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Celebrate summer in Dublin!

— July 2014

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Hélio Oiticica, Parangolé P4 Cape 1, 1964. Photo Sergio Zalis

Summer Rising: The IMMA Festival
Friday 18 – Saturday 26 July 2014

 ‘Summer Rising’, with a line-up of events that invites everyone to come and enjoy a packed programme with something for all ages, is taking place from Friday 18 July to Saturday 26 July 2014. The venue is IMMA’s beautiful gardens and historic North Wing, in celebration of the much anticipated exhibition ‘Propositions’ by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, ‘Summer Rising’ promises to be a joyous celebration of art, music, food, and performance with day-long family events and a programme of night time events.

Highlights include a very special edition of THISISPOPBABY's performance, art and club extravaganza WERK; GRACELANDS, artist and chef-curated food events presented by Michelle Darmody including lunch-time and evening banquets; family workshops with artists, chefs and special guests Up & Over It alternative Irish dance group; Happenings pop-up outdoor cinema, Hare Café and Cake Café on the lawn; live music in the gardens including The BQ Trio and Roland Gomez; open studios; gallery and garden talks; and the grand finale will be IMMA’s Summer Party!

‘Summer Rising’ will open up IMMA’s gardens and grounds with day and night time events and is made possible by the OPW Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Highlights of ‘Summer Rising’

Friday 18 July– Opening reception of the exhibition ‘Propositions’by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (some of whose work is currently on show at the Royal Academy, London in the Radical Geometry exhibition),   followed by a very special edition of THISISPOPBABY’s performance, art and club extravaganza WERK.

Saturday 19 July– ‘The Garden Rising’, a daytime celebration of art, food and performance for all ages taking place in IMMA’s stunning gardens, including Hare Café on the lawn, performances, talks, and art events from 12noon to 5p.m.

Tuesday 22 July – Thursday 24 July – Free family workshops each morning. Artist Rhona Byrne will lead two Summer camps for teens. IMMA Mediators will also be out and about talking to visitors about the artworks and items of interest in the gardens and grounds.

Friday 25 July– Night-time Banquet curated by Michelle Darmody with artist Mark Garry and chef Jessica Murphy of Kai in Galway taking place in the historic Great Hall, a unique setting for a sensory collision of food and art.

Saturday 26 July– ‘The Garden Rising’ continues and includes a lunch banquet, curated by Michelle Darmody with artist Ruth Lyons and chef Giles Clark. The 18th-century formal gardens will be alive with sounds as a series of free musical performances pop up in the lawns, with site-responsive performances by Sean MacErlaine, The BQ Trio and Roland Gomez amongst others, Cake Café on the lawn, and look out for pickling workshops with The Rocket Man, fish smoking with Sally Barns, butter making with McNally Family Farm, an edible canvas workshop for children and open studios with our resident artists.

In the evening ‘Summer Rising’ comes to an end with the Summer Party, the audience will be encouraged to explore the site with the galleries, formal gardens, historic Great Hall and Chapel all activated by the different programmes at stages of the night.

The night will include specially curated food and cocktails by House in Cork Opera House and Luncheonette, a specially commissioned edition of GRACELANDS, featuring artists’ film and interventions, DJ sets from Donal Dineen, Emmet Condon, 11:11 and the first Irish performance of Gang Colours.

Hélio Oiticica proposed with his work ways ‘of giving the individual the possibility to “experiment”,  to no longer be the spectator and become the participant’, and it is in this spirit that IMMA invites you to be part of the ‘Summer Rising’ – to taste, to listen, to look , to enjoy and most of all to take part.

All day-time activities free, tickets starting from €15.00 for food and night-time events. Full programme and ticket details will be available shortly. Visit for further updates.

Supported by OPW Per Cent for Art Scheme.

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