More than Bricks and Mortar: Works from the IMMA Collection
An exhibition of works selected by 50 pupils from Room 13 Inquiry, in association with Draíocht
22 June – 13 October 2018
More than Bricks and Mortar was selected by 50 pupils from Room 13 Inquiry, two school-based artist studios at Scoil Bhríde National School, Blanchardstown and Tyrellstown Educate Together National School, in association with Draíocht.
The selection process was interactive and collaborative. Through sharing experiences of home and exchanging skills and knowledge of contemporary art, collections and curation, this collaboration has led to an exhibition that, as the title suggests, is one of those ‘more than’ cultural experiences. To reflect that, the exhibition includes journals and artwork made by the pupils in Room 13 in response to the theme of home and to the work from IMMA, as well as a soundtrack of the children giving voice to their thoughts and feelings, their fears and hopes, their dreams and fantasies as they relate to home.
The exhibition is multiple in its perspectives but consistent in the depth of feeling that a generation of children living in Dublin 15 attach to the idea of ‘home’. The energy and diversity of the exhibition may in part be explained by those very characteristics in the children who selected it. Dublin 15 has the fastest growing population of young people under 30 in Ireland. 26% of its people are aged under 15 years and nearly 25% of them are described as the ‘new Irish’: twice the national average.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Programme is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the Museum’s collection and programmes, through supporting access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland.
Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. Room 13 studios based in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní NS Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS are the first such school-based studios to open in the Republic of Ireland.