IMMA reopened the campus from today, Monday 29 June. The grounds of IMMA reopen with a new outdoor tented area called The Peoples Pavilion located on the front lawn and Social Distancing Circles placed across the site where friends and families can meet safely and enjoy IMMA. The outdoor programme focuses on art trails, the gardens and an activated programme of pop-up events in The Peoples Pavilion which will include collaborations with local community groups and artist collectives from mid-July. All this has been complemented by a new outdoor pop-up café The Flying Dog.
Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA, said The roadmap to recovery has placed a new focus on the importance of outdoor convivial spaces where we can gather safely and I am pleased that we can celebrate this at IMMA. The grounds are going to be of central importance to IMMAs programming going forward. This summer we encourage you to use IMMA as a place to meet with friends and family in our Social Distancing Circles, follow our outdoor art trails, drop into the Peoples Pavilion and try our new outdoor pop-up café The Flying Dog.
The galleries will reopen in phases from tomorrow, Tuesday 30 June, beginning with the Freud Project which examines the work of Lucian Freud through an accompanying digital research programme exploring the role of the studio. Also opening is the archive exhibition IMMA Archive: 1990s, From the Edge to the Centre which celebrates the ambitious IMMA Collection and Archive Digitisation Project. From 21 July IMMA will open the long-awaited exhibition by British-Indian artist Bharti Kher, A Consummate Joy, together with the main reception area, the IMMA Shop and an increased offering in The Peoples Pavilion. IMMA will launch a full programme of exhibitions in the autumn.
In order to ensure that public health guidelines are adhered to IMMA is reducing the number of people into its exhibition spaces. Entry to the exhibitions is free but by ticketed timeslot. Tickets can be booked via the new booking system at www.imma.ie
where visitors will find more information to ensure their visit is safe and enjoyable.
IMMA will also continue to offer its online programme throughout the summer months. Newly launched is the IMMA International Summer School which takes place from 3 to 28 August 2020. This is an online programme of lectures, discussions and workshops by artists, theorists and educators who will focus on the theme of statecraft and the role of art and artists in relation to the state. IMMA will also continue to present IMMA Screen, an online screening series showcasing film and video works from the IMMA Collection. IMMA will present Visibility: Moderate (1981) by Vivienne Dick as the second work from the Collection to be showcased as part of IMMA Screen alongside a new interview with the artist.