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A monthly series of live Performances by contemporary visual artists at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  

Summer at IMMA presents a wide variety of artistic performances across the magnificent grounds of IMMA. From captivating artistic performances, including dance and music, to insightful readings there is something for everyone to enjoy. Contemporary visual artists include Alex Cecchetti, Mark Cullen, Lisa Freeman, Irina Gheorghe, Maria Hassabi, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, and Frank Wasser.

Lisa Freeman 'Slipped, Part 2' (2024)
Sat 3 Aug

Slipped, Part 2 is a scripted performance work that features actors and a saxophone player. In a looping sequence, the intricate staging and choreography reveal a complex interplay and overlay of ideas around health, leisure, emotion and the body that are amplified by the rhythmic and pathos-infused script. 

Slipped, Part 2 at IMMA follows on from its original presentation as a site-specific response to the former public baths at Naylor’s Cove, Bray with Mermaid Arts Centre (June 2022). This presentation marks a new iteration in response to the grounds at IMMA.

About the artist
Lisa Freeman’s recent exhibitions and screenings include: Approx 1 Second of a Sweet Kiss, solo exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery + Studio’s (2024), Hook, Spill, Cry Your Eyes Out, as part of Súitú, aemi Touring Programme, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden (2023). Freeman holds a Three Year Studio Membership at TBG+S. Her work is held in the Arts Council of Ireland Collection.

More info on the Irish Museum of Modern Art website here.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announce 2024 exhibition programme

Five solo exhibitions are programmed throughout the year, including TBG+S Studio Artists, and Irish artists living abroad who have gained considerable international reputation. Two ambitious off-site solo exhibitions will take place in summer 2024, with the support of Dublin Port Company. Threads of connection across these distinct exhibitions hint at journeys, movement, displacement, and longing.

Lisa Freeman: Approx 1 Second of a Sweet Kiss
March 22–May 19, 2024

Lisa Freeman’s new film follows a young woman as she makes her way through an unfamiliar city. The film includes sequences of intricately choreographed movement and disorientating spoken exchanges, which activate a surreal psychological experience. Approx 1 Second of a Sweet Kiss was originally commissioned by aemi and Sirius Art Centre. 

More information on the TBG+S website here

e-flux announcement can be read here

Slipped, Fell.. screening as part of Festival ECRÃ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[July 2023]

More information here

Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor. June 2022.

Still image, edition 1 of 3 + 2AP.  Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag 300gsm archival paper.  Mounted in an aluminium frame measuring 26 x 35 cm. 

Art Works! 2023: Contemporary Art Auction

Pallas Projects/Studios are delighted to announce our latest fundraising auction of Irish contemporary art which runs now until the 11th May. Bidding this year will take place entirely online and is kindly supported by deVeres auction house, who are foregoing all fees in support of our organisation, and to encourage and support a new generation of contemporary artists. Bidding is now live!

Online Auction: Bidding now open until Thursday 11th May
Artworks on view: Saturday 6th May– Thursday 11th May, 10am-5pm except Sunday 12-5pm

Venue: The City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2

More information here

aemi & SIRIUS Film Commission 2023 recipient: Lisa Freeman

aemi & SIRIUS are delighted to announce Lisa Freeman as the recipient of the jointly offered commission for 2023.

Lisa Freeman’s films and performances are set within specific geographic and architectural landscapes. They draw power structures into question and explore how intimacy might be employed as a form of resistance. For this commission, Lisa will use an intuitive approach to script writing to develop a narrative that is intrinsically tied to its physical setting. Exploring the tension and connection between architecture and the body, the film will foreground the light and dark shadows of urban space, where public and private moments come directly and uniquely into contact with one another.

Through the commission process, Lisa will receive a fee to create a new moving image work that will premiere at Cork International Film Festival in November 2023 and be exhibited at SIRIUS in 2024. She will have access to ongoing support and mentorship throughout the year from aemi and SIRIUS, as well as a residency at SIRIUS in Cobh.

Lisa comments: It’s an incredible opportunity to have this aemi and SIRIUS commission. I couldn’t be happier to be working with Alice, Daniel, Miguel and both teams as I develop my new film. It’s a dream to have both the freedom to create and to share in an ongoing dialogue around my work with both organisations. This commission marks a significant moment in my practice, where I’m excited to develop new work to show in film festivals and international contexts.

Read more here

Three Year Membership Studio AwardTemple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce the awarded artists from the open calls for Three Year Membership Studios and Project Studios. Three Year Membership Studios have been awarded to Clodagh Emoe, Lisa Freeman, Jaki Irvine, and Jesse Jones. Three Year Membership Studios at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios offer a long-term tenure to artists who have developed an established, professional practice.

