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Self-Determination: A Global Perspective exhibition and resources at IMMA


Date: until 21st April 2024

Self -Determination: A Global Perspective is a major new exhibition at IMMA for winter and spring 23/24. The exhibition offers the opportunity to look through the eyes of the artists, while they recall Ireland’s journey to independence after the formation of the Free State.

This is not just an Irish story. Other emerging states experienced similar dramatic changes following World War I: Poland, Finland, Ukraine, Estonia, Turkey and Egypt. The exhibition includes artists from these countries and presents artworks from the time of the foundation of this state alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists.

Self -Determination: A Global Perspective will be of value to second level students, especially those studying art, but will also be engaging for students studying history, literature, language, economics and politics.

Exhibition Resources

The Self-Determination exhibition provides resources for students and teachers to engage with. These include:

  • Art and Self-Determination: A Reader is comprised of essays and poems alongside an introduction to the exhibition and a selection of artwork. It is available to purchase through the IMMA Shop or as a free pdf.
  • The exhibition also includes a useful timeline of social, political and cultural events in Ireland and throughout the states that emerged in the aftermath of World War 1, from 1913 to 1939.

To receive the free Timeline and the Reader as a PDF contact

  • Conference: 100 years of Self-Determination – available to watch back are key papers presented by invited speakers and researchers responding to themes of Self-Determination.
  • Podcast: IMMA Past Futures – a related podcast series on the shared site histories of IMMA / RHK is available to listen.

To access these resources and read more about the exhibition, please visit: 

Self-determinaton: A Global Perspective runs until the 21st April 2024. Book tickets to a free guided tour on




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