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The idea of the artist’s studio is a source of enduring fascination for artists, curators, researchers and audiences, as the very locus from which art is made. At the same time, the studio is the subject of increasing market-led pressure, amounting to what many would consider a studio crisis, nationally and internationally. The recent circumstances of Covid 19 have yielded questions about the sustainability of the infrastructures in place to support artistic production cycles, research time, and a thriving art community. We ask what are the uses of the studio? What are the limits of the studio? And what might its possibilities be in the current climate.

In this online talk, join Dr Nathan O’Donnell who discusses a variety of artists’ studios, from the famous painter’s studio of Lucian Freud to the experimental studio approaches of contemporary artists. Key critical insights from the emergent field of ‘studio studies’ will be discussed, such as the critical contexts and conditions of the post-studio, and the cross disciplinary field of art practices that challenge the very notion of the studio, in the traditional sense.

This talk is part of an ongoing series exploring the subject of ‘The Studio’ as it relates to the wider programming at IMMA


About Speaker

Dr Nathan O’Donnell is a writer and researcher with a scholarly background in twentieth-century British art and magazine publishing. He is one of the co-editors of Paper Visual Art Journal, and he publishes on contemporary art here and elsewhere, including The Dublin Review, Gorse, Apollo: The International Art Magazine, The Irish Times and Architecture Ireland. He has been the recipient of a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council Ireland, as well as artist commissions from IMMA and South Dublin County Council. His first book, on Wyndham Lewis’s cultural criticism, was published earlier this year by Liverpool University Press. He was an IRC Enterprise Postdoctoral Research Fellow at IMMA from 2018-19, and has continued to work with IMMA since. He teaches part time on the MA/MFA Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD and has lectured on contemporary art at Trinity College Dublin and elsewhere. He has been appointed Writer in Residence at Maynooth University, 2020-21.


Online Details

This online talk will be conducted in the format of a live stream webinar hosted on the IMMA zoom platform. Register your place with zoom to receive webinar details and information on attending. Click the ‘Register Here’ button on the top of this web page to complete registration and receive details.


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