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“The devastation of the people”: an interview with Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Duncan Campbell, The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy, 2016 (still). Photo courtesy of Rina Yang

On a recent return to Ireland in late March, at the invitation of the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes appeared for two speaking engagements to discuss her first major piece of work ‘Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics‘ (1979/ 2001) and how it has served as a source of inspiration for artist Duncan Campbell.  Campbell’s latest film work The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy was, in part, inspired by Scheper-Hughes’ debut. In IMMA on the 30 March she spoke with Campbell and Professor Luke Gibbons (acting as discussion moderator) reflecting on her experiences of tracing the social disintegration of a remote village in Ireland and her later attempts to reconcile an honest ethnography with the community. The talk held at IMMA was recorded and can be listened at the end of this blog post or on SoundCloud by clicking here. She then traveled to Cork on 3 April 2017 to speak with IMMA Director Sarah Glennie at University College Cork – School of Applied Social Studies.

Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics is an objective study of rural Irish life in the small town of ‘Ballybran’ in the 1970s. Plagued by social and individual problems, Scheper-Hughes was intrigued by the social life of the villagers and how their culture, language, religion, values, interactions, and way of life contributed to the community’s daily life and overall slow, yet steady decline through illness, emigration and isolation. Scheper-Hughes took particular interest in the prevalence of mental illness in rural communities, especially amongst men who often suffered from severe depression and schizophrenia.

While Scheper-Hughes was staying with us at IMMA we invited Dr. Lisa Godson, Co-Director, MA Design History and Material Culture, NCAD to meet with her and to write this blog about the occasion.

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IMMA announces landmark Lucian Freud Project for Ireland alongside an expanded 2016 programme of new work

IMMA announces landmark Lucian Freud Project for Ireland
alongside an expanded 2016 programme of new work celebrating the radical thinkers and activists whose vision for courageous social change in Ireland and beyond remains relevant to us today.

IMMA is pleased announce highlights from our 2016 exhibition programme today, Tue 8 March 2016.

Sarah Glennie, Director of IMMA, said: “We are delighted to announce today that the IMMA Collection has secured an important long-term loan of 50 works by Lucian Freud (1922-2011); one of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th-century. From September 2016, the IMMA Collection: Freud Project will be presented in a new, dedicated Freud Centre in the IMMA Garden Galleries for five years. With this extraordinary resource IMMA will create a centre for Freud research with a special programme of exhibitions, education partnerships, symposia and research that will maximise this exciting opportunity on offer in Ireland.” Continue reading

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Duncan Campbell’s booked out talk at IMMA :: Special offer for new and renewing members

Shot of Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell, winner of the 2014 Turner Prize, is speaking at IMMA on Saturday 31st January at 2pm. Duncan will be discussing his current exhibition at IMMA with Dr Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT).  This free event is now booked out, but we do have a very limited number of tickets that we are making available to new (and renewing) IMMA Members.

Here’s how it works. If you join, or renew, as an IMMA member in the next 7 days you are eligible to be in the draw for these 5 pairs of tickets. You can find out how to join on our website here. Memberships start at €30, for which you’ll receive a host of other benefits including discounts in the shop and cafe and free admission to any of our ticketed exhbitions at IMMA.

Once you have joined send an email to to let us know you’d like to be in the draw. We’ll select the winners next Thursday afternoon, the 29th Jan 2015.

If you can’t make the talk on the day don’t worry, we will be recording it and we’ll make the audio available on our soundcloud page in a couple of weeks.



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IMMA welcomes Turner Prize Winner Duncan Campbell with his first major Irish exhibition

Shot of Duncan CampbellIMMA  is currently presenting the first major exhibition in Dublin of the work of Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell, who last night won the 2014 Turner Prize, arguably the world’s most prestigious Art prize.

IMMA Director Sarah Glennie, who is also curator of his current major show at IMMA, was delighted with the win saying “Duncan Campbell is an exceptional Irish artist whose work tackles complex questions about society, politics and history with great rigour, subtltey and wit. His compelling films require time from the viewer but time spent is rewarded as his works encourage us to shift our perceptions challenge accepted truths. It’s a hugely deserved win and we are all so pleased for him. We are incredibly proud to be presenting his work at IMMA at the moment, not only his Tuner Prize winning It for Others, but also three other films; Bernadette, about unity candidate MP and socialist activist Bernadette Devlin, Make it New John and Arbeit. This major exhibition is open until March 29th, free of charge, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Duncan in 2016”

Duncan will discuss the exhibition with Dr. Maeve Connolly (Lecturer, IADT) on Saturday 31st Janaury 2015. This is a free event but you must book your tickets in advance as capacity is limited. Book your tickets online here.

>Listen to Duncan Campbell’s reaction to his win on Morning Ireland (RTE)

> Click here for more details on the Duncan Camopbell exhbition at IMMA on our webpage