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The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has been working with the National Cultural Institutions through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to develop meaningful ways to support artists across the country at this challenging time. In October 2020, Minister Martin committed €1m from her department to IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery to fund the purchase of artworks by artists living and/or working in Ireland. The investment enabled the two institutions charged with collecting contemporary art to work collaboratively to support artists by buying existing artworks, bringing much needed financial resources to the sector.

IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery have been working tirelessly to realise this progressive goal for the National Collection. The body of 422 artworks by 70 artists from across the country has been selected through a rigorous process by both institutions to ensure strategic and thoughtful acquisitions for the nation. Spanning from 1972 to 2021, the works consist of paintings, photographic work, drawings, sculpture, installations, moving image, sound work, film, embroidery and performance. This is a significant boost to both Collections, strengthening and enhancing the breath of style of work, making them truly representative of contemporary Irish practice and available for the public to enjoy for generations to come.

As the cultural repositories for the country, the role of the National Cultural Institutions is to reflect Ireland and her people and tell the story of our country. This is the first time in over a decade that substantial funding has been specifically allocated towards building the National Collection to reflect contemporary culture.

Stay tuned on our social media channels over the coming weeks as we will be profiling each artist using the hashtag #YourNationalCollection.


Catherine Martin T.D.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

"We are all aware of how difficult a time this has been for everybody in the artistic community. I am delighted to provide funding to IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery so that they can support living artists by the purchase of their work. I am confident that our National Cultural Institutions will do justice to these artists in how they represent their work."

List of Artists

IMMA has acquired, 197 works from 31 artists.

The artists are: Bassam Al-Sabah, Marie Brett, Sarah Browne & Jesse Jones, Anishta Chooramun, Amanda Coogan, Vivienne Dick, Edy Fung, Emma Wolf Haugh, Patricia Hurl, Sandra Johnston, Eithne Jordan, John Lalor, Breda Lynch, Alice Maher, Leanne McDonagh, Eoin McHugh, Alastair MacLennan, Sibyl Montague, Maïa Nunes, Brian O’Doherty, Alanna O’Kelly, Sarah Pierce, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Alice Rekab, Nigel Rolfe, Dermot Seymour, Rajinder Singh , Anne Tallentire, Cléa van der Grijn, Eimear Walshe.

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To ensure the health and safety of the public, in line with current government restrictions, IMMA’s galleries will remain closed until Tuesday, 11 May. We appreciate your patience during this time.

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