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Education and Community > Schools Programme

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Throughout the school year, IMMA is free to visit for individuals and groups. Up to five exhibitions of modern and new art are open to the public. IMMA is situated on the historic grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which include a formal garden, large meadows and artists’ studios and residence. IMMA is walking distance from both Kilmainham Gaol and the National Museum at Collins Barracks. Prior to a class visit, teachers may wish to visit an exhibition to check its relevance to the age or stage of development of their group. On school days, IMMA and its grounds are open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10.00am and Wednesday from 10.30am. IMMA is open on Saturday from 10.00am and on Sunday from 12noon. The Museum closes each day at 5.30pm. IMMA’s galleries are closed on Mondays except on Bank Holidays.

You can book a guided tour and responsive workshop at IMMA. Lasting 2 hours, a primary class will explore a selection of artworks or an exhibition in the company of IMMA gallery Mediators. There are set times for guided tours: at 10:00am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and at 10:30am on Wednesday. Tours must be booked three weeks in advance of your intended visit and each group’s size is limited to 32 children. (If you need to book in less than three weeks, please contact Katy Fitzpatrick at email: to check availability)

You can book your Guided Tour online, please click
>arrow linkhere to go directly to the Guided Tour booking page.

>arrow Tour Guidelines (Adobe PDF - 162KB) 

>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Analysing Cubism (Acrobat Adobe PDF - 283KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Alice Maher: Becoming (Word doc 2003 - 2.30MB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Time out of Mind (Word doc 2003 - 322KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection (Adobe PDF - 329KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Rivane Neuenschwander (Word doc 2003 - 104KB)
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Madden/Arnholz - PDF
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Philip Taaffe - PDF
>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Romuald Hazoumè- Word 

Primary teachers can book on-line, please click >arrowhere to book.

The IMMA Primary School Programme lasts 2 hours and includes:

• A guided tour of selected artworks;
• An artmaking workshop based on themes covered in the guided tour;
• A set of notes which participating teachers can download regarding the exhibitions that children will visit, exploring themes in selected artworks and suggesting a few starting points for related art projects back in the classroom.

Each tour is led by IMMA gallery Mediators. There are set times for Primary School Programme tours: at 10:00am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 10.30am on Wednesday. Tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance of your intended visit, and each group’s size is limited to 32 children. (If you need to book in less than three weeks, please contact Katy Fitzpatrick at email: to check availability). From 21 February 2013, the IMMA Primary School Programme focuses on Analysing Cubism at IMMA’s New Galleries, in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

A fee of €25.00 per class is charged for the Primary School Programme. If your school is listed on the DEIS Scheme, there is no charge. Payment with Laser or credit card is accepted on-line.

Booking Online
You can book your Primary School Tour online, please click >arrow linkhere to go directly to the Primary School Programme booking page.

The Curriculum & Contemporary Art: Art workshops for primary teachers on Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
As in previous years, there will be six workshops for primary teachers between September 2012 and April 2013. Workshops will explore different strands of the curriculum in relation to current exhibitions at IMMA and will be led by artists in an area of their expertise. IMMA mediators will lead tours of the exhibitions. The workshops provide an opportunity for teachers to explore a current art show and experience creative processes and materials in the company of contemporary artists. Participation is free, and one or more sessions can be booked.

Dates for your diary:

20 April 2013 exhibition/venue to be confirmed

For specific information about this programme or teachers’ workshops, please contact Katy Fitzpatrick, Tel: 01 6129914 or email

What’s on at IMMA for Primary School Teachers and Children?

>arrow link Gallery Visit
>arrow link Guided Tours
>arrow link Talks & Lectures

For further information on the Primary Schools Programme please contact Katy Fitzpatrick, Projects Co-ordinator: Children’s Programmes, email:


IMMA invites secondary school teachers to bring their class groups to IMMA any time during opening hours. Teachers can also book a specialised tour and/or gallery talk and arrange for their class group to meet resident artists on the Artists’ Residency Programme. Click >arrowhere to go to tour bookings.

Visiting an Art Museum or Gallery: Resources for Second Level Students and Teachers

These resources are in two parts. Please click on the following links to download the resource documents.

Part 1: Visiting an Exhibition (Adobe PDF - 69.6KB)
includes general information about visiting a museum or gallery and information about the Irish Museum of Modern Art in particular.

Part 1: Alice Maher Becoming (Adobe PDF - 3.18MB)
provides information about the Alice Maher exhibition focusing on a select number of art works featured in the exhibition.

These resources have been prepared to provide supplementary information for 2nd level students and teachers visiting an exhibition.

Glossary of Art Terms

The following are a select number of terms relating to the subjects of Modern and Contemporary Art. This glossary is not comprehensive or exhaustive and is intended to be informative rather than definitive.

Glossary (Adobe PDF - 107KB)

What is Modern and Contemporary Art?
This Glossary was prepared in the context of the What is ...? information programme, which explores key themes and issues in relation to modern and contemporary art, through a series of talks, information booklets and web-based resources. This glossary will be developed, amended and expanded over time >arrow Click here for more information on What Is...?.

Previous Exhibitions and Resources

Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other
November 2011 - January 2012

Rivane Neuenschwander, I Wish Your Wish, 2003, Silkscreen on fabric ribbons, Dimensions variable, Detail, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, EUA / USA, Photo by Chocolate Milk, Photography, Courtesy the artist, Fortes Vilaça Gallery, São Paulo; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Viena; Juan e [and] Patricia Vergez, ArgentinaRivane Neuenschwander, The Tenant, 2010, High-definition digital video, 0:10:34, Made in collaboration with Cao Guimarães, Soundtrack O Grivo, Still, Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

>arrow Second Level Resource: Rivane Neuenschwander Part 1 (Adobe PDF - 163KB)
>arrow Second Level Resource: Rivane Neuenschwander Part 2 (Adobe PDF - 749KB)

The Moderns exhibition
October 2010 - March 2011

>arrow Second Level Resouce: The Moderns (Adobe PDF - 848KB)

Paul Henry. Errigal, Co. Donegal, c. 1930. oil on canvas. 36 x 38 cm. Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art. Heritage Gift by Bank of Ireland, 1999 Jack B. Yeats. st. Stephen's Green, Closing Time, 1950. Oil on canvas. 36 x 53.5 cm.  Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art. Heritage Gift by Brian Timmons, 2002. Jack B. Yeats. The Small Ring, 1930. Oil on canvas. 61 x 91.5 cm. Collection Crawford Art Galler, Cork. Louis le Brocquy, A Picnic, 1940. Wax-resin medium on canvas mounted on board. 40 x 40 cm. Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Institute of Art, Design and Technology and the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Students from the 1st year BA (Hons.) in Visual Arts Practice course at the Institute of ARt, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, undertake research projects based IMMA's studios.

For further information, you can contact IMMA: Lisa Moran, Curator Education and Community Programmes, or IADT 1st year BA Visual Arts Practice Team: Laurence Riddell, Des Ward, Lynda Devenney & Tim Lloyd (

You can follow the work of the students online at

Museum Visit and Talks for Second Level Students and Teachers

Artists’ Residency Programme (ARP)
Teachers can also bring their class groups to meet one or more of the artists in residence in the Museum’s studios. All visits to the ARP are free of charge but advanced notice is required. For further information please follow the link to >arrow link ARP: Public Access

What’s on at IMMA for Secondary Schools?

>arrow link Gallery Visit
>arrow link Guided Tours
>arrow link Heritage Tours
>arrow link Talks & Lectures


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