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Wednesday 18 October 2017, 7.00pm – 8.00pm / Robert Emmett Lecture Hall, Trinity College Dublin.

To launch the TCD - TRIARC & IMMA: Lucian Freud Lecture Series (2017 – 2018), distinguished art critic Martin Gayford presents a keynote lecture on his experiences of sitting for Lucian Freud as a point of reflection to discuss the methods and psychological processes of this seminal artist. 

Gayford’ talk draws on his acclaimed publication Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, 2012 which takes the reader into that most private and intriguing place, the artist’s studio. Gayford explores the history of a portrait, seen from the sitter’s point of view. From this emerges an understanding of what a portrait is – a work of art that grows out of the meeting of two individuals, artist and subject.

A drinks reception follows in the Atrium, TCD.


Martin Gayford is an art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. He previously collaborated with David Hockney RA on A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney. Other works include a volume of travels and conversations co-written with Philippe de Montebello, Rendezvous with Art, and Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, all published by Thames & Hudson. Art critic for the Spectator/ written prolifically about art and jazz, contributes to Daily Telegraph art magazines and exhibition catalogues.

IMMA/ TCD Talk Series / 18 October 2017 - April 2018   

Marking the first year anniversary of the significant loan of 50 works by Lucian Freud (1922-2011),  IMMA, in collaboration with the The Irish Art Research Centre,Trinity College, Dublin (TRIARC) invites leading artists, critics and cultural researchers to offer new perspectives on Freuds work and its critical reception today.

Keynote events rotate on a monthly basis between venues at IMMA and TCD, concluding with a major symposium in April 2018. Each session introduces a distinct topic on this seminal artist’s work.The schedule of speakers include: 18.10.2017 at TCD : Martin Gayford (Art Critic/Author UK) /  01.11.2017 at IMMA:Yvonne Scott (TRIARC TCD) / 06.12.2017 at TCD: Christina Kennedy (IMMA) / 24.01.2018 at IMMA : Noreen Giffney (Ulster University) / 07.02.2018 at TCD: Nathan O’ Donnell (Paper Visual Art-PVA) / 07.03.2018 at IMMA: Isabelle Graw (Städelschule, Frankfurt) / 10.03.2018 at TCD:  Daphne Wright (Artist), Angela Griffith (TRIARC) TCD), Christina Kennedy (IMMA) and others. Booking is essential per talk / booking lines open on a month to month basis.                              


IMMA has secured a significant five-year loan of 50 works by one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud (1922-2011). Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality.

The Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, (TRIARC) 

TRIARC was established in 2003 in response to the growing interest in Irish art at home and abroad. Since then, the centre provides postgraduate teaching and supervision and it supports new research and publications. The establishment of the centre was facilitated by the generous support of benefactors, enabling the appointment of dedicated staff, and the restoration of the Provost's House Stables to provide facilities for education and research, including a visual archive and dedicated library on all aspects of Irish art, architecture and design.

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