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Tipperary Institute of Technology, Thurles, Co Tipperary

This exhibition focuses on paintings from the IMMA Collection from the figurative to the abstract. It explores the physical nature of the painting process and the importance placed by some artists on the building of layers to create definition and texture within their work. What lies beneath the surface presents work by artists such as Robert Ballagh, Mark Francis, Louis le Brocquy and Patrick Scott.

Blaise Drummond, Towards A Unified Theory of Everything, 2004, Oil and collage on canvas, 127 x 167.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchased from the Foley Fund 2005Brian Maguire, Liffey Suicides, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 101.6 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Vincent & Noleen Ferguson 1996Patrick Hall, Jacob's Dream, 2002, oil on canvas, 183 x 198 cm,Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase 2002 183 x 198 cm 

Founded in 2000, the Tipperary Institute Arts Forum actively promotes, supports and creates access opportunities to the arts at both local and national level. The Arts Forum regularly organises exhibitions at the Tipperary Institute Thurles Campus and has initiated the establishment of a Tipperary Institute Art Collection – The Rural Ireland Collection. In addition, it has also overseen the selection and installation of public art at both it’s Thurles and Clonmel campuses under the Per Cent for Art Scheme in 2001/2002.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of gallery talks aimed at second level certificate art students.

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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.