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IMMA has a broad range of family programmes to engage audiences of all ages:

Family Workshops

Weekly Family Workshop – Explorer
Sunday, 2- 4pm / Until 29 May
Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff, and enjoy a hands-on workshop in the galleries. Explorer’s drop-in, fun and free.

Holiday Family Workshops - Mornings at the Museum
Have some creative family time during the holidays. Children and grown-ups can enjoy visiting an exhibition and making artworks together in the gallery. Drop in.
Summer Holidays:
During July, Thursday and Friday mornings, 10 - 11am
Thu 7 & Fri 8 Jul to Thu 28 & Fri 29 Jul
Please note: Mornings at the Museum finished on Friday 29 July. Family Workshops as part of A Fair Land will take place from Friday 12 August throughout the month of August. Please see full details below.

Fair Families
Daily / Thu — Sun / Times vary / Free

Join us each day for free family workshops during which children and parents can spend some creative time together making artworks, as well as seeing the ‘village’ of A Fair Land in IMMA’s courtyard. No booking required, just come to the Meeting Point in the main IMMA reception. Please note that these workshops take place at 10am on Thursdays and Fridays, and at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. See schedule below:
Thu, Fri 10 – 11am /
12, 18, 19, 25, 26 August
Sat, Sun 2 – 4pm /
13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 August

Look, No Cows (2014)
Click below to watch a short film called Look, No Cows with Siobhán Parkinson. Siobhán served as Ireland’s first children’s laureate (Laureate na nÓg) 2010-12. In Look, No Cows, she visits her favourite artworks from IMMA's Collection in the museum grounds, as well as talking to children about the artworks, the Royal Hospital and its magnificent garden.
Duration approx. 19 minutes.

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Young People

IMMA offers creative experiences for 12-15 year olds and 15-18 year olds which consist of looking, discussing, and making, as well as engaging with IMMA’s exhibitions and Collection, and working with contemporary artists. IMMA runs workshops and events for young people during the summer holidays.

This August, as part of A Fair Land, a new project arising from a collaboration between the IMMA Residency Programme and Grizedale Arts (UK), we have created two extraordinary opportunities for young people.

The Food Power School will have a week dedicated to Teenagers, from Thu 18 - Sat 21 August 2016, where they will learn about harvesting processing and serving the food crated from the glut crop grown at IMMA.The School for Revolutionary Girls is a week-long School where internationally acclaimed artist Suzanne Lacy will work with twenty teenage women to explore their connections with earlier eras as part of a ten-day project. Working with historians, museum staff, students, Irish and US artists, and in association with CREATE, twenty young women between 14-17 years old will participate in an artistic “consciousness-raising” process about the world as it is for them as young women, and as it could be. This live event will be the public culmination of the school with live performances from participants.

Food / Power School
Daily / Thu — Sun / 10am + 3pm / Free

Re-discover the power in domestic life by joining the Food School where you will work with the Fair Land team and learn more about the growing, cropping and preparation of produce used in the OR/AND table. There are only four places available each week and you must join for a full week of sessions, i.e. four days.

Activities each day will include:
Harvesting - collecting the crop of courgettes from the field of straw bales in IMMA's courtyard
Processing - preparing hot and cold dishes, including the pickling of courgettes
Serving - delivering the food to a public lunch each day at 1pm

> Week 2 - Thu 18 - Sun 21 Aug / Teenagers / Book Here

The School for Revolutionary Girls / Schedule
Sat 20 - Sun 28 August 2016

  • Saturday August 20, Sunday August 21, and Monday August 22: full day sessions for Revolutionary Girls – special guests include Irish women journalists
  • Tuesday August 23, half day session for Revolutionary Girls - to finalise plans for final performance event
  • Saturday  August 27: full day session of preparation and rehearsal for performance event
  • Sunday August 28: half day session for public presentation of performance event in IMMA Courtyard and post-performance celebration

Specific start/end times for above sessions to be confirmed.

>  Read more about the School

Contact IMMA Engagement & Learning for further information.

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Studio 10

Studio10, a programme for adults of all levels of creative experience, includes tours, discussions, and experimental art-making. The programme is scheduled into blocks of consecutive weekly sessions, with each block addressing a particular exhibition. Based from IMMA’s Studio10, it will take place on Fridays 10.00am-12.30pm on the dates below.

9, 16, 23 September

7, 14, 21 October

4, 11, 18 November

2, 9, 16 December

Blocks of sessions are free, no booking is required, and participants may attend multiple blocks as they so wish.

Drawing Each Other with artist Dorothy Smith

As part of a workshop at IMMA on Saturday 17 May 2014 in association with National Drawing Day and Bealtaine 2014, 16 people aged from 10-17 years gathered at IMMA to draw each other. Quick warm-up sketches gradually led to longer 20mins drawings. You can watch the video, showing some of the exploration and adventure of these drawings, by clicking on the image below to launch youtube.


Pre-booked Guided Tours

Guided tours are available for special interest groups including schools, colleges and adult/community education. Tours are led by IMMA staff and are free of charge except for occasional temporary exhibitions - students in full time education are exempt from this charge. Tour times: Tuesday to Friday at 9.30am; 10:00am, 10.30am, 11.00am and 2.30pm.Booking required.

Maximum School group size 32.Two adults should accompany each school group. Maximum Adult group size 50. Please click here to book a tour online or tel: 01 612-9937, email:, at least two weeks in advance. Please read the Terms and Conditions before booking your tour.

Guided Tour & Workshop

Groups can also arrange a workshop in conjunction with a guided tour. For further information please contact Lisa Moran, tel: 01 612 9912, email: or Caroline Orr, tel: 01 612-9956, email:


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