Exhibitions > Past Exhibitions
15 September - 19 November 2017
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.
noon: Heritage Tour
Learn Home Brewing in the After noon
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.
Life Drawing at noon with artist Fergus Byrne
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.
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.
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.
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