The artists were awarded their studios by a selection panel following an open submission application process. The panel included current TBG+S Studio members and established curators based in Ireland and internationally. The selected artists are representative of the exceptionally high-quality and rigorous contemporary art practices in Ireland today. We look forward to welcoming them all into the TBG+S community.

Read more here

Artist publication Slipped.. stocked at the Library Project, Dublin

This new artist publication by Lisa Freeman and designed by the award-winning Or Studio documents the live performance Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor (2022). It includes digital and medium format photography, script excerpts, archival imagery and drawings, alongside commissioned texts by Rachel Donnelly, Dennis McNulty and Astrid Newman.
Softcover, with fold outs and insert
Edition of 100
26 Pages
297 x 148 mm

Available to purchase here

Arts Council of Ireland Acquisition 

Lisa Freeman’s film Slipped, Fell And Smacked My Face Off The Dance Floor has been purchased for the Arts Council of Ireland’s Collection. 

The film features actors, a saxophone player and a significant location: the once-busy sea bathing pool at Naylor's Cove, Bray.

Read more here

In The Picture: Lisa Freeman's Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off The Dance Floor

Artist Lisa Freeman’s film Slipped, Fell And Smacked My Face Off The Dance Floor features actors, a saxophone player and a significant location: the once-busy sea bathing pool at Naylor's Cove, Bray.

Read more on RTÉ

Artist books included in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Book Fair 2022

Dublin Art Book Fair is a centre for artist books, and champions creative, independent publishers, both Irish and international. It presents a curated selection of books on art, design, visual culture, philosophy, architecture, select fiction and poetry. The Artist Book Section at DABF features highly developed and beautiful books made by contemporary artists, designers and writers.

Publication launch, Q+A, and screening of Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor

Mermaid Arts Centre | 23 November 2022

This special screening is accompanied by text readings and an artist Q&A as well as the launch of Freeman's limited edition publication of the same name, designed by the award-winning Or Studio.

This new artist publication features photographs of the performance, script excerpts, archival imagery and drawings, alongside commissioned texts by Rachel Donnelly, Dennis McNulty and Astrid Newman.

Free but booking necessary via Mermaid Arts Centre 

Hook, Spill, Cry Your Eyes Out  selected as part of Súitú, aemi’s 2023 touring programme 

Curated by aemi, ‘Súitú’ is an opportunity to spotlight some truly exciting moving image works by Irish and international artists that we have encountered over the past year.

The world premiere of aemi’s 2023 Tour ‘Súitú’ receives its theatrical debut at the 67th Cork International Film Festival

Post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Lisa Freeman, Holly Márie Parnell and Sofia Theodore-Pierce

Film information:

Fábio Andrade, Contorno/ Contour, 2021, Brazil, digital, 10 minutes
Susan Hughes, Eyes Like Cats, 2022, Northern Ireland, digital, subtitled, 3 minutes
Morgan Quaintance, A Human Certainty, 2021, United Kingdom, 16mm transferred to digital, 20 minutes
Bárbara Lago, Yon, 2021, Argentina, digital, subtitled, 8 minutes
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Other Tidal Effects, 2021, USA, 16mm transferred to digital, 7 minutes
Lisa Freeman, Hook, Spill, Cry Your Eyes Out, 2020, Ireland, digital, 3 minutes
Holly Márie Parnell, Cabbage, 2022, Ireland, digital, 28 minutes

Running time: 80 minutes

More info on aemi 

More info on Cork International Film Festival 

Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor  screening on aemi online, October 2022 - January 2023 

The video of Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off The Dance Floor offers a compelling viewing experience of the site-specific performance of the same name by Lisa Freeman presented in June of this year with Mermaid Arts Centre. Her flair for activating the now defunct sea bathing pool at Naylor’s Cove in Bray is evocatively captured in this twenty minute work. Freeman’s intricate staging and choreography reveal a complex interplay and overlay of ideas around health, leisure, emotion and the body that are amplified by her rhythmic and pathos-infused script.

Dennis McNulty opens up the work even further in his accompanying introductory text. Drawing on a rich set of references, ranging from Beckett to the semiotics of fashion, the text weaves seamlessly between concept and context. McNulty considers the significance of the cove, the physicality of the performers and the styling of their costumes to capture the exquisite energy of Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off The Dance Floor.

