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.

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...