IMA Talks

For forty years, the IMA has been vital space for conversations about contemporary art. We offer an extensive public program, including artist talks, lectures, and presentations. On this page, you can browse a selection of talks, and listen to them at your own leisure.

First Thursdays, Naomi Blacklock

Ocean Between Us

7 June, 2018

Ocean Between Us is an evening of meditative breath work led by artist Naomi Blacklock and her mother Charlie Blacklock. Take part in participatory m...

In Conversation, Clare Land & Bogaine Spearim

In Conversation, Clare Land & Bogaine Spearim

Activist and writer Clare Land in conversation with activist Bogaine Spearim, presented in conjunction with Tom Nicholson’s exhibition at the IMA Dr...

Tom Nicholson & Dale Harding

In Conversation, Tom Nicholson & Dale Harding

21 April 2018

Tom Nicholson and Dale Harding discuss making work on the surfaces of architecture, air and particles as a way to make marks, and absences and polit...

Experimental Live Score, ‘Häxan’

'Häxan' Live Score by Lucy Cliché & Naomi Blacklock

19 April 2018

Listen to the spine tingling experimental live score performed by Lucy Cliche and Naomi Blacklock. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and...

IMA Talks, Alana Kushnir

Curatorial Authorship

3 April 2018

Can intellectual property law protect the distinct output of today’s curator? As the role of the curator evolves, copyright and moral rights in...

Ryan Presley In Conversation

In Conversation

29 March, 2018

Learn more about Brisbane-based artist Ryan Presley’s ongoing project Blood Money (2010–present), which deals with representation and exchange. In...

In Colour, Eva Franch i Gilabert

In Colour, Eva Franch i Gilabert

23 November 2017

Thursday 23 November 2017, we heard from New York-based architect, educator, and curator Eva Franch for a special In Colour lecture. Franch speciali...

In Colour, Kimberley Moulton

Seeing in Blak and White; On a Scale of One to 1788 How Authentic Are You?

26 September, 2017

Seeing in Blak and White; On a Scale of One to 1788 How Authentic Are You? What influence does the collection of historical cultural material in both...

Artist Talk, Megan Cope

Artist Talk, Megan Cope

17 June 2017

Listen as Megan Cope discusses about her work, Foundations II, in Material Politics: our current exhibition that features artists who use everyday m...

In Colour, Diana Young

In Colour, Diana Young

25 May 2017

This talk is about the relational qualities of colours. Colours as palettes—those marauding squads of socially and culturally recognised hues—whic...

In Colour, debate

In Colour, debate

9 March 2017

The 2017 In Colour lecture series opened with a debate that will helped to find an answer to the question: is contemporary art chromophobic? Two e...

Dieter Roelstraete

Turn! Turn! Turn! Reconsidering Art as Historiography

13 December 2016

International curator Dieter Roelstraete considers his past notions of art as an historical or historiographic tool using retrospective exercises.

Tirdad Zolghadr

Artist As Quarry

8 November 2016

The Artist As… Quarry traces the role and political rationale of self-marginalisation within the moral economy of contemporary art  

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

15 October 2016

Artist/art historian, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll launches Art in the Time of Colony in conversation with Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art Histor...

Brook Andrew

The Artist As… Archivist

13 Aug 2016

The fifth in The Artist As… series, co-presented with Curatorial Practice at Monash Art Design and Architecture, Brook Andrew reflects on his c...

Tara McDowell

The Artist as Initiator

24 Aug 2016

In the fourth lecture in our year-long series The Artist As… co-presented with Curatorial Practice at Monash Art Design and Architecture, Assoc...

Ryan Presley

30 June 2016

Brisbane artist Ryan Presley discusses his works that traverse many of the themes and histories he has been investigating for the past several years,...

Brett Leavy

Virtual Songlines

6 July 2016

Brett Leavy is an Indigenous artist, immersive heritage specialist, inventor, and the driving force behind Virtual Songlines  

Sara Jordenö

Not About Us Without Us – art, film, and situated knowledge

14 June 2016

Jordenö talks about her method of collaboration in documentary cinema and social public art projects.

