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In the context of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, The Ethics of Scrutiny, Curated by Daphne Wright, this lecture survey’s Wright’s artistic practice to date, introducing key tenets that have preoccupied the artist since her burgeoning career in the 1990s. Exploring some of Wright’s most distinctive and emotive bodies of work in dealing with the essence and meaning of being human, Kate Brindley, Director of Collection & Exhibitions at Chatsworth House UK, reflects on Wright’s multimedia response to the work of Lucian Freud, and considers what this might bring to new readings of Freud’s work in the present.


About the Speaker

Kate Brindley is Director of Collections & Exhibitions, Chatsworth & Lismore Castle Arts. In January 2017 Kate become the first Director of Collections & Exhibitions for the Devonshire Group, a new role to lead the artistic content at Chatsworth and Lismore Castle Arts In Co.Waterford and development of the significant collections across the organisation.

Kate has over 25 years’ experience in the visual arts and museums sector including being Head of Arts and Museums for Wolverhampton where she led the RIBA award winning capital development of Wolverhampton Art Gallery. From 2005-2009 Kate was Director of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and lead for the South West Renaissance museums programme. Her achievements included developing M Shed, a £26million new museum, and the record-breaking Banksy V Bristol Museum exhibition 2009. Kate was Director of mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) until March 2014 where she led the international visual arts programme and a governance change to University control. She was CEO of the Arnolfini in Bristol for 3 years leading their successful finalist award for Museum of the Year in 2016. For 8 years she was one of only four national advisors for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Art Funding Programme, including being the key advisor for the influential ‘Our Museums’ initiative focussed on active participation in museums until 2016.

About the Artist

Daphne Wright  b.1963

Irish artist Daphne Wright (born 1963) studied at the National College of Art and Design and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. Working in sculpture, film, print and installation, Wright considers ideas of language and communication, faith, ageing and death within her diverse artistic practice. Wright has exhibited in Ireland and Europe since the 1990s. Her work is represented in major public collections including the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the Arts Council of England. Wright is an elected member of Aosdána. — View Artist »

About the Exhibition

The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by artist Daphne Wright, is the second exhibition to be presented as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project – a five-year loan of 52 works by renowned artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011); one of the greatest painters of the 20th-century. This exhibition takes aspects of Freud’s intimate studio practice as a starting point to explore themes of vulnerability, longing and loss that permeate the painter’s work, while also looking to the works of other artists who address on a wider scale the complexities of representation.

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.