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Talks & Events Information

Once you have made a booking, you will receive a notification by email with information about your event. If you have general queries about attending Talks at IMMA please see our Frequently Asked Questions page below.

IMMA Talks is a dynamic series of public talks, lectures and symposia that opens up conversations around our programme, bringing you deeper into the thinking and making of contemporary art.

In conjunction with the live programme, IMMA Talks holds recordings of past public talks, in operation since IMMA’s inception in 1991. Over the years this has accumulated into a rich resource dedicated to contemporary art discourse and practice in Ireland. The archive features the voices of many artists, curators and educators who discuss the ever-evolving contexts in which art is made.

The IMMA Audio Archive is testament to the museum’s formative years, its programming history, and sheds light on many artworks comprising the IMMA Permanent Collection. Many past talks are published on the IMMA Soundcloud Channel, where you can listen back to individual talks and themed playlists. While we work to transfer all of the Audio Archive, we are delighted to share a selection of recordings now available to listen back to for the first time on the IMMA Soundcloud channel.

Selected Playlists

A range of playlists comprising of a themed set of tracks are available below for you to enjoy.

Self-Determination, A Global Perspective

Self-Determination: A Global Perspective is the culmination of a three-year research project focusing on the new nation-states that emerged in the wake of the First World War, exploring the role of art and artists in relation to the expression of national identities, nation-building, and statecraft. The juxtaposition of historical and contemporary perspectives is a key element of this project. IMMA TALKS are made available in association with the exhibition. The playlist features the voices of several artists, curators and scholars who critically reflect on the outcomes of the self-determination movements.


100 Years of Self Determination:
International Research Conference, 2022

This international research conference is to mark a century since the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 and the beginning of the island’s partition. The theme of this conference is self-determination and it will focus on the role of art and artists in shaping both of the island’s jurisdictions in the international context and aftermath of the First World War.The conference seeks to examine the artistic responses to these events over time and across a range of territories, to generate new thinking and understanding about the cultural manifestations in response to these events, and to consider their significance in a contemporary context.

IMMA OUTDOORS 2021/22/23

This playlist offers a selection of material that reflects on the resonance of the IMMA / RHK site and history, ecology and engagement with diverse set of communities The emphasis for the programme lies in ideas of civic agency, self-determination, global interconnections, environmental concerns and what it means to be radically public by creating an inclusive meaningful space for all ages to relax, contemplate and enjoy.

IMMA Summer School 2023
Art & Politics #5 Assembly

IMMA International Summer School is a programme of online engagements over two weeks in June 2023. This programme of seminars, discussions and workshops is free and features a range of national and international artists, theorists and educators who will focus on the theme of ‘assembly’.

DXG | The Department of Xenogenesis
Convened by The Otolith Group, 2023

The Department of Xenogenesis (DXG) is a time space enacted by The Otolith Group for convening public online and offline discussions, performance, screenings and exhibitions with artists, filmmakers, theorists and musicians. The DXG takes place in the context of the exhibition The Otolith Group, Xenogenesis and builds upon the exhibition.
Conceived as part of the Department of Xenogenesis (DXG); The Otolith Group present a day of rich discussion and reflections with invited international artists, writers, and thinkers. Audiences and guests are invited to come together to think about complicated notions of time, both metaphysical and planetary, and the temporal impact on the racial, politics, capitalism and technology.

IMMA PAST FUTURES - Podcast Series, 2022

IMMA PAST FUTURES is a new heritage podcasts series supported by the Heritage Council Heritage Stewardship Fund 2022. Each podcast explores the site’s shared histories and heritage, from gate to gate walk of the site, to featuring unique perspectives from invited guests. Co-hosted by Barry Kehoe and Stephen Taylor, of the IMMA Visitor Engagement Team.

The Narrow Gate of the Here and Now: Talks Series

IMMA Talks provides in depth introductions to each chapter of the museum-wide exhibition, The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now (2021 – 2022). This growing playlist explores key themes that frame a selection of IMMA Collection artworks from the last three decades, celebrating IMMA’s 30th Birthday.