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Our Summer at IMMA programme presents a series of renowned critical thinkers, writers, artists, activists and international curators to share their contemporary views. From keynote talks, artists’ discussions and in-gallery talks, this summer we draw on the current exhibitions and the IMMA Collection, to offer deeper reflection on the themes of breath, care, gender, representation, voice, and resistance, explored against the backdrop of an ever-present colonial past. These are just some of the topical issues we will address with international and local guests. 

Lecture & Book Launch
Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage by Gilbert McCarragher
Thurs 27 June
6 – 8pm

Location: Lecture Room
Free, book here.

In 2018, photographer Gilbert McCarragher was asked to create a visual record of Prospect Cottage, the iconic Dungeness house of artist, filmmaker and gay rights activist, Derek Jarman. Situated on the austere and windswept shingle beach near the looming nuclear power station, the house and surrounding garden has become an artwork in its own right, drawing Jarman devotees and curious onlookers from around the globe. Gilbert will present an illustrated lecture describing his project, followed by a conversation with Seán Kissane, curator of the 2019 exhibition, Derek Jarman: PROTEST! The lecture will be followed by a book launch. 

The event will be accompanied by a screening:


Derek Jarman,
The Angelic Conversation, 1985
Colour, sound; 78mins
©1985 Derek Jarman / BFI / Courtesy of the BFI National Archive

Intense, dreamlike, and poetic, The Angelic Conversation is one of the most artistic of Derek Jarman’s films. With his painter’s eye, Jarman conjured, in a beautiful palette of light, colour and texture, an evocative and radical visualisation of Shakespeare’s love poems.

Of the 154 sonnets written by Shakespeare, most were written to an unnamed young man, commonly referred to as the Fair Youth. Here, Judi Dench’s emotive readings of 14 sonnets are coupled with ethereal sequences; figures on seashores, by streams and in colourful gardens. The disruption of these magical scenes with images of barren and threatening landscapes echoes perfectly the celebration and torment of love explored in the sonnets.

Shot on Super-8 before being transferred to 35mm film, the unique technical approach results in a striking aesthetic, with Coil’s languorous soundtrack completing the intoxicating effect.

Curators' Talks: Hilary Heron
Sun 30 June
2 – 3pm

Location: Meeting point Main Reception
Free – Drop In / No booking required 

IMMA Curator’s Talks Series take place during the summer months on Sundays at 2pm. Join Seán Kissane, Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA, for an in-gallery discussion, that explores a selection of works comprising the major retrospective of Hilary Heron. 

Hilary Heron: A Retrospective celebrates the pioneering work of modernist sculptor Hilary Heron (1923 – 1977). Bringing together work from national and international collections, this exhibition seeks to to correct the ways that her work has been overlooked in Irish and international histories of modern sculpture.


Take a Breath Curator Talk
Sun 7 July
2pm - 3pm

Join Mary Cremin, Head of Programming, IMMA, for an in-gallery discussion of IMMA ‘s major group exhibition that explores a selection of works by renowned contemporary artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Alex Cecchetti, Ammar Bouras, Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski, Hajra Waheed, Ana Mendieta, Isabel Nolan, among many others          

Free – Drop In / No booking required.