Children Get Choosy with IMMA

An Cathaoirleach & Members of Wexford County Council in association with The Irish Museum of Modern Art and Wexford Arts Centre cordially invite you to attend the official launch of

Children Get Choosy with IMMA Art Alongside Exhibition

Date: Wednesday 23rd March at 7.30pm

Venue: Wexford Arts Centre

The exhibition will be opened by Helen O'Donoghue, Senior Curator: Head of Education & Community Programmes - Irish Museum of Modern Art

All welcome to attend.

Children Get Choosy with IMMA opens to the public at Wexford Arts Centre on Wednesday 23rd March 2011. An initiative of the Arts Department of Wexford County Council, Art Alongside is a visual arts programme based in primary schools throughout County Wexford. The six schools involved in the 2010 / 2011 project are Barntown National School, St. Patrick's National School - Craanford, Scoil Naomh Áine - Rathgarogue, Cushinstown National School, Kildavin National School and Courtnacuddy National School.

This year's Art Alongside continued its hugely successful partnership between Wexford County Council, the Arts Council, the National Programme of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Wexford Arts Centre and primary level schools.

For the current project, children from County Wexford primary schools were shown high quality reproductions of artwork in the Irish Museum of Modern Art collection. Guided by project artists Mary Claire O'Brien and Helen Robbins, the children involved were facilitated in looking carefully at each of these reproductions and made their choice of work to be included in their exhibition in Wexford Arts Centre. Following this period of research, the classroom art projects were devised, based on the students' understanding of and responses to their chosen piece of work. The children worked extensively in a variety of different media including painting, drawing, photography, textiles and weaving, clay, construction and papier-mâché.

Art Alongside provides an exciting opportunity for participating classes to become familiar with the IMMA collection, and in a meaningful way the children explore a piece of contemporary art of their choice.

A selection of work from each of the schools will be shown in this countywide exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre, alongside the work of the project artists, and works from IMMA's collection including Landmarks of Industrial Britain by Canadian artist Carl Zimmerman, Study for Arcadia by Gary Coyle and Untitled by Louise Bourgeois. Everyone is welcome to attend the launch and visit the exhibition during its time at Wexford Arts Centre.

Children Get Choosy with IMMA runs until Saturday 9th April 2011. For further information on the exhibition, or to request images please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre on +353 (0)53 91 23764 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Wexford Art Centre's galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5.30pm and admission is free.

School tours and artist led workshops can be arranged upon request. 

Images (left to right)

Air Waves, 6th class, Cushinstown N.S., Co. Wexford, 2010/11
Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, fabric, aluminum, stainless steel, glass and wood vitrine, 177.8 x 60.9 x 60.9cms, Collection: Irish Museum of Modern Art - Donation, 2005
Sound Machine - Radio Alarm, 5th Class - Scoil Naomh Aine N.S., Co. Wexford, 2010/11

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