IMMA Symposium 2003
To Have and to Hold
3 - 4 October 2003

The Irish Association of Art Historians (IAAH) with The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) hosted a symposium on collecting which took place at IMMA on Friday 3 (evening) and Saturday 4 of October 2003.

On Friday evening, Jan Debbaut, Director, Tate Collection was invited to present the keynote address followed, on Saturday, by a series of talks and panel discussions on aspects of public, private and corporate collecting.

The morning session addressed the national and local authority positions on art collecting. In the afternoon other aspects of collecting in Ireland were explored. These included short discussion papers on corporate collecting, public art, architectural provision for housing collections, education and mediation of art collections and the artist's and critic's responses to this aspect of visual culture. The symposium concluded with a visit to The Art Collection at The Merrion Hotel.

To Have and to Hold was the first symposium hosted by IMMA and formed the basis for the further development of IMMA's symposia series. Speakers are listed in terms of the professional context of 2003 and were invited to respond to the following topics of discussion.

Friday 3 October 2003 North Range IMMA

Jan Debbaut, Director, Tate Collection, UK.

Saturday 4 October 2003 North Range IMMA


Ruth Ferguson, Curator, Newman House and Chair of IAAH and Catherine Marshall, Senior Curator and Head of Collections, IMMA.

An introduction to Collecting in Ireland; Niamh Ann Kelly, Critic and Lecturer

Publicly-Funded Collections in Ireland:
Chair: Dr. Bruce Arnold, Chief Critic,
The Irish Independent.
Pat Murphy
, Art Advisor to The Office of
Public Works.
Oliver Dowling
, Visual Arts Specialist, The Arts Council.
Catherine Marshall, Senior Curator and
Head of Collections, IMMA.
Barbara Dawson, Director, Dublin City Gallery,
The Hugh Lane.
Terre Duffy, Arts Officer with Leitrim County Council
Dr. Sighle Breathnach-Lynch Representative from
the National Gallery of Ireland.
Crisis in Collecting; Pat Cooke,
Curator, Kilmainham Gaol and Chairman of The Irish Museums Association.


The Wider View: Issues around Public and Private Collections
Chair: Mick Wilson, Artist, Lecturer and Critic.
Mary McDonagh
, Co-ordinator Sligo Public Art Programme, Sligo Co. Council.
Dr. Frances Ruane. Art Historian, lecturer and
Art Advisor to the AIB Collection.
Helen O'Donoghue, Senior Curator: Head of Education and Community Programmes, IMMA.
Valerie Mulvin, Architect, McCullough Mulvin Architects.
Gemma Tipton, Writer and Critic.

IMMA Symposium Archive (03) is currently under development and more information will follow shortly. Updated biographies of speakers coming soon.