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The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has announced the acquisition of over 100 works of contemporary art to Ireland’s National Collection. This was supported by an allocation of €1.5m to IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery. The purpose of the award was to respond to significant gaps identified in the Collections of both National Cultural Institutions. These new additions to the National Collection will ensure that it is more representative of the diverse communities of contemporary Ireland.

The new works include painting, sculpture, photography, installation, works on paper, digital media works and textiles, by both Irish and international artists. The acquisitions, which encompass pressing issues including climate change, diversity and global migration, will ensure that seminal artists previously missing from the National Collection are now represented. This investment builds upon the €1m fund provided to IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery in 2020 for the acquisition of artworks to support Irish artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Discover the artists and artworks that have joined Your National Collection further down this page.


Annie Fletcher
Director, IMMA

“The impact of this acquisitions funding cannot be underestimated. It has re-focused and reinvigorated the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s resolute determination to build a vital, accessible and ambitious world class Collection for Ireland. We recognise and sincerely thank Minister Martin’s commitment to the arts and for her Department’s support in realising these strategic aims with our valued colleagues in the Crawford Art Gallery. This important injection of funding matches our ambitions and commitment to make IMMA a significant site and resource of Irish and international artwork for the Irish public now and into the future.”

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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. 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.

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