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OPEN CALL | IMMA Residency: Freud Project

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Images: Lucian Freud by Cecil Beaton. Copyright The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's. 
Studio 6a, image by Elise Rasmussen, IMMA residency alumni, 2015

IMMA is accepting applications from Friday 10th March 2017 at 14:00 hrs GMT/Irish time to Wednesday 5th April 2017 at 14:00 hrs GMT/Irish time

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IMMA is seeking proposals from cultural practitioners to work in response to the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, 2016 – 2021. Launched in October 2016 the project features 30 of the artist’s finest paintings, and 20 works on paper. Supporting process based research IMMA invites interested candidates to propose contexts and research in their own practice which would explore, contest, expand, complement or radicalise the resonance and impact of the work on show in the Freud Centre and open to new possibilities with selected practices.

Over five years IMMA is presenting a series of Lucian Freud related exhibitions, with revolving and evolving manifestations yearly. All 50 works are currently on display without intervention for this first year and this is the inaugural call for proposals.

With this extraordinary resource IMMA is programming special exhibitions, education partnerships, symposia and research to maximize resources for schools, third level students, artists and audiences all over Ireland and beyond. Through this opportunity IMMA supports the development of studio practice, artistic production and encourages means and methods developed with the institution to work with various museum publics.


  • Use a large studio at IMMA for a maximum duration of nine months
  • Separate accommodation at IMMA is available for a maximum duration of nine months
  • A bursary award of €4,000
  • Essential travel costs will be covered, schedule and budget to be approved by IMMA
  • Activation budget to the value of €2,000


  • Immersion in activity related to the IMMA Collection Freud Project to bind the research process
  • Facilitate an introductory information session with museum staff
  • Deliver overviews of work in progress for IMMA and its audiences through selected public platforms such as digital, talks & events, open studios etc.
  • Work with the residency curator as an access point to various museum staff, departments and resources
  • A significant use of IMMA’s residential resources is anticipated however the 9 month duration does not require a constant presence onsite, a suitable schedule can be negotiated with IMMA to suit other professional and personal commitments.


  • IMMA welcomes applications from national and international practices
  • Applicants should have familiarity with Freud and the art historical context of his work
  • Applications from individuals and collectives (max. 4 people) will be considered, collectives should nominate one person from the group to submit an application upon their behalf
  • Selection as part of a group does not equate to individual selection
  • Applicants currently in full-time education will not be considered
  • All ages welcome
  • Successful applicants must be present on the residency for a minimum of 90 days within the specified programming period


  • Open Call commences on Friday 10th March 2017
  • Application deadline closes on Wednesday 5th April 2017
  • Selection is complete by end of April 2017
  • Contract agreed and drafted at the beginning of May 2017 from which point research and supports are accessible


  • The successful applicant should be fluent in English
  • It is a condition for the award that the successful applicant must carry all necessary insurances. Evidence will be required of these insurances before the commencement of the residency –
  • IMMA requests that support is credited in works, publications and projects emerging during the residency, whether this is done through credit in text format or logo
  • Be responsible for all matters concerning visas and valid travel documents, IMMA can provide supporting letters to assist with applications
  • Clear communication about travel schedules
  • Advance notice and open dialogues about specific requirements or requests
  • Facilitate IMMA with documentation requests, interviews, members events where necessary / appropriate


  • Free Tuesdays – Entry to The Freud Centre is free
  • Exhibition Information, guides, talks and educational resources can be found at
  • Image and information on each work in the IMMA Collection: Freud Project | Download Here
  • IMMA’s Website and Residency Profile
  • For general queries regarding the application process please refer to ‘Making an application’ and ‘FAQ’s’


IMMA Residency: Freud Project - Open Call for Applications | DOWNLOAD HERE (PDF)

Information on each work in the IMMA Collection: Freud Project | DOWNLOAD HERE (PDF)

IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021 Exhibition Page |

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