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Social cohesion, Participation, Inclusion through Cultural Engagement (SPICE) is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project dedicated to citizen curation of cultural heritage spanning over three years, from May 2020 to April 2023. Horizon 2020 is an EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation that provides funding to projects tackling societal challenges. The objective of SPICE is to support citizen curation through co-design with a diverse set of museums and communities.

There are five different case studies involving museums and participant groups in which codesign and evaluation of citizen curation activities will be implemented. The countries in which these case studies are being carried out are Finland, Ireland, Israel, Italy and Spain. The Irish case study is being carried out at IMMA through a collaboration with Open University.

IMMA’s case study aims to support groups who are less able to visit the museum physically, such as asylum seekers and children with serious illnesses, to access collections and share their own perspectives, both online and in the museum. Participants will be encouraged to think about universal, personal themes such as family to make interconnections across groups.

For further information on the SPICE project, contact [email protected]

IMMA Viewpoints

Discover selected artworks from our Collection with IMMA Viewpoints. This new programme invites you to explore IMMA’s outdoor artworks on your phone while visiting the historical site of IMMA and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Here, you can learn about our outdoor Collection and share your viewpoint about various sculptures. You can also explore how others have reacted. To join the IMMA Viewpoints conversation click here.

IMMA Deep Viewpoints

Explore how diverse communities have interpreted artworks and exhibitions at IMMA with IMMA Deep Viewpoints. Using this web app you can view works of art through the eyes of a wide range of minoritised or under-served communities, such as Irish Travellers, migrants and people seeking asylum, young people living with lifelong illnesses, and many other groups that have traditionally lacked access to the museum. Explore community-authored selections of artworks and share your own responses here.

What is SPICE?

SPICE: Social cohesion, Participation and Inclusion through Cultural Engagement

The Open University

The Irish case study is being carried out by IMMA in collaboration with Open University.

The Open University (OU), established in 1969, is the UK’s only university dedicated to distance learning.  It  has  around  150,000  undergraduate  and  more  than  30,000  postgraduate  students.  The largest faculty within the Open University is the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  (STEM). The  Knowledge  Media  Institute  (KMi),  a  research  centre within  the  STEM Faculty, was set up in 1995 in recognition of the need for the Open University to be at the forefront of  research  and  development  in  a  convergence  of  areas  that  impacted  on  the  OU’s  very  nature: Cognitive   and   Learning   Sciences,   Artificial   Intelligence   and   Semantic   Technologies,   and Multimedia. KMi has extensive experience of creating, managing and participating in national and European research projects related to cultural heritage, semantic web, digital libraries and technology enhanced learning.

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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. 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.