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Throughout the school year, IMMA is free to visit for individuals and groups. Up to five exhibitions of modern and contemporary 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 of Ireland 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.

As well as our booked primary school programme, schools are welcome to come as self-guided groups. If you would like any help in preparing for a self-guided visit, please don’t hesitate to contact our Children’s Programme Co-ordinator.


Primary School Programme 2013. Photography Mirjam Keune
Primary school groups can book a guided tour and responsive workshop at IMMA. Lasting 2 hours, a primary class will explore an exhibition with IMMA’s Mediators. For our spring-summer Primary School Programme IMMA invites primary school pupils and their teachers to explore the major exhibition of Patrick Scott’s work, Image Space Light, which is in the Garden Galleries.

During his long lifetime, Patrick Scott worked as an architect, a designer, and an artist, and his contribution to Irish culture was extraordinary. By looking, discussing, and responding through art-making processes, each class will focus on Patrick Scott’s earlier paintings and design projects.  There are images of birds, trees, ponds, garden gates, house interiors, goal posts, and his cat Miss Mouse. The exhibition also contains his Device paintings, which feature ‘explosions’ of dripping colour, as well as examples of the artworks for which Patrick Scott was best known, his beautiful abstract Gold Paintings.

Spring/Summer Dates:
4 March to 16 May 2014, Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 12pm

You can book your Guided Tour online, please >arrow linkclick  here to go directly to the Guided Tour booking page. Fee €25 (Deis exempt).

>arrowTour Guidelines (Adobe PDF - 162KB) 

Primary School Programme 2013. Photography Mirjam Keune

Please click here for Primary Teachers Notes on our current Patrick Scott exhibition Image Space Light. For further information on the exhibition please >arrow linkclick here

>arrow Primary Teachers Notes - Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist (Acrobat Adobe PDF - 721KB)
>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 School Report Alice Maher’s exhibition Becoming that took place from November 2012 – February 2013. This report is based on feedback from pupils, primary school teachers, artists and Mediators subsequent to the primary school programme that took place around the Alice Maher exhibition. Many thanks to all of those who contributed.

Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm

This continuing professional development programme for primary teachers is led by artists and IMMA’s Mediators, and takes place on six Saturdays over the school year between September and April. The workshops provide an opportunity for teachers to explore contemporary art practice through discussion and creative processes. Participation is free, and one or more sessions can be booked.

Dates for your diary:
Saturday 29 March, 2 – 4.30pm, meet exhibiting artist Karl Burke whose sound work Compositions 1-36 (created in collaboration with Russell Hart) is in our Light Rhythms exhibition and work with him to create your own sound compositions.

For specific information about the primary school 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
>arrow link Family Programme


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 2: Teachers’ Resources Patrick Scott IMAGE SPACE LIGHT (Adobe PDF - 4.84MB) 
Information and resources for teachers and students about the Patrick Scott 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

Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter
12 October 2013 - 26 January 2014

>arrowTeachers’ Resources Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter (Adobe PDF - 3.42MB) 
Information and resources for teachers about the Eileen Gray exhibition focusing on a select number of art works featured in the exhibition.

 >arrowStudent Resources Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter (Adobe PDF - 3.41MB) 
Information and resources for students about the Eileen Gray exhibition focusing on a select number of art works featured in the exhibition.

Alice Maher: Becoming
6 October 2012 - 17 February 2013

>arrowAlice 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.

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

The students from the 1st year BA (Hons.) in Visual Arts Practice course at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, are based in IMMA's studios for 12 weeks during the year undertaking research around 'the idea of place.'

You can see aspects of the students’ work online at

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 (

Museum Visit and Talks for Second Level Students and Teachers

  • talks for second-level school teachers in preparation for taking a group to see an exhibition;
  • tours of the exhibitions for students and teachers throughout the year;
  • talks by artists and specialists at key points of the exhibitions programme. Follow the link to > arrow linkTalks and Lectures for further information.

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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