The IMA organises a themed Annual Conference in spring each year, offering an opportunity for members of the Irish museums community to meet, network and discuss issues of relevance for the Irish museum sector.
2013 Annual Conference - THE POROUS MUSEUM: Making Connections, Building Partnerships
The IMA Annual Conference 'The Porous Museum' will build on the national emphasis that has been placed on the Irish diaspora in 2013 - enacting its own 'gathering' of professionals that recognizes and promotes the powerful networks and affinities which distinguish the Irish museum community. In sessions which foreground domestic and international flows of professional expertise, learning and cooperation - between Irish museums and their international counterparts - this conference will explore the relationships that energise and strengthen Ireland's cultural institutions.
Following on from the IMA's 2012 conference 'Rising to the Challenge', invited speakers and conference participants will share their experiences and expertise on a wide range of topics, including: enhancing links and networks to academia and partner institutions; professional development pathways and international exchange opportunities; interfaces between exhibitions and education; promoting public access and developing our audiences; responding to and transforming through public reform processes.
Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Councillor Seán Ó hArgáin, Lord Mayor of Kilkenny
Guest Speakers (Saturday 23 February):
Dr Brian Kennedy, Director, Toledo Museum of Art
David A. Ross, Chair, MFA in Art Practice, School of Visual Arts, New York
Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland
Dr Vicki Porter, Head of Discovery and Engagement, The Wellcome Trust
Dr Emily Mark Fitzgerald, Lecturer, School of Art History & Cultural Policy, UCD
Alan Kirwan, Culture Section, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.
Geri Thomas, President, Thomas & Associates Inc., Artstaffing.com
Kieran Burns, House of European History, Brussels
Mark Taylor, Director, Museums Association UK
Members' Papers (Friday 22 February):
Dr Pippa Little, Limerick School of Art & Design
Dr Rhonda Wynne, Programme Development Manager, University College Dublin Adult Education & Brid O'Sullivan, Learning & Outreach, National Library of Ireland
Jenny Anghelikie Papassotiriou, Office of Public Works - Historic Properties
Claire Anderson, Documentation Officer, National Museums of Ireland
Simone Mancini, Head of Conservation, National Gallery of Ireland
William Blair, Head of Human History, National Museums Northern Ireland
Paul Doyle, Chair IMA & Registrar, National Museum of Ireland
Nigel Monaghan, Keeper, Natural History Division - National Museum of Ireland
Rosemary Ryan, Education & Documentation Officer, Waterford Museum of Treasures
Anna O'Sullivan, Director, Butler Gallery
Anne Hodge, Curator, Prints & Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland
Aoife Ruane, Director, Highlanes Gallery
To download a pdf of the Conference Brochure, please click here.
To download the Conference Schedule, please click here.
To download travel and accomodation information, please click here.
Enquiries to IMA Administrator Ms Gina O'Kelly at +353-1-4120939 or click here to send an email.
The IMA would like to thank the Butler Gallery, the Department of Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht, the Heritage Council, the OPW, Kilkenny Castle, Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel, Rothe House and Kilkenny County Coucil for their support.