Gordon Hookey & Michael Aird

2 June 2016

Gordon Hookey and Michael Aird discuss the visual language of Hookey’s major new painting MURRILAND!

Rachel O’Reilly

The Gas Imaginary

26 May 2016

Rachel O’Reilly discusses two collaborative drawing series from the ongoing project The Gas Imaginary (2011-).

Vivian Ziherl in discussion with Courtney Pedersen

Frontier Imaginaries

May 2016

Frontier Imaginaries discussion at QUT Art Museum, May 2016, with IMA Curatorial Fellow Vivian Ziherl regarding curatorial method with Courtney Peders...

Emily Pethick

The Artist as Collaborator

12 May 2016

Pethick speaks about the artist as collaborator through examples from The Showroom, a non-profit independent contemporary art space in London, UK.

Inti Guerrero

Inti Guerrero

30 March 2016

Guerrero (Colombia, 1983) is the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate in Londonn

Daniel Boyd

Daniel Boyd

24 March 2016

Daniel Boyd speaks about his Green Room exhibition and artistic practice. Boyd is a descendant of the Kudjla/Gangalu peoples from Far North Queensland...

Daniel Barber

The Nature of the Image: Architecture, Climate and Media

16 March 2016

a discussion of the role of image making as a central arena for rethinking the relationship between architecture and climate.

Rana Hamadeh

On her work Sleepwalkers

25 February 2016

Rana Hamadeh speaks of her recent practice and project Sleepwalkers.

Adam Linder

The Artist as Choreographer

10 March 2016

Sydney born Berlin based artist discusses his practice of dance and choreography.

Céline Condorelli

The Artist as Architect

1 March 2016

Condorelli's lecture is part of The Artist As..., a year-long lecture series co-presented by the IMA and Curatorial Practice at MADA.

Madeleine King

Through the lens of fashion...

19 September 2015

Looks at current exhibitions Dale Harding: White Collared and Patrick Staff: The Foundation through the lens of fashion.

Nigel Prince

24 November 2015

Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada

Stephanie Rosenthal

20 November 2015

Artistic Director of the 20th Sydney Biennale, presents the 9th in the series What Can an Art Institutions Do?

Ian Mclean

with a response by Richard Bell

26 september 2015

Part of What Can Art Institutions Do? during IMA's 40 Year Anniversary program

Marysia Lewandowska

What Can Art...?

19 August 2015

Part of the What Can Art Institutions Do? during IMA's 40 Year Anniversary program

Patrick Staff Artist Talk

On Practice and the Film Installation The Foundation

13 August 2015

Event Announcement

What Can Art Institutions Do Symposium 1

Panel Discussion 1

11 July 2015

What Can Art...? Symposium

What Can Art Institutions Do Symposium 2

Panel Discussion 2

11 July 2015

What Can Art...? Symposium

Terry Smith

Then And Now Independent Art Spaces

11 July 2015

What Can Art...? Symposium

Helen Hughes

Response to Terry Smith

11 July 2015

What Can Art...? Symposium

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

What Can Art…?

18 June 2015

Part of the What Can Art Institutions Do? during IMA's 40 Year Anniversary program

Vernon Ah Kee and Bruce Maclean

In conversation

18 June 2015

Event Announcement

Charles Esche

What Can Art…?

26 May 2015

Part of the What Can Art Institutions Do? during IMA's 40 Year Anniversary program

Misal Adnan Yildiz

What Can Art…?

16 April 2015

Part of the What Can Art Institutions Do? during IMA's 40 Year Anniversary program

Chris Saines

What Can Art...?

21 March 2015

Part of the What Can Art Institutions Do? during IMA's 40 Year Anniversary program

Patricia Reed

Fiction and the Future Anterior

26 February 2015

Event Announcement

Zach Blas

Artist Talk

21 February 2015

Factory/studio/tumblr Symposium