View the work on aemi

Collaborative Language-Making workshops as part of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Summer School, 2022 

Lisa Freeman: Collaborative Language-Making
Discover art through language, performance and writing.

Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July, 11am – 5pm.

Join us at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for Summer School! Pop in to explore, make and chat. Drop in anytime to explore artist projects devised by Chloe Brenan, Lynda Devenney and Lisa Freeman, and make your own art. Our gallery mediators will be on hand to guide you. We are delighted to have studio artists past, present and future join us in the gallery space to meet and make with.

More info and booking here

Artists Connect Panel - Wicklow County Council

Artists Connect is an artist development initiative of Wicklow County Council with the purpose of supporting artists across all art forms, who are living in or are from the county, to connect, share information and learn from each other. Artist Connects runs events such as Artist Salons co-hosted with Outpost Studios, and The Funding Clinic.

Events are developed with the support of an Artist Panel consisting of artists Robert Barrett (Theatre Writing/Writer),  Niamh O'Connor (writer/film writer), Lisa Freeman (Visual Arts/Multidisciplinary), Conor Dowling (Writer/Film), Emily Gillmor Murphy (Writer/Theatre Writing), Brian Murphy (Theatre), Aisling Ennis (Musician) as well as Jenny Sherwin (Arts Office), Niamh O’Donnell (Mermaid Arts Centre), and Susan Coughlan (independent facilitator).

The Arts Office is committed to developing initiatives under the Artists Connect framework throughout the lifetime of the Arts Strategy Growing the Arts in County Wicklow 2020- 2025.

Fold-Out Postcard: Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor

This fold-out postcard invite for Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor takes inspiration from 1950’s fold-out postcard’s that were used to promote tourist destinations. This postcard contains project research images, text and archival imagery.

If you would like a copy of this postcard please email me with your postal address to freeman.lisamarie@gmail.com

Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor with Mermaid Arts Centre

Live site-specific performances on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th June 2022.
On a loop from 1-4pm each day.

Location: Naylor’s Cove, Bray Beach, Bray, Co Wicklow.
Meeting point at the Old Bray Hotel.
FREE, all welcome. No booking required.

Lisa Freeman’s new scripted performance work features actors, a saxophone player and a significant location: the once-busy sea bathing pool at Naylor’s Cove, Bray.
Drawing on the town’s history as a site of leisure and respite, this work positions the human body in this now-defunct site of relaxation. 

More info can be found on the Mermaid Arts Centre’s website here
Read coverage on the performance by the Independent.ie here 


Project Studio Award (2022/23)
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 

Project Studios are aimed at artists developing exciting emerging practices. The artists were awarded their studios by a selection panel including a current TBG+S Studio and Board member, and established curators based in Ireland and internationally, following an open submission application process. The artists will begin their studio tenure over the coming months. Each of the awarded artists share an acute connection to some element of the world that, as a whole, encompasses a wide range of vital concerns in contemporary life. Their exciting practices encourage expansive thinking that offers alternative ways of perceiving familiar subjects. We look forward to welcoming them all into the TBG+S community.

More info can be found here

Green Skies, A Double Rhythm publication included in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Book Fair, November - December 2020

Information on the TBG+S Book Fair can be found here

Images of Green Skies, A Double Rhythm publication can be found here 

Visual Artists’ Ireland News Sheet, March - April 2020

Expanded Sculpture Column by Audrey Walshe in response to Unassembled exhibition.

Further info can be found here 

Unassembled, The LAB Gallery, 2020

January 16 - January 19 2020

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and The LAB Gallery are delighted to present Unassembled. The exhibition is curated by Julia Moustacchi and features work by ten artists currently completing the IADT Masters in Art and Research Collaboration (ARC): Brenda Brady, Anishta Chooramun, Heather Cody, Penelope Collins, Collette Farnon, Lisa Freeman, Marie-Louise Halpenny, Marie Phelan, Dylan Ryan & Audrey Walshe.

Discussion and tour: The Ideal Exhibition, Saturday 18 January 2020, 3pm

How has the ideal space of the exhibition changed, for artists, curators and art audiences? These developments will be explored by Bassam Al Sabah, Georgina Jackson and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll in a conversation hosted by curator Julia Moustacchi and chaired by ARC co-director Maeve Connolly. 

Ealaín Na Nóg, workshop, 2019

November 2019 

Teaching a ‘Collaborative-Language Making’ workshop for Ealaín Na Nóg, Dublin City Arts Office.

This is a partnership initiative and with Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg & The Dublin City Arts Office. Ealaín Na Nóg is creative space where young people can share artistic practices, ideas and skills. Featuring guest artists on a bi monthly basis.

