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A number of Sarah Pierce’s artworks within the exhibition Scene of the Myth involve live elements. Performers include a core group of students and recent graduates selected from a national Open Call, as well as other groups

Open rehearsals and performances of the artworks – Campus (2011), Levitating in the Nauman (2014), and Future Exhibitions (2013) – take place at intervals in the galleries and across the wider museum.

Performance Dates

Date Time
Thursday 30 March between 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 13 & 20 April between 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 29 April between 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 4 May between 2pm – 3pm
Thursday 11 & 18 May between 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 27 May between 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 1, 8 & 15 June between 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 6, 13 & 20 July between 2pm – 3pm
Saturday 29 July between 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 10, 17 & 31 August between 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 2 September between 2pm – 4pm

On Sunday 3 September 2023 there will be a special performance of Shelter Bread & Freedom (2021). This performance includes an afternoon of live readings in the shelter at the People’s Flower Garden, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

All live artworks, performances and readings are free entry. No booking required unless otherwise stated.



Performers: Paola Catizone, Sarah Joan Kelly, Julie Landers, Manuel McCarthy Valderrama, Méabh McKenna, Emily Miller, Charlotte van Braam and Nada Yehia.

Sarah Joan Kelly is a Dublin based theatre-maker, performer and writer from Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. She is a recent graduate from Drama and Theatre Studies in Trinity College Dublin.

Paola Catizone is a visual artist (MFA NCAD), arts facilitator (IMMA) and a yoga and movement facilitator. Paola combines the immediacy of drawing and the directness of Performance Art in her work. Embodied awareness, performance, drawing, relational processes and interdisciplinary collaborations, are the elements of her practice. Paola is the founder of the Breaking Cover Collective, an artist collective focusing on the role of performance art in the current ecological emergency.

Julie Landers is visual artist currently enrolled in the MA in Art and the Contemporary World in the National College of Art and Design.

Manuel McCarthy Valderrama is a Spanish and Irish multidisciplinary artist and researcher based in Dublin. His work and research are concerned with the relationships that can form between objects and humans through daily use and interaction. He studied Fine Arts in the Complutense University in Madrid (2017-2021), where he exhibited his own work multiple times. He studied a MA in Art and Technology in the University of Limerick (2021-2022). His work has been exhibited across Spain, Ireland, and Germany. He was funded by the Irish Embassy in Berlin and the Goethe Institut Irland under the ‘Creative Pathways 2022’ project, where he participated in the exhibition ‘DÉAD (a set of teeth)’ in Silent Green, Berlin (Transmediale Studio) in November 2022.

Méabh McKenna is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Moynalty, Co.Meath. Currently undergoing postgraduate studies in Art in the Contemporary World in NCAD, her focus on collaboration and community ritual has led her to working with songwriters and performance artists such as Aoife Nessa Frances, Maija Sofia, and Isadora Epstein.

Emily Miller is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in expanded and traditional paint, print, installation, film and performance, with a focus on the natural world in the wake of the environmental crisis. Emily is a George Moore Scholar and will study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on the acclaimed Painting and Drawing MFA programme, from September. She is currently preparing for her first solo show at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery which will open on August 10th through to September 2nd. instagram @emjmarts.

Charlotte van Braam is an academic, artist, and performer. Her work as a performer in the Sarah Pierce exhibitions is linked to her research interests in museum geographies and decolonial museum practices, as part of the MA Race, Migration, and Decolonial studies. She has also worked in the development-humanitarian sector which she now studies from a decolonial perspective. Moreover, she explores art-making as decolonial praxis focusing on exploring embodied knowledge and identity, in collaboration with the IMMA Studios.

Nada Yehia is a PhD researcher at the School of Sociology, University College Dublin, where her research is focusing on refugee-led humanitarianism. Her Masters thesis focused on handwashing with soap promotional interventions in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan and she has more than six years experience in research and implementation of international donor funded projects related to refugees and asylum seekers’ rights.

General Call for Participants

The Application process is now closed

Application Details

IMMA is seeking expressions of interest from participants to take part in a performance programme in relation to Sarah Pierce’s exhibition between March and September 2023.

Expressions of Interest

  • Participation is open to all ages and abilities.
  • No prior experience necessary – amateurs, non-performers and non-arts practitioners are welcome.
  • The initiative may be of interest to anyone with an interest in performance and also current art students or recent graduates and students from other disciplines such as sociology, political science, architecture, dance, theatre studies, etc.
  • The performances will be documented for archive and communication purposes.
  • There is an honorarium of €1,000 per participant.
  • There will be approximately 8-10 participants selected.
  • The rehearsals for each performance will begin mid-morning and will not exceed two hours, with breaks every half-hour. The performances will be in areas throughout the museum and usually last 12-15 minutes.
  • The performance scripts include voice and movements that can adapt to the performer’s body.


Key Dates

Participation will involve approximately 15 days between March – September 2023 including:

  • March – Induction session (half day)
  • March/April – Three workshop sessions with artist Sarah Pierce (three days)
  • April – July – A phase of active engagement with the exhibition and its public (one half-day per week approx.)
  • September – Public seminar (one day)

For people unable to make this commitment, there will also be opportunities to participate in one-off events and workshops. Do let us know if this is of interest.

Please note, these are estimates of the time involved for planning purposes, and dates and times may vary as the exhibition evolves. Selection of participants is based on a statement of intention outlining why you wish to take part in this project (400 words max).

To apply, please send your name, contact details, CV and links to any relevant supporting documentation to [email protected].

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.