IMA’s 2016 Program News

IMA’s 2016 Program

15 December 2015

As Queensland’s leading independent forum for contemporary art, the IMA has produced over 500 exhibitions featuring more than 2000 artists and countless public programs over forty years.


In 2015, we presented twelve exhibitions and projects, among them the first solo presentations in Australia of Patrick StaffHito Steyerl and Slavs and Tatars, and nearly eighty education and public programs. In 2016, we continue to commission major works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices.


The 2016 exhibition program begins with a major commission by Beirut-born, Rotterdam-based artist Rana Hamadeh, in collaboration with The Showroom, London, and Nottingham Contemporary. In May, the IMA launches a multi-venue project that explores the condition of the frontier within the era of globalisation, conceived by 2014/15 IMA Curatorial Fellow Vivian ZiherlFrontier Imaginaries. Following our annual gala and fundraiser in July, the IMA will present the first survey exhibition of Auckland-born, London-based artist Luke Willis Thompson. The year ends with a survey show by Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Mangan, in collaboration with Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.


Throughout the year, The Green Room will highlight projects with a connection to our region. It is a mutable project platform rather than a fixed space, inhabiting different parts and aspects of the institution. The year will begin with the first solo-show in Queensland by Cairns-born Sydney-based artist Daniel Boyd.


The IMA will continue to present an array of education and public programs on a regular basis, including a following up to our successful lecture series, What Can Art Institutions Do? titled The Artist As… exploring the multitude of roles that artists occupy.


The IMA’s 2016 exhibition program has been generously supported by Australia Council for the Arts; Arts Queensland; Creative New Zealand; the Department of Communications and the Arts through Indigenous Languages and Arts; the Keir Foundation; Mondriaan Fund; and the IMA’s 2015 Anniversary Gala and Supporters Group.

Rana Hamadeh, The Sleepwalkers (2015), film still. Co-commission by the IMA, The Showroom, London, and Nottingham Contemporary in collaboration with Flat Time House, London, and Primary, Nottingham.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.