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, 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...

Upcoming Events

First Thursdays, Chantal Fraser
1 June 2017

In her performance To Be Humble, artist Chantal Fraser invites you to take part in a mass act of artistic, social, and cultural penance....

QFF Screening, The Unity of All Things
3 June 2017

This free screening of The Unity of All Things is presented as a partnership between Queensland Film Festival and the...

Artist Talk, Megan Cope
17 June 2017

Join Megan Cope as she speaks about her work, Foundations II, in Material Politics: our current exhibition that features artists...

Gallery Shop After Hours: Homejob X Kaomoji
23 June 2017

Join us in celebrating the launch of Homejob and Kaomoji Ceramics' new collections. Kaomoji will be unveiling their latest ceramic...

Adornment Making Workshop with Chantal Fraser
24 June 2017

Artist Chantal Fraser invites you to join her for an afternoon of subversive adornment making. Fraser uses material culture and...