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Listen to Talks & Lectures

Listen here to previous Talks and Lectures by artists, historians, curators and others, who discuss a range of themes and artworks in connection to the Exhibitions and Collection programme 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 Talks and Lectures programme at IMMA.

Talks, Lectures & Events 2014

03 Dec 2014
08 Mar 2015
Irelands National Collections | Talks Series
Trove exhibition partners invite you to explore the treasures of their collections with their in house specialist team of curators and conservators through a series of talks taking place across the partner institutions ; NGI, NMI, NMI - Mayo and Crawford Gallery

12 Dec 2014
13:15 to 14:00
Lunchtime Gallery Talk | Trove
Johanne Mullan (National Programmer, IMMA) introduces the exhibition Trove at IMMA and the various narratives that tie this interdisciplinary presentation of contemporary artworks and objects together.

16 Dec 2014
13:00 to 14:00
Festive Lunchtime Lecture | Fintan O'Toole
Fintan O’Toole (Journalist, Literary Editor, Irish Times) explores how artworks and objects reveal the paradoxes and complexities of collective identity and provoke important questions of our past.To conclude the IMMA 2014 Talks programme, mince pies and coffee accompany this talk.

17 Jan 2015
14:00 to 15:00
Master Class/ Talk | Performance Art in Ireland: A History
Aine Phillips (writer, curator and multi-media performance artist) presents a talk on her research findings accumulated for the forthcoming publication Performance Art in Ireland: A History.

17 Jan 2015
12:00 to 13:00
What Is...? Talk Series | Amanda Coogan
Amanda Coogan (artist) presents What is Performance Art? and considers the role of the archive in relations to Irish performance art during the 70s and 80s. This talk is programmed in conjunction with the presentation - Mobile Encounters - Documenting the Early Years of Performance Art in Ireland in the IMMA Project Spaces.

22 Jan 2015
18:00 to 19:00
IADT ARC + IMMA - Lecture by Sinead Hogan
Dr Sinead Hogan (Lecturer, IADT) addresses how critique is intimately related to decision making and quality of judgement. This lecture will focus on how critique can be approached through the fetishised object.

28 Jan 2015
18:30 to 19:30
Roundtable Discussion | Collecting for the Public
This discussion addresses the key factors that determine the objects we choose to collect for our nationanl collections. Speakers include Catriona Crowe (Senior Archivist, Special Projects National Archives of Ireland). Panelists include: Christina Kennedy (IMMA), Nigel Monaghan (National History Museum) Peter Murray (Crawford Gallery, Cork), Ann Hodge (National Gallery, Dublin) and Nessa O’Connor (National Museum Ireland).

31 Jan 2015
14:00 to 15:00
Artist Conversation | Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell (Turner Prize Winner, 2014) discusses his current exhibition at IMMA with Dr Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT).

04 Feb 2015
18:30 to 19:30
Lecture | David McConnell
David McConnell (Fellow Emeritus Smurfit Institute of Genetics, TCD) discusses primal events of the known universe and questions whether they can tell us anything about art and the creative impulses of artists.

06 Feb 2015
13:15 to 14:00
Lunchtime Talk | Archiving Performance: Collecting, Presenting and Mediating
Jennifer Fitzgibbon (art historian and NIVAL Administrator) examines issues with forming an archive of performance and how impermanent practices are documented, stored and presented for future use, with particular reference to the collections of the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL).

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