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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. 



Life Drawing at noon with artist Fergus Byrne
Fridays: 27 October & 3 November 12 – 2.15pm
Free Event, the Project Spaces

To celebrate IMMA’s two weeks of free admission the Freud exhibition noon will host two life drawing classes with artist Fergus Byrne. The class will incorporate a series of short and long poses over the course of two hours. The stage/seating area in noon will provide alternative perspectives as it delivers various levels for the model to work at. 

Suitable for everyone from beginners to accomplished artists. Materials are provided or bring your own sketchbook. Please note that only dry materials are permitted in the space. Strictly no photography and all devices should be turned off for the duration of the class. Participation operates on a first come first served basis with limited capacity, arrive early to ensure a space. No entrance will be permitted once the class commences, participants are encouraged to stay for the full duration of the workshop.

No booking required, but space is limited, will operate on a first come first served basis.

Fergus Byrne on Freud
Byrne's response from the exhibition catalogue 'Lucien Freud, IMMA Collection Freud Project, 2016 – 2021':

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


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