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Engagement and Learning > Talks, Lectures & Events

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 2018

01 Aug 2018
09 Nov 2018
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series : Drop In
Join IMMA in house curators for an insightful walkthrough of current exhibitions in the galleries.


03 Nov 2018
13:00 to 14:00
Curators Lecture / Sean Kissane - Mary Swanzy, Voyages
Sean Kissane, Curator, Exhibition discusses the major restrospective Mary Swanzy, Voyages, at IMMA. This is the first retrospective exhibition on the work of iconic artist Mary Swanzy since1968 offers a major review of Swanzys work.


14 Nov 2018
18:30 to 19:30
Critical Response & Lecture / Vali Mahlouji
Examining the relationship between revolutions and repression of art and artists, London-based curator Vali Mahlouji traces the socio-political situations that led to the Iranian Revolution and Islamic Revolution that saw artists of Farmanfarmaian’s generation seek political exile elsewhere. As a vital context to access Farmanfarmaian’s legacy and artistic meaning in Iran today - Mahlouji explores issues of exile/return and displacement across interconnected global realities and intercultural dialogues.


05 Dec 2018
18:30 to 19:30
Lecture / Louise Wallace - Modernism, Gender, Space in Swanzys Paintings
Artist Louise Wallace (Associate Lecturer in Fine & Applied Art: Painting Belfast School of Art) discusses themes of gender, interior space, domesticity and womens labour that characterise some of the most definitive works comprising of the IMMA exhibition Mary Swanzy, Voyages.


07 Dec 2018
13:00 to 14:00
Gallery Talk / Liz Cullinane: Swanzys Life and Work
Artist and researcher Liz Cullinane draws on her biographical investigations into Swanzys life long career and shares some of the most fascinating discoveries to emerge out of the artists own records, archives, and accounts from those closest to her.


19 Jan 2019
14:00 to 15:00
Lecture & Response / Selena Daly - Swanzys Avant-Garde Aesthetic: Irelands first Futurist
Selena Daly, Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London, discusses the shaping of Swanzys aesthetic and the influence of the Italian avant-garde on her work. Reflecting on Swanzys first-hand encounters with Futurism in Italy prior to the First World War, Daly traces Futurist connections in Swanzy’s work, and examines the movements reception in Ireland, at a time when Irish society was experiencing huge social and political upheaval.


23 Jan 2019
18:30 to 19:30
Lecture / Colin Graham: Tillmans - Borders, Identities and Brexit
Taking a lead from the resistance and activism in Wolfgang Tillman’s work on the Brexit referendum, Colin Graham considers the populist politics which seeks to re-shape our understandings of identity, freedom and citizenship


27 Jan 2019
14:00 to 15:00
Artist Response: Materiality and Photography – Wolfgang Tillmans
Discussing a selection of works on show at IMMA, artist / photographer David Farrell presents an artists response on the materiality and conceptual strategies that have come to characterise the expanded field of photography practice in relation to Tillmans’ work.


06 Feb 2019
18:30 to 19:30
Writers Response & Readings with Olivia Laing / Wolfgang Tillmans
Can art resist fascism? In the face of political adversity and the complexities of the digital age, award-winning writer and critic Olivia Laing responds to ideas of creativity, life, intimacy and estrangement, as it relates to Tillmans’ exhibition Rebuilding the Future at IMMA. The evening includes a specially commissioned piece responding to recent photographs by Tillmans, as well as short readings.




Further Information

Frequently Asked Questions
IMMA Talks + Events Frequently Asked Questions

You will receive notification of your booking by email. If you are experiencing difficulties while making a booking, please check our FAQ page for help.

If your query is not addressed on the FAQ page, please contact bookingqueries@imma.ie. Emails to this address are checked between 9.30am and 11am Tuesday - Saturday.

Photograph: Mirjam Keune, IMMA Artists’ Panel.

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For further details about the programme email sophie.byrne@imma.ie, Assistant Curator, Talks and Public Programmes, IMMA.


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