Come to the Edge

Artists, Art and Learning at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). A Philosophy of Access and Engagement
  • Helen O’Donoghue
Part of the Landscapes: The Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 2)


This chapter focuses on two interactive projects involving artists and adults from the local community in research projects which have informed general access and education programmes at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The first project, entitled Unspoken Truths, concentrates on an experimental process which introduced working class inner city Dublin women to contemporary art and artists in the context of the Museum and engaged with the community development sector in Ireland. It represented a defining moment in the development of the Museum. It also had a big impact on how marginalised working class communities reconsidered their relationships to museums, suggesting a model for access and informed thinking in this context both within the museum and in the wider world. The participants in the second project, all local older people were strongly empowered on seeing that exhibition and having it mediated by the women who created it. They began to consider seriously for the first time the validity of their own lives as source for their art work. Older people’s contact and involvement with contemporary art and artists is keenly felt to be essential to the exploration of new forms of expression and personal creativity. It contributes to the ongoing process of dealing with change in society.


Social Inclusion Adult Education Museum Education Work Class Community Community Development Organisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen O’Donoghue
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  1. 1.Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)Dublin, Eire

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