Event IMA Open Day

IMA Open Day

20 November 2021

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IMA Open Day is back in 2021 with a full day of artist talks, exhibition tours, kids workshops, and pop-up artist markets. Then we’re turning down the lights for an up-late event curated by LIZANDBETTY.

From 9am hunt down the perfect holiday gift with bespoke items from your favourite Brisbane makers: Jo Bone, Theresa Darmody, Earth Fibre, Eton Street, Caitlin Franzmann, Anita Holtsclaw, Jewellery By Xiao, Kaomoji Ceramics, Lunio Ceramics, Bianca Mavrick, Milli Radovic, Sada Sata, David Spooner, Tom Summers, Kat Walsh, and Vali Wood and more. We’re also teaming up with the Valley Laneway Markets to bring you offerings from our Valley neighbours Alice Nightingale and Jess Blak.

To celebrate the Australian premiere of Vietnamese artist, Thao Nguyen Phan’s work at the IMA, Brisbane’s Vietnamese-dining icon Café O’Mai will run a cooking class [get tickets], and academics Kaya Barry and Samid Suliman will deliver an expanded talk titled ‘A Tour Along the Mudflats’ [register].

Plus join guided tours throughout the afternoon of our current exhibitions: See/Through, Becoming Alluvium, and ‘the churchie’.

As the sun sets enjoy drinks in the courtyard and sounds from Meanjin’s freshest DJ’s Toby Nicholls, Romi in da house, and crush3d in a party night curated by LIZANDBETTY, a proudly POC and female-run operation by Yani Preston and ‘the churchie’ finalist Vissy Hoffie.

Open Day Schedule:
Makers Market throughout JWAC and IMA
10am–12pm: Miniature Food Sculpture Workshop with IMA Education Manager Nadine Schmoll (Free, drop-in anytime workshop suitable for ages 5+)
11am: Vietnamese cooking demonstration and tasting with Café O’Mai [ticketed, bookings essential]
2pm: See/Through and Becoming Alluvium exhibition tour with Tulleah Pearce
2.30pm: ‘the churchie’ exhibition tour with Sarah Thomson
4pm: A tour around the mudflats talk with Kaya Barry and Samid Suliman [register]
6–9pm: LIZANDBETTY party feat. Toby Nicholls, Yani Preston, Vissy Hoffie, Romi in da house, crush3d


Accessibility information:
We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor and we welcome guide and support dogs. To find out more contact us at ima@ima.org.au or call 07 3252 5750. Read our access information for visitors here.

COVID safety advice:
—Please wear a mask and check-in on arrival as per government advice.
—If you become unwell during the event locate an IMA staff member.
—Maintaining physical distancing is the individual’s responsibility.

Please do not attend if, in the last 14 days you have
—returned to Australia from overseas (other than a safe travel zone country)
—been in close contact with an active COVID-19 case
—been in a Queensland declared COVID-19 hotspot, place of concern or exposure venue, as defined by the Chief Health Officer
—had a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, distorted sense of taste, shortness of breath, chills, vomiting or any cold/flu like symptoms in the last 72 hours


Photo: Marc Pricop.

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