Annual White Lecture

The IMA Annual White Lecture in the autumn provides a forum for some of the most influential national and international contemporary museum professionals to speak on matters relating to museums. It is held in memory of Dr James White, who was one of the founders of the Irish Museums Association.

Past speakers at this prestigious event have included Enrique Juncosa, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art; Sir Timothy Clifford, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland; Sune Nordgren, Director, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway; Neil McGregor, Director,  British Museum; Professor Jack Lohman, Director, Museum of London and Chairman of ICOM (UK); Philippe de Montebello, Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Acropolis Museum, Athens; Sir Mark Jones, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Dr Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain, London; Dr Michael Ryan, former Director of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth Gallery and of Manchester City Galleries and Dr Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

The Guest Speaker 2015: Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

An educationalist, writer and broadcaster, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling is a former Chairman of Arts Council England and of the Design Council (UK), a former trustee of the V&A, and a governor of the British Film Institute. He was Rector and Vice-Provost of the London's Royal College of Art until 2009, is Chancellor of the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), and serves on the Advisory Council of the Burren College of Art, Co. Clare. He is well known in the public sphere for his writings on cinema and as a presenter of popular TV programmes on history.

On announcing details of this prestigious event in the Irish museum sector's calendar, Brian Crowley, Chair of the Irish Museums Association, commented "This dynamic administrator and cultural historian has helped lead and revitalise some of the most important cultural institutions in the UK. A strong advocate for the arts and creative industries, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling has tirelessly campaigned to persuade the broader public that the arts matter. The value of the arts and culture is an issue that the Irish Museums Association champions and strives to address in events such as the James White lecture. This lecture provides an important platform for international cultural leaders to engage with the general public each year. We need to ensure that culture remains on local and national government agendas and is recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish society and a significant contributor to our economy."

The IMA is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council. The IMA would also like to acknowledge the support of the host venue for the 2015 event, the National Gallery of Ireland.