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Listen to Talks & Lectures

You can listen back to a selection of previous Talks by visiting our soundcloud channel. IMMA has a dynamic talks programme with regular contributions from artists, historians and curators, all discussing underlying themes from the Exhibitions and Collection programmes at IMMA.

Selected recordings are part of the IMMA Audio Archive in operation from 1991 to present.

Book Talks & Lectures

Booking is essential for all Talks and Lectures at IMMA. Tickets are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. Find below details and booking information for the current programme. Please check back regularly as new talks and events are added each month.

Talks, Lectures & Events 2014

29 Jul 2015 IMMA25 'Printential' workshop
Join IMMA25 in a fun exploration of the versatile medium of print-making. We'll be bringing you a mini-workshop for you to try your hand at some dry point and screen printing with artist Jen Bowens, who'll show you the ropes and introduce you to the potential of print! There'll be games, collaboration and plenty of puns at IMMA25's "Printential"!

30 Jul 2015
11:00 to 12:00
Gallery Discussion | El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State
Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA), Annie Fletcher (Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) and Catherine Morris (art historian and curator) lead a gallery discussion on the new exhibition of works inspired by Russian artist, designer, teacher and theorist El Lissitzky.

06 Aug 2015 Art Al Fresco
Enjoy a morning of fresh air in the beautiful Formal Garden at IMMA. Our resident Craft Gardener will give an introductory talk on the history of the Garden, followed by a walking tour led by IMMA staff focusing on the interrelationship of nature, architecture and art, exploring the Garden’s sculptures, and including some outdoor art-making.

12 Aug 2015
13:00 to 14:00
Lunchtime Lecture |Derval Tubridy
The Unthought and the Harrowing: Samuel Becketts Necessary Art. This lecture explores the intersections between Becketts writing and the visual arts.

11 Sep 2015
17:30 to 18:30
Preview Lecture | What We Call Love - Christine Macel
Christine Macel (Chief Curator at Centre Pompidou) explores how love is represented in art since the beginning of the twentieth century and is indicative of an evolution of the very concept of love over a period of 100years, taking you on a journey from Surrealism to now

13 Sep 2015
14:00 to 15:00
Lecture | The Neurobiology of Love - Semir Zeki
Semir Zeki (Professor of Neuroesthetics at the University College London) discusses his pioneering research on the organisation of the visual brain and his experimental enquiries into how a visual stimulus triggers an affective, emotional state, similar to our experience of beauty, desire and love.

17 Oct 2015
15:00 to 17:30
Lecture + Roundtable Discussion El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State
On the closing weekend of El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State, Catherine Morris presents a lecture on her research into the work and ideas of the key revolutionary figure of Alice Milligan in the early years of the 20th century. Followed by a discussion addressing Lissitzky’s enthusiasm for the revolution and the relevance of his ideas for contemporary artists and society, as Ireland approaches its centenary year of 1916. Discussion participants include; Rossella Biscotti, Núria Güell, Sarah Pierce, Annie Fletcher, Sarah Glennie and discussion moderator Mick Wilson (Researcher, Valand Academy: Artistic Practice in Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature at the University of Gothenburg). A closing reception follows this event.

13 Nov 2015
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ART | MEMORY | PLACE - Research Seminar
Focusing on developments in contemporary art, this seminar aims to provide a forum for emerging post-graduate researchers and scholars to present their research as it relates to the topic Art | Memory | Place. Researchers from all related disciplines are invited to apply. however the emphasis is on visual culture and modern and contemporary art.

Further Information

If you are experiencing difficulties while making a booking please email a request for ticket/s to: You will receive notification of your booking by email. Or telephone: +353 1 612 9918.

For further information please contact Sophie Byrne, Assistant Curator: Education & Community Programmes, Tel: +353 1 612 9913, Email:

Photograph: Mirjam Keune, IMMA Artists’ Panel.


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