Support the Arts – Interview with Annie Fletcher, IMMA

The Dean loves art.


Being an art hotel is at the forefront of everything they do. Ever since The Dean opened their doors in 2014, we have strived to create and maintain an inspiring environment for all guests to enjoy. Being based so close to Dublin’s Creative Quarter constantly inspires creativity for their guests and featured artists. The Dean’s walls are lined with cutting edge original works from over 40 Irish artists. Curated by James Earley, their collection features works from the likes of Me&Him&You, Eoin Holland, Mark Francis, Richard Gorman, Patrick Scott and Samuel Walsh, to name just a few.

The Dean and The Devlin are the ongoing hospitality partners of IMMA, a collaboration that fosters an artistic environment for artists and art-lovers alike.

We caught up with Annie Fletcher, director of IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) to talk all things lockdown, local art on our doorstep and how you can visit the Bharti Kher exhibition during your stay.

Firstly, how are you and your team?
We are doing really well thanks, like everybody closing the doors and leaving the building was very hard, but we immediately rallied and realised that once everyone was safe that there was plenty we could do while working remotely. It has given us a chance to rethink what all of our talented staff could do and they came up with all kinds of ideas for programming but also writing and editing our website for example – everybody rowed in, it was amazing. Now as we re-open in stages over the summer it’s really wonderful to see many of the public facing staff back in the building and of course the most awesome of all is to open up the gates to the grounds of IMMA; the Royal Hospital Kilmainham – the meadows and the formal gardens and just the sheer scale of the site and its incredible history and architecture are such a gift to Dublin and are meant to be experienced so it’s just lovely to see visitors enthusiastically visiting the grounds again.