IMMA’s establishment in the early ’90s when fashion trends of camouflage were popular, as were brightly coloured floral patterns. Expanding the remit of the Project Spaces the wallpaper will also find a permanent home in one of the three onsite residency apartments where it has been permanently installed in the entrance to the living quarters.

noon has a relax and collapse area to support reflection and dialogue ranging from the playful to the more contemplative. A flexible, welcoming, free space, adaptable as a stage or seating, with the highest point providing a window seat looking out to the studios and residency. Painted arrangements by Sonia Shiel take on an irreverent functionality as potential support to whatever resting position may require a soft supportive touch. Not quite a cushion, not quite a painting, the three dimensional works conjure references to a luncheon and the RHK gardens. Rivane Neuenschwander’s flip clock edition for IMMA hangs on the wall, caught in a constant state it permits us to let time stand still, let it be noon.

The history of the RHK tells us that noon was ritually a time for resting and lunch for the soldiers. We invite you to come in and enjoy this space, browse information on the RHK/IMMA site and programming, see research and process documentation about the commissioned wallpaper and wider museum programming or just grab a cushion and chill-out.

As part of the activation of this space noon will host events which will incorporate talks, workshops, still life drawing sessions, life drawing classes, reading troupes and maybe even a day to bring a packed lunch!

Check-in on IMMA’s website for confirmed activities.


About the Artist

Fergus Byrne b.1974

Fergus Byrne (b.1974, Dublin, Ireland) is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, drawing and event curation. Underlying much of the performance work is the practice of life modelling of which he has extensive experience. In performance he tests the materiality of his body, sometimes combining such action with spoken word.
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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. 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.