IMMA is committed to supporting remarkable emerging artists to make exciting new work through a dynamic series of commissions, projects and group exhibitions. New Art at IMMA, proudly supported by Matheson, allows IMMA to continue to support this vital work in a strand of programming that recognises and nurtures new talents, new thinking and new forms of exhibition-making.
This major three-year partnership (2015 -2018) sees Matheson supporting approximately ten artists per year at IMMA with the commitment particularly enabling the commissioning of new work by the Museum.
The first exhibition supported under this new partnership was a solo exhibition by Scottish sculptor and Turner Prize (2011) nominee Karla Black, whose exhibition featured seven new site-specific sculptures.
Exhibitions which feature Matheson-supported New Art at IMMA projects in 2016 include:
Simon Fujiwara, The Humanizer (20 May - 28 August 2016). A new work about Sir Roger Casement commissioned as part of the official Ireland 19/2016 programme.
A Fair Land (12 - 28 August 2016). An ambitious collaboration with Grizedale Arts (UK) with a large number of creative collaborators taking over the IMMA Courtyard n August.
Invited Curators Project (15 September 2016 - January 2017) with Kate Strain and Sumesh Sharma bringing innovative new forms of exhibition making into the Museum
Jaki Irvine, If the Ground Should Open(23 September 2016 - January 2017), a new work that draws from the stories of Elizabeth O'Farrell, Julia Grenan and the many women involved in the Easter Rising of 1916.
Emily Jacir, Europa. (21 October 2016 - February 2017) The first survey exhibition of this significant international artist in Ireland.
Duncan Campbell (25 November 2016 - February 2017) A major new film work, commissioned by IMMA, from the 2014 Turner Prize Winner, and his first film to be shot in Ireland.
Exhibitions which feature Matheson-supported New Art at IMMA projects in 2015 included:
What We Call Love, an exhibition of Surrealist works, alongside key conceptual and contemporary pieces, exploring the 20th century notion of love at the heart of which will be a series of new commissions supported by Matheson by artists including Seamus Nolan, Lucy Andrews and Jim Shaw. (12 Sept 2015 - 7 Feb 2016)