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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.

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.

IMMA Outdoors - Talk Series

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, 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 Collection Artists: Talks & Responses

IMMA Talks digs deep into its audio archive to present over a hundred recordings of past public talks and discussions that feature contributions by IMMA Collection Artists and others. Hear more about the ideas and processes that inform the making of contemporary artworks, offering you past and more recent perspectives. See the full playlist here

IMMA Archive:
1990s, From the Edge to the Centre

IMMA Archive: 1990s, From the Edge to the Centre celebrates an ambitious IMMA Collection and Archive Digitisation Project and is a statement of intent of the long-term development of the Collection and Programming Archives as a resource for research, presentation and learning, which will be fully realised in IMMA’s future Collection & Learning Centre. To mark the occasion this playlist features artists, curators, conservators and programmers who reflect on the role and significance of the archive.

IMMA Collection: Freud Project

During this unique five-year project IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016–2021; IMMA presents a series of different and exclusive Lucian Freud related exhibitions, with a new programme of events and resources. Listen back to a diverse range of speakers that delve deeper into Freud’s distinctive approach to painting, to examine the artist’s legacy and relevance today.

Seminar: Remembering Derek Jarman

This Preview Seminar: Protest – Remembering Derek Jarman, marked the 25th anniversary of Jarman’s death and reflected on what Jarman’s legacy is, as an artist and activist, today. Special guests came together to discuss the creative worlds, controversies and friendships that surround Jarman

Art | Memory | Place

The programme, Art | Memory | Place explored the role of art and memory. Over the course of 2015-16, this programme addressed themes of Art, Memory and Place in the context of the decade of commemorations in Ireland.

IMMA Summer School 2020

The IMMA International Summer School 2020 took place online between the 3 and 28 August, 2020. A month-long programme of seminars, discussions and workshops by a range of national and international artists, theorists and educators focused on the theme of ‘statecraft’ and the role of art and artists in relation to the state.