Annual White Lecture

The IMA Annual James White Lecture 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, Irish Museum of Modern Art; Sir Timothy Clifford, National Galleries of Scotland; Sune Nordgren, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway; Neil McGregor, British Museum; Professor Jack Lohman, Museum of London and Chairman of ICOM (UK); Philippe de Montebello, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis, Acropolis Museum, Athens; Sir Mark Jones, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Dr Penelope Curtis, Tate Britain, London; Dr Michael Ryan, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; Dr Maria Balshaw, Whitworth Gallery and Manchester City Galleries; Dr Lucy Worsley and Dr Christopher Warleigh-Lack, Historic Royal Palaces, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling; Diane Lees, Imperial War Museums and Dr Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum


Guest Speaker 2018:

Christopher Till began his career as Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe before becoming the Director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery and Museums.  He later became the Director of Culture for the City of Johannesburg where he established the first cultural office and the formation of policy.  He was responsible for establishing the Johannesburg Biennale, Arts Alive International Festival (serving as director for both) and the re-building, political transformation of the Civic Theatre (now Joburg Theatre).  He is known for  the establishment and re-development of the Newtown Cultural Precinct. Till has professional distinctions in many areas including being the founding board member of the International Council of Museums Fine Art Committee, Chairman of the Cape Town Triennial Organising Committee, amongst many others. He has presented numerous papers and has written for publications.

Mr Till is the director of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg as well as the director of the Gold of Africa Museum in Cape Town.  He is also the principal driver in the development of the Mandela Capture site in Howick, Kwa Zulu Natal.

The Irish Museums Association is presenting this year's lecture with ICOM National Commitee for Ireland. Both organisations would like to acknowledge the support of Kilmainham Gaol, Office of Public Works - Historic Properties, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council.

The 2018 James White Memorial Lecture will be held at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, on the 5 December 2018 at 6pm.

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