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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 2015

11 Sep 2015
13 Sep 2015
'What We Call Love' Opening Weekend
Join us 11-13 September as we open one of our most compelling exhibitions of recent times, What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now. We'll have an opening party, free lectures and a tea dance.

12 Sep 2015
26 Sep 2015
Performance | Sarah Pierce, Gag
Intermittent scenarios will be performed throughout the exhibition space using gesture and voice. These scenarios are based on the Irish Cultural Revival during the late 19th and early 20th century.

18 Sep 2015 Culture Night at IMMA
Join us for Culture Night 2015 at IMMA on Friday, 18 September. Exhibitions will be open late and there will be a free family workshop.

02 Oct 2015
13:00 to 14:00
ARC IADT + IMMA | The Infrastructural Turn - Maeve Connolly
In conjunction with the ARC Programme at IADT 2015-16; IMMA hosts a critical session that caters for postgraduate students and the public. Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT) steers an open discussion addressing the infrastructural turn in contemporary art, media and culture.

09 Oct 2015
13:00 to 14:00
Discussion | Shot at Dawn - Chloe Dewe Mathews
Award winning British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews, Paul Bonaventura (independent producer) and Niall Bergin (Manager, Kilmainham Gaol) discuss Shot at Dawn, a project that focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918. This discussion is moderated by Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA) and marks the first day Shot at Dawn opens at IMMA.

14 Oct 2015
13:15 to 14:00
Gallery Talk | What We Call Love-From Surrealism to Now
Victoria Evans (Exhibitions, IMMA) gives an introduction on a selection of key works comprising the exhibition What We Call Love - From Surrealism to Now at IMMA.

17 Oct 2015
15:00 to 17:30
Lecture + Roundtable Discussion | El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State
On the closing weekend of El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State, Catherine Morris presents a lecture on her research into the work and ideas of the key revolutionary figure of Alice Milligan in the early years of the 20th century. Followed by a discussion addressing Lissitzky’s enthusiasm for the revolution and the relevance of his ideas for contemporary artists and society, as Ireland approaches its centenary year of 1916. Discussion participants include; Rossella Biscotti, Núria Güell, Sarah Pierce, Annie Fletcher, Sarah Glennie and discussion moderator Mick Wilson (Researcher, Valand Academy: Artistic Practice in Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature at the University of Gothenburg). A closing reception follows this event.

24 Oct 2015
13 Nov 2015
A programme of talks and events over the course of 2015-16 will address themes of Art, Memory and Place. The programme will be launched on Saturday 24 October 2015 with a keynote lecture, by Professor Ann Rigney (chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht) and includes a series of artists’ responses by Shane Cullen, Cecily Brennan and Chloe Dewe Mattews. The programme continues on the 12 and 13 November 2015 with a keynote lecture by Andreas Huyssen, (Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York) and a Research Seminar that provides a forum for post-graduate researchers and scholars to present their research as it relates to the topic art | memory | place.

24 Oct 2015
13:00 to 17:00
The Art | Memory | Place: Seminar Launch - Centenaries, What are they good for?
The Art | Memory | Place programme of talks and events will be launched with a seminar exploring the role of art and memory. This seminar includes a keynote lecture Centenaries: what are they good for? by Ann Rigney (Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University and Director of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies)and a series of artists presentations by Shane Cullen, Cecily Brennan and Chloe Dewe Mattews.Chaired by Ailbhe Murphy(Director, Create, Ireland).

07 Nov 2015
13:00 to 14:00
Artists Discussion | 3 Different Nights, Reccurring: Grace Weir
Grace Weir discusses her new exhibition Three Different, Nights Reccurring at IMMA, comprising of new and existing works that span over 20 years of Weir’s creative output as well as her current projects as residency artist in the School Of Physics, Trinity College Dublin.

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Further Information

If you are experiencing difficulties while making a booking please email a request for ticket/s to: You will receive notification of your booking by email. Or telephone: +353 1 612 9918.

For further information please contact Sophie Byrne, Assistant Curator: Education & Community Programmes, Tel: +353 1 612 9913, Email:

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