22 Jun. 2017

The Model is one of Ireland’s leading centres for contemporary art. We host compelling contemporary art exhibitions by international and Irish artists in our newly redeveloped suite of galleries. We are also home to Sligos municipal art collection, The Niland Collection, shown on a rotation basis. In addition to our music, education and cinema programmes, we also have eight studios for visual arts practice and a full-time, international Artist-in-Residence Programme.

  • Jack B. Yeats: Lives

    25 Mar. - 01 Oct. 2017 / This exhibition will enable audiences to trace the development of key characters in Jack Butler Yeats’ work, through an exploration of his illustrations, pencil sketches, watercolours and the iconic oil paintings of his later mature period.

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  • Norah McGuinness: Illustrations to the Stories of Red Hanrahan.

    08 Apr. - 02 Jul. 2017 / An exhibition of McGuinness’s illustrations of WB Yeats’s much loved collection of stories.

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  • Eamon O’Kane: A History of Play

    Jun. - 01 Oct. 2017 / In this colourful three dimensional installation, children are invited to explore shape, colour and constructive design through imaginative and creative play.

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  • PUNC 1x1 Celebration Exhibition

    01 - 25 Jun. 2017 / PUNC 1×1 celebrates the culmination of this unique outreach programme, with an exhibition of The Niland Collection artworks that toured County Sligo national schools in 2016/17. A selection of artistic responses from pupils in the ten participating schools will also be on view.

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  • Selma Makela: Artist-in-Residence

    06 Jun. - 02 Jul. 2017 / Winner of The Model Cairde Award, Selma Makela will be artist-in-residence at The Model during May and June. Based in The Model’s process room throughout this period, as part of her residency Makela will consider the formal themes of painting in the context of her own practice.

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  • Cairde Visual

    Jul. - 06 Aug. 2017 / The Model presents Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fourth annual open submission show. The exhibition will feature work from both Irish and international artists across a great diversity of media.

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  • The Art of Harlequins

    18 - 30 Jul. 2017 / Drop in to the process room and experiment with collage materials and theatrical processes of making and creating. This response room will explore the colourful characters in the work of Jack B. Yeats.

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  • Oliver Laric

    22 Jul. - 01 Oct. 2017 / For his exhibition at The Model, Laric presents a recent film work. Composed of found and newly animated image sequences in which bodies metamorphose from one form into another, or are caught between two states, the untitled film dialogues with the consistent cultural trope of mutable identity.

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  • Artists Select: Michael Wann and Kiera O’Toole

    Aug. - 05 Oct. 2017 / Michael Wann and Kiera O’Toole are invited to select works from The Niland Collection, that resonate with their own artistic interests.

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  • High Winds Move Slowly

    19 Aug. - 29 Oct. 2017 / A very special two-person exhibition with Dutch artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch. This show, which is curated and toured by the Museum De Buitenplaats in the Netherlands, marks the first time that these two artists have been brought together in one exhibition.

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  • Culture Night

    22 Sep. 2017 / The Model presents a dazzling array of colourful events for children and families. See the Culture Night Sligo brouchure for more details

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