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Exhibitions > Past Exhibitions


15 September - 19 November 2017 
Project Spaces 

noon montage / with Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Sonia Sheil and Veterans in the Dining Hall / IMMA / RHK / photograph by R.Flanagan

The Project Spaces presents noon, an amalgam of heritage and contemporary influences reflecting the IMMA/RHK site and its various domestic functions. Inhabited since 1684, the Royal Hospital’s previous occupants were veterans, whilst these days it’s residential artists. 

noon features a newly commissioned wallpaper by Edward Clydesdale Thomson in response to a sample of original RHK flocked wallpaper which is on view in The Old Man’s House, in the West Ground Gallery and which would have once decorated the walls around this building. Inspired by the military history of Kilmainham Thomson has referenced the timeline of IMMA’s establishment in the early '90s when fashion trends of camouflage were popular, as were brightly coloured floral patterns. Expanding the remit of the Project Spaces the wallpaper will also find a permanent home in one of the three onsite residency apartments where it has been permanently installed in the entrance to the living quarters. 

noon has a relax and collapse area to support reflection and dialogue ranging from the playful to the more contemplative. A flexible, welcoming, free space, adaptable as a stage or seating, with the highest point providing a window seat looking out to the studios and residency. Painted arrangements by Sonia Shiel take on an irreverent functionality as potential support to whatever resting position may require a soft supportive touch. Not quite a cushion, not quite a painting, the three dimensional works conjure references to a luncheon and the RHK gardens. Rivane Neuenschwander’s flip clock edition for IMMA hangs on the wall, caught in a constant state it permits us to let time stand still, let it be noon. 

The history of the RHK tells us that noon was ritually a time for resting and lunch for the soldiers. We invite you to come in and enjoy this space, browse information on the RHK/IMMA site and programming, see research and process documentation about the commissioned wallpaper and wider museum programming or just grab a cushion and chill-out.

As part of the activation of this space noon will host events which will incorporate talks, workshops, still life drawing sessions, life drawing classes, reading troupes and maybe even a day to bring a packed lunch! 

Check-in on IMMA’s website for confirmed activities. 


Associated Events

noon: Heritage Tour
Friday 10 November 2017, 12noon | Project Spaces

The history of the RHK tells us that noon was ritually a time for resting and lunch for the soldiers. Exploring the intersections of history, heritage and domestic activities related to IMMA’s site and grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham(RHK); join Michael Wardick (IMMA Visitors Engagement Team) for a walking tour that visits the historical sites of the RHK’s great hall and chapel where you can see and hear the story behind one of the most iconic Dublin buildings and Ireland's foremost example of fine 17th century architecture and gardens – now home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. To continue with this intriguing story of local heritage, a walking tour of the RHK formal gardens and meadows will be led... by Head Gardener, Mary Condron.

Learn Home Brewing in the After noon
Friday 17 November 2017, 5 - 6.30pm, the Project Spaces,  Drop-in
Bringing the project noon to a close, IMMA is delighted to welcome local Artisan Brew Academy’s Kevin Somers-Walsh for a final gathering in The Project Spaces. A master brewer in the craft of home-brew techniques Kevin will offer insights into the processes and techniques used in the creation of home brew beers as we pay homage to the ambitions of the RHK veterans and their attempts to establish a brewery onsite at the hospital.

Before the session starts why not drop into the Old Man’s House in the West Ground Gallery to see the huge leather Blackjack jug which was used to serve out the daily rations of 3 pints of beer per RHK veteran. This jug is thought to have been linked with the coining of the phrase More Power to Your Elbow as when full it would have contained five gallons of beer requiring great strength for pouring.
This is a free event, no booking required.


Life Drawing at noon with artist Fergus Byrne
The Project Spaces / Fridays: 27 October & 3 November / 12 – 2.15pm / Free / Drop-in

From Tuesday 24 October until Sunday 5 November IMMA is celebrating the successful first year of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project with a fortnight of FREE admission to all. Lucian Freud is one of the most celebrated masters of figurative and portrait painting of the 20th Century, painting only from life, and as part of these first anniversary celebrations IMMA is hosting free life drawing classes with Irish artist Fergus Byrne.

Presented within the series of live activations for the current exhibition noon, the class will incorporate a series of short and long poses over the course of two hours. The stage/seating area commissioned for noon will provide alternative perspectives for the class as it delivers various levels for the model to work at. 

Byrne is one of 31 artists who were asked to write a response to the work of Lucian Freud for the inaugural Freud Project book; Lucien Freud, IMMA Collection Freud Project, 2016 – 2021, where he comments on how Freud has influenced his own practice as a contemporary artist working today:

Freud has informed my work through oblique and direct reference to him. There is much within the dynamic between artist and sitter that can be considered from the perspective of performance. His desire for the sitter to be present even while he painted surroundings underscored the importance of energetic exchange to his process.

Sometimes after excessive consumption of his work I am astonished at how little imagination he had; or to put it differently how, through binding himself to all that revealed itself over time, no invention from his mind was necessary.

His people are ground into the sediment of paint and time. I find that there is much physicality to the works that in drawing them it can come close to studying from the living figure. This would suggest a living vitality but sometimes it seems at the cost of fleeting aspects of the spirit, that of the sitter, something akin to committing a person to a zoo for their humanity to be viewed 
- Fergus Byrne

These two life drawing classes are suitable for everyone from beginners to accomplished artists. Materials are provided or you can bring your own sketchbook. Please note that only dry materials are permitted in the space. Strictly no photography is permitted and all devices must be turned off for the duration of the class.

Participation operates on a first come first served basis with limited capacity, so arrive early to ensure a space. No entry will be permitted once the class commences and participants are encouraged to stay for the full two-hour duration of the workshop.

About the Artist
Fergus Byrne (b.1974, Dublin, Ireland) is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, drawing and event curation. Underlying much of the performance work is the practice of life modelling of which he has extensive experience. In performance he tests the materiality of his body, sometimes combining such action with spoken word. Through rigorous physical discipline he creates mesmerising performances. Byrne is an alumni of IMMA’s artist residency programme.



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