Slow Set

A night of performance 

The LAB Gallery, Culture Night 2019

Friday September 20th
Curated by Lisa Freeman and Astrid Newman

Acts from:

YEMI AKA: Fried Plantains Collective
Yoga for the Eyes
Maria Somerville
DJ Roo HoneyChild

More info can be found here

Booking open for:
Green Skies, A Double Rhythm

October 5th 2019, The Curragh, Kildare 


Green Skies, A Double Rhythm is a site-specific performance that looks at the lived experiences of the ‘Wrens of the Curragh’; a marginalised community of women sex workers alongside contemporary issues of labour and exploitation. Performers will lead the audience on two different promenade performances that are centered on a live musical score by a drummer on site.

Booking link can be found here

Trailer for live performance:
Green Skies, A Double Rhythm

Performance: October 5th 2019

Booking via Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

Call for members to join Pivot

August 2019

Pivot is a newly formed performance critical forum, initiated by Lisa Freeman and Astrid Newman, taking place at The LAB Gallery, Dublin.

We are looking for artists and curators with an interest in interdisciplinary art practices that have performative outcomes to take part in monthly discussions and crit sessions. Members will be invited to present new works or works in progress on a monthly rotation and receive feedback from the group.

To apply please send a statement of 200 words on why you are interested in joining or how this would benefit your artistic/curatorial practice by Friday 23rd August at 5pm to pivotperformandcrit@gmail.com

Monthly meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month from 6.30 - 8.30 pm at The LAB.

Please note that selected members will be asked to commit to the group for a year, this is for the purpose of building a supportive framework for group members.

Young Art Writers Programme 2019


In partnership with RHA Gallery and The LAB Gallery
31 August, 7 September, 14 September, date in November TBC, 2019

The programme is designed for anyone age 18 – 25 who is interested in art and writing or who would like to be introduced to this area. No previous experience is necessary and all levels of writing ability are welcome. 

Workshops will be facilitated by artists and writers Nathan O’Donnell (Paper Visual Art), Lisa Freeman,  and Lily Cahill (winner of DCC/VAI Art Writing Award 2019). Participants will receive exhibition tours at the three galleries, visit artist Suzanne Walshe in her studio at Fire Station Artists’ Studios, attend a talk by writer Kevin Breathnach (Next Generation Artist 2018), and more. Participants will be encouraged to think about various possibilities of writing in and around art and to be open to engaging with new techniques, critical thinking, and more. The programme will be faciltiated by artist and writer, Molly May O'Leary.

Open Call For Performers

July 2019

Audition Times:
5th of July 10am-5pm
6th of July 10am-1pm

Location: Riverbank Arts Centre

This is a paid role for the rehearsals and the performance.
All ages 18+, all genders.

Artist Lisa Freeman is looking for 6 performers for her performance based on the ‘Wrens of The Curragh’. This will be a live performance set over a four hour duration on Saturday the 5th of October on the Curragh.

If you have a preferred time slot for the audition please mention this in the email and we will try  to accommodate this. If you are interested in auditioning please email Lisa directly with your CV to freeman.lisamarie@gmail.com

This project is funded by the Kildare County Council & Creative Ireland Award.
Riverbank Arts Centre is a partner organisation to this event.

District Magazine Interview

April 2019 Guide


Collaborative Language-Making Workshop

In association with Dublin Learning City Festival
ARC IADT and The LAB Gallery

April 2019

During this workshop partcipants will be asked to collaborate through text and spoken language to deliver short presentations or performances.

Venue: The LAB Gallery, studio 4
Maximum number of participants: 12
Material: Text books, magazines, newspapers, construction manuals.
Content of material - Feminist / self help / fiction.

Booking via this link ︎

TBCTV Exhibition

Somerset House London

October 2018

TBCTV, an installation bringing together visual art performance and theatre from Studios residents Mel Brimfield, Ewan Jones Morris and Chloe Lamford at Somerset House, London.

Transforming Somerset House’s Lancaster Rooms into a mock television studio, TBCTV pesented rolling coverage across its six TV channels showing a range of moving image work including show reels, music videos and animations.

Artists include Tamy Ben-Tor, Karolina Bregula, Sol Calero & Dafna Maimon, Brian Dewan, Andy Holden, Kalup Linzy, Rachel Maclean, Heather Phillipson, Mary Reid Kelley, Jennet Thomas and, Bedwyr Williams.

TBCTV is supported by the Case Foundation and the Art Fund.