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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

08 Dec 2015 Keynote Lecture | Antony Gormley
Artist Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. To mark and celebrate Gormleys major contribution to the practice and discourse of contemporary sculpture since the 1970s, the artist will present a lecture that considers his current practice in the light of his seminal work at IMMA shortly after the museum opened in 1991. This talk will be followed by a drinks reception and is in association with AICA Ireland.

02 Dec 2015 Lecture-Performance | A past still to come
Grace Weir (artist), Dr Shane Bergin (physicist, TCD) and Dr Sean Enda Power, (philosopher, UCC) explore concepts of time and recurrence, the paradoxical nature of light and the making of a photograph in a lecture-performance, held in the lecture theatre where Erwin Schrödinger in 1943 gave a public series of lectures called What is Life?. This talk is in association with the School of Physics, TCD.

25 Nov 2015 Gallery Talk: Sarah Glennie
Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA) leads a curators walk-through of the exhibition Shot at Dawn by the British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews.

18 Nov 2015 Lecture | What We Call Love - Maureen Gaffney
In conjunction with the IMMA exhibition What We Call Love, Dr Maureen Gaffney, a clinical psychologist, broadcaster and the author of Flourishing draws on her research into the science of emotional intelligence, human functioning and strategies for building fulfilling lives, to offer insights into how we can all benefit from a longer look at love and its various guises in contemporary society.

13 Nov 2015 Art | Memory| Place : Research Seminar
Focusing on developments in contemporary art, this research seminar presents work by a range of emerging postgraduate research as it relates to the themes of art, memory and place.

12 Nov 2015 Art | Memory| Place: Keynote Lecture by Andreas Huyssen
Andreas Huyssen Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York will discuss transnational art practices involving the history of European modernism and contemporary artists who deal with difficult pasts, focusing on the work of Doris Salcedo, William Kentridge and Nalini Malani.

07 Nov 2015 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.

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 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).

17 Oct 2015 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.

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