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As part of IMMA Nights, join us for an evening celebration with IMMA Collection artists who take up the challenge to present, in tight sequence short five minute talks, on selected artworks recently acquired for your National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. Introduced by Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA participating artists include: Aideen Barry; Rachel Fallon; Willie Doherty; Clodagh Emoe; Alice Maher; Deirdre O’Mahony; Eithne Jordan; Sibyl Montague; Atoosa Pour Hosseini; Anne Tallentire and Daphne Wright.

In a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world, the work of contemporary artists initiates valuable debate about the world and the issues that affect our lives now and in the future. This talk-marathon invites IMMA Collection artists to join the conversation and share insight into the topics, methods, and research interests that most drives them. Over the course this revolving 90 minute exchange, we will gain fresh perspective on the vibrancy of contemporary artists working today, and the varied and changing cultural landscape that gives rise to a diverse set of visual art practices represented in the IMMA Collection.

This celebratory Artist Talk-Marathon is followed by a reception and free music in the courtyard by DJ Nigel Wood.

About IMMA Recent Acquisition Fund


The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has announced the acquisition of over 100 works of contemporary art to Ireland’s National Collection. The new works include painting, sculpture, photography, installation, works on paper, digital media works and textiles, by both Irish and international artists. See more details on the IMMA Recent Acquisition Fund 2023 here

About Artists

Aideen Barry is a visual artist based in Ireland but with an international profile. Her work encompasses a vast range of disciplines and subjects, including domestic labour, environmental changes, classism, intersectionality and human vulnerability. Her means of expression are interchangeable, incorporating performance, sculpture, film, text and experimental lens based media. She is a member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Her work is in prestigious private ownership and public museum collections globally.

Rachel Fallon is a visual artist who deals with themes of protection and defence in domestic realms and addresses the topic of motherhood and womens’ relationships to society. Her work encompasses sculpture, drawing, photography and performance and is firmly rooted in processes of making.

Willie Doherty was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Basing much of his work around Derry he uses photography, video and sound installations to explore the fallibility of human memory and recollection. Doherty studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast, and began exhibiting internationally in the early 1980s.

Clodagh Emoe perception approaches her art practice as a form of enquiry. Her practice is expansive and collaborative; working with practitioners and researchers in areas of philosophy, architecture, botany and ecology to explore our intrinsic interconnection with the natural world. Her work is often site-specific and interventional, drawing on ritual to initiate space for tacit knowledge and affective thought.

Alice Maher is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists, Maher works within the realms of nature and culture, subversion and transformation, mythology and memory. Her work involves many different media including painting, drawing, sculpture, print, photography and installation.

Deirdre O’Mahony is a visual artist whose practice is informed by a deep interest in rural sustainability, farming, food security and rural/urban relationships. For more than two decades she has investigated the political ecology of rural places through public engagement, archival and moving image installation, critical writing and cultural production.

Eithne Jordan, is an Irish artist who attended Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. Since her emotionally charged expressionistic paintings of the early 1980s, Jordan’s work has turned towards a formal exploration of the seen world. She looks at the urban environment and is drawn to anonymous spaces, factory roofs, subway tunnels and blank walls. Jordan was elected as a member of Aosdána in 1990. She has exhibited widely in Europe. She took part in the Artists’ Residency Programme at IMMA in 2009.

Sibyl Montague‘s practice includes sculpture, video and installation. A graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, Montague was artist in residence at Visual Contemporary, Carlow (2020) and recipient of the IMMA 1000 residency award at IMMA, Dublin (2019). Recent solo presentations include SELF SOOTHERS, Visual Contemporary, Carlow (2020); Practice curated by Alice Butler, New Spaces, Derry (2018); Saplings, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2018); My Fears of Tomorrow are Melting Away, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2018).

Atoosa Pour  Hosseini  (b. Tehran, Iran 1981) is an artist-filmmaker based in Dublin, Ireland. Her works are influenced by historical avant-garde cinema and explore questions about illusion, reality, and perception through the media of film, installation and performance.   She holds an MA in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin as well as BA in Fine Art Painting at Azad University of Art and Architecture, Tehran. She is a Co-Director of the Experimental Film Society which is an Irish company dedicated to the production and screening of experimental cinema. She has received awards for her practice from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, and Dublin City Council and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Anne Tallentire  is an artist, born in Northern Ireland who lives and works in London. In 1999 she represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and in 2010 IMMA staged a major survey exhibition of her work entitled ‘This and other Things 1999 – 2010’.Anne co-organises Hmn a quarterly sound test bed centre with writer and curator Chris Fite Wassilak. Often documenting the actions of both herself and others, Tallentire’s work is concerned with interrogating the apparatus of mapping and naming, and the relationship between the specific and the general, social control and urban occupations. She is a member of Aosdána, Emeritus Professor in Fine Art, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she taught for over two decades and is represented by gallery Hollybush Gardens, London.

Daphne Wright

Daphne Wright (born 1963) studied at Sligo RTC College, the National College of Art and Design and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. Wright makes multi-narrative sculptural installations using a variety of techniques and media, including fragile materials such as plaster, tinfoil, unfired clay, sound and video. She is curious about how a range of languages and materials can be used to probe often unspoken human preoccupations. Concerned with boundaries and the transitory areas of life, she explores the cusp of childhood and adulthood, as well as the spaces and borderlines between life and death. Wright has exhibited in Ireland and Europe since the 1990s. Her work is represented in major public collections including the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and Towner Art Gallery, Sussex.Uk