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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.

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Talks, Lectures & Events 2017

27 Apr 2018 Seminar Series: Part Two / Bearing Witness – Creative & Critical Practice on the Frontline
Exploring the continuum of war and the complexities of civil conflict; part two of this Seminar series considers the power and agency of witness, observation and reportage on the front line.Speakers include Brian Maguire (Artist); Lara Marlowe (Author, France Correspondent and Journalist, Irish Times); Elisa Perrigueur (Film maker and Activist, Paris), Ed Vulliamy (Writer, The Guardian and The Observer, UK) and Razan Ibraheem (Journalist, Syria / Ireland).

18 Apr 2018 Curators Response Michael Dempsey / The Aleppo Paintings
Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, explores the theme of war and the language of painting in response to Maguire’s visceral painting series, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings.This talk takes the form of a gallery walk through, places are limited.

In rethinking Freud & The Contemporary - the symposium takes its cue from several exhibition themes comprising the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, The Ethics of Scrutiny – in which to consider the human condition, the body, materiality, gender, the artist gaze, intimacy versus detachment, as well as the ethics of representation and shifts in meaning and identity over time. The symposium aims to identify key topics of debate that continue to resonant with the thinking and making of art today, and considers the potential Freud’s work can bring to prospective art research and audience.

06 Apr 2018 The 38th EVA International at IMMA: Talk & Introduction
Coinciding with the EVA presentation in the IMMA Project Spaces, an opening talk will be presented by EVA Curator Inti Guerrero, followed by an informal in-conversation between artist Locky Morris and EVA Director / CEO Matt Packer.

27 Mar 2018 Seminar Series - Part I / Civil War
Exploring the continuum of war and the complexities of civil conflict from past to present, shared and diverging histories will be examined by Giath Taha (Documentary Photographer, Syria); Paddy Woodworth (Author, Journalist, Irish Times); Colm Laighneach (Member of Hidden Voices, an international conflict resolution body based in Ireland). Chaired by Susan McKay ( Author and Journalist), the Seminar more broadly calls to question What Can Art do in a War?

24 Mar 2018 Talk & Opening / Frank Bowling, Mappa Mundi
Anna Schneider, Exhibitions, Haus der Kunst, Munich introduces the work of Guyanese-born British painter Frank Bowling (b. British Guiana, 1934), in the context of a major touring retrospective that opens at IMMA.

14 Mar 2018 Lecture / Sarah Victoria Turner
Returning to the London art world into which Crozier arrived in 1957, this talk will situate Croziers painting within the artistic and intellectual circles which shaped Crozier and his early work. Presented by Sarah Victoria Turner is Deputy Director for Research at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London.

10 Mar 2018 IMMA & TCD - TRIARC / LUCIAN FREUD TALK SERIES - Daphne Wright
Daphne Wright, artist and exhibition curator of The Ethics of Scrutiny joins Angela Griffith of The Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin in a conversation that explore Wrights role as curator, her response to the work of Lucian Freud and her own artistic practice.

07 Mar 2018 IMMA & TCD - TRIARC / LUCIAN FREUD TALK SERIES - Isabelle Graw
Internationally renowned art historian and professor Isabelle Graw considers what constitutes painting today and looks at current measures of value in painting, from artistic to economic, through the lens of art history and critical theory.

19 Jan 2018
04 Apr 2018
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series : Drop In
Join IMMA in house curators for an insightful walkthrough of current exhibitions in the galleries.

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