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IMMA Collection: Lucian Freud / Reading Group

Saturdays: 21 October / 25 November / 9 December 2017                          11.30am - 1.30pm, Meeting Point – IMMA Main Reception

In conjunction with the TCD - TRIARC & IMMA: Lucian Freud Lecture Series (2017 – 2018), a monthly reading group will be held at IMMA and its onsite Freud Centre over the coming months. Led by writer and researcher Nathan O'Donnell, these monthly sessions take their cues from the talks series, with a selection of readings that pursue tangents and illuminate aspects of Freud's life and work.

These sessions are open to all. No specialist knowledge is required; participants must simply be willing to get engaged in conversation.

Due to weather conditions the first reading group session commences on Saturday 25 November 2017.

Booking Requirements
Participants must sign up to the dates above, and must be willing to undertake the assigned readings in advance of each session. Selected readings - articles, reviews, and book extracts - will be distributed two weeks in advance of each session. Places are limited, so early booking is  essential.You will receive an email for further confirmation. Please note group bookings are not accepted.

This reading group will have access to the Freud Centre alongside the current exhibition of more than 50 of Freud's works, and is informed by the museum's research programme, offering an informal and conversational way to shed new light on the meaning and significance of Freud's work in the present.


Nathan O’Donnell is a writer of fiction and criticism, and co-editor of the journal of contemporary art criticism Paper Visual Art. He has published in The Dublin Review; New Irish Writing; The Manchester Review; gorse journal; The Irish Times; Apollo; this is tomorrow; and Architecture Ireland among others. He is editing the reissue of the radical avant-garde magazine, Blast, for Oxford University Press, and he has written and presented widely on magazine histories. He teaches as part of the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme at NCAD.

IMMA & TCD Talk Series / 18 October 2017 - April 2018  
Celebrating 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. Speakers include; Martin Gayford (Art Critic/Author UK),  Yvonne Scott (TRIARC TCD), Angela Griffith (TRIARC TCD), Isabelle Graw (Städelschule, Frankfurt), Noreen Giffney (Ulster University) Christina Kennedy (IMMA), Nathan O’ Donnell (Paper Visual Art-PVA), Daphne Wright (Artist) and others.

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