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.

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

In Colour, Kimberley Moulton

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  

Upcoming Events

Gallery Shop, Melbourne Art Book Fair
16 March 2018

The IMA Gallery Shop will travelling to Melbourne for the 2018 Melbourne Art Book Fair 16–18 March 2018. Browse our range...

Artist Talk, Callum McGrath
21 March 2018

Hear from artist Callum McGrath as he discusses his work River Torrens, presented as part of the IMA's Green Screen program, on...

IMA Talks, David Elliott
22 March 2018

Hear from British art historian, curator, writer and teacher, David Elliott, at the IMA as part of the 21st Biennale of...

Gallery Shop After Hours, Laura Armstrong
23 March 2018

Join us in the IMA Gallery Shop from 6pm for the launch of local jewellery designer Laura Armstrong’s latest collection, Submerged....

Double Opening & Book Launch
24 March 2018

Join us to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions at the IMA, Tom Nicholson: Drawings and correspondence, and Ryan Presley:...