Public Programs and Learning
The IMA generates opportunities for active engagement with contemporary art. From artist talks, lectures, and symposiums to programs tailored to school, tertiary, and community groups, the IMA gives diverse audiences access to the exciting contemporary art practices of our times. In 2015, we organised nearly 100 public and learning programs. Below is a selection of what we currently offer and upcoming events can be found on the right.
The IMA is open until 8pm every Thursday, often featuring an artist talk or lecture.
Throughout 2015, we hosted a year-long lecture series, What Can Art Institutions Do? featuring presentations by distinguished artists, curators, directors, and writers. In 2016, our lecture series is called The Artist As…, examining the multitude of roles artists occupy and adapt today. The Artist As… is a collaboration between the Institute of Modern Art and Curatorial Practice at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture).
Many Saturday afternoons, the IMA will host a tour in the gallery, by a staff member or an artist, curator, or writer. Bookings are recommended, please visit our bookings request page.
IMA Art Club
Art Club is an initiative targeting people aged 14–19 years. This program has been developed in dialogue with young people, to keep our space dynamic and to engage with the next generation of creative thinkers. Participants will have the opportunity to see and work behind the scenes of a contemporary art gallery, acquire practical creative skills, program events, and collaborate and develop relationships with like-minded peers, artists, and IMA staff.
Schools Tours & Art Teachers Day
The IMA welcomes visits from schools to the gallery. Free facilitated tours and interpretive resources can be provided upon request. Visit our bookings request page.
Each year, the IMA welcomes teachers to join us on Art Teachers Day for an immersive professional development program engaged with peers, educators, curators and artists working today.
Please note at times our program may be unsuitable for younger audiences. We encourage our visitors to contact the IMA prior to your visit if in doubt. Please also note that our Saturday programs do not take place between exhibitions.