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About the Collection

The IMMA Collection is a unique resource which is made available to the public through a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions and projects. Collection Exhibitions may explore the work of an individual artist, or address a theme or historic period.

For six months in 2020, the Freud Centre will be home to a programme of intensive research, reading, reflection, and active learning in relation to The Artist’s Studio. A series of core ‘research questions’ will inform and steer these activities. What are the uses of the studio? What are the limits of the studio? What are other possibilities for the studio? How do we value studio versus non-studio practices and how do we make space for alternatives within the museum?

As part of this programme, we are setting up an Open Research Group, with monthly facilitated sessions that explore key questions about the artist’s studio. These sessions will take place on Saturdays between March and August 2020. The first session, on 7 March 2020, will include a tour of the Freud Centre, a presentation of the project and a group discussion framed around a key reading.

Subsequent sessions will investigate the topic of the studio from a number of different angles; we will be thinking about the nature of the studio, the question of ‘post-studio’ production, the crisis in studio provision, the role of the residency in artists’ practice, the economics (and exclusions) of the studio, and more broadly about the infrastructure of the visual arts. This is part of a reflexive programme at IMMA, exploring the kinds of (active, applied, engaged) research that can happen in a museum. Our aim is to generate a rich environment for learning and research beyond disciplinary boundaries.

The programme will be led by Dr Nathan O’Donnell. The group is open to anyone with an interest in artistic production. It will be of particular interest to artists, curators, art critics, writers, students, and those with an interest in exploring contemporary artists’ practices. The group will consist of a maximum of fifteen people so early booking is advised.

Dates: 7 March / 4 April / 9 May / 6 June / 4 July

11 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

To register, please entitle your email ‘Open Research Group’ and send the following information to [email protected]

Contact email address
Explain why you wish to join the Open Research Group
Confirm whether you can attend all five sessions. Preference will be given to those who can attend the whole programme but spaces may be available for single attendance also.
Confirm that you are available to read some preparatory readings in advance of each session.



About Dr Nathan O’Donnell

Dr Nathan O’Donnell is a Research Fellow at IMMA in connection with the IMMA Collection: Freud Project. He was the holder of a two-year Irish Research Council Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellowship at the museum, 2018-19, during which time he co-organised several events and symposia dedicated to Freud’s work, as well as working as a curatorial researcher for exhibitions in connection with the Freud Project. He continues to work between the Collections Department and the Engagement and Learning Department on a number of educational and curatorial projects. Know more.

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