2009 - 2017

  • Archiving Activism

    05 - 14 May 2017 / Artist Breda Burns has been commissioned by Bealtaine festival 2017, in partnership with Sligo Arts Office and Mayo Arts Office, to develop a sound and radio-based work, Archiving Activism. This commission has developed in response to the Bealtaine 2017 theme of collectivism.

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  • Ronnie Hughes: Strange Attractors

    15 Apr. - 22 Jun. 2017 / The Model is delighted to present a major solo, touring show of recent work by Irish artist Ronnie Hughes.

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  • Alexandra Hopf: The Night

    24 Feb. - 16 Apr. 2017 / Alexandra Hopf is a Berlin based artist working across video, painting and sculpture, with a research interest in individual memory, psychoanalysis, and the construction of art history.

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  • Cléa van der Grijn: Reconstructing Memory

    17 Dec. 2016 - 02 Apr. 2017 / The Model is pleased to present an exhibition of newly commissioned work that marks a major turning point in the practice of Irish artist Cléa van der Grijn.

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  • Fanned Apart: Female Portraits from The Niland Collection

    24 Sep. 2016 - 26 Feb. 2017 / This special exhibition curated on the occasion of the centenary of the 1916 Rising allows a glimpse into women’s lives in the twentieth century.

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  • Ghosts of Other Stories: The British Council Collection

    17 Sep. - 27 Nov. 2016 / Ghosts of Other Stories explores works within the British Council Collection where threads of lost stories or forgotten histories flash momentarily into the light.

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  • Elizabeth Price

    25 Jun. - 28 Aug. 2016 / The Model is delighted to present an exhibition with Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price in her first Irish solo show.

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  • Jack B. Yeats: Painted Universe

    30 Apr. - 16 Sep. 2016 / This exhibition of Yeats oils features work from his final and most successful period of artistic production, from political works executed in the 1920s to the great masterpieces of the late 1940s.

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  • Jack B Yeats: A Broadside

    24 Mar. - 28 Aug. 2016 / The Model is delighted to present a newly acquired gift to the Niland Collection – a complete set of Broadsides edited by Jack B Yeats and published by Dun Emer and Cuala Press each month from June 1908 – May 1915. Seldom available for the public to see, this rare and fascinating publication was edited and illustrated by Yeats and published in collaboration with his sisters Elizabeth and Susan.

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  • Sean Lynch Adventure: Capital

    09 Apr. - 12 Jun. 2016 / The Model presents the national tour of the Irish Pavilion from the 56th Venice Biennale, Adventure: Capital by artist Sean Lynch.

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  • Yeats & the West: An Exhibition of Western Worlds

    24 Mar. - 12 May 2016 / This exhibition comes to The Model from NUI Galway, and explores Yeats’s life, work, and legacy through his connections to the west.

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  • E.gress: Marie Brett & Kevin O'Shanahan

    03 Mar. - 28 Apr. 2016 / E.gress is a soulful and stirring film that maps a twilight world of loss and change, exploring how individuals diagnosed with dementia find new ways to adjust to a changing world.

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  • The Model Drawing / Unforgettable Neighbourhoods

    30 Jan. - 27 Mar. 2016 / A solo exhibition by Dutch artist Bart Lodewijks

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  • Eamon O'Kane: A History of Play

    14 Nov. 2015 - 10 Jan. 2016 / Opening Reception Saturday 14 November, 6pm Eamon O’Kane in conversation with Linda Shevlin, 5pm

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  • Liminal Spaces

    12 Sep. - 23 Dec. 2015 / Artists: Felicity Clear, Michele Horrigan, Maurice O’Connell, Andy Parsons, Clea van der Grijn, Corban Walker

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  • Psychic Lighthouse

    12 Jun. - 30 Aug. 2015 / Artists: Clodagh Emoe, Joachim Koester, Maria Loboda, Goshka Macuga, Susan MacWilliam, Deirdre McKenna, Stephen Rennicks Curated by Emer McGarry

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  • Mark Clare: I Believe In You

    24 Jan. - 22 Mar. 2015 / In collaboration with the Crawford Gallery of Art, this touring exhibition project presents a major solo show of Mark Clare

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  • Paul Seawright: Things Left Unsaid

    04 Apr. - 31 May 2015 / This project will present a new body of work by internationally known photographer Paul Seawright.

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  • Into the Field

    Oct. 2014 - 11 Jan. 2015 / Into The Field is an invitation to encounter the inner world of feelings through the lens of a live field of contemporary art practice, dissolving the boundaries between artist and viewer.

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  • The Niland Collection: Odey Curbelo Selects

    Oct. 2014 - 11 Jan. 2015 / On the occasion of Into the Field, artist and colourist Odey Curbelo curates a selection of work from The Niland Collection focusing on colour, atmosphere and natural phenomena.

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  • Susan Hiller

    12 Jul. - 28 Sep. 2014 / Hiller is a highly influential artist and has created an outstanding and diverse body of work over the last 40 years. Often inspired by postcards, place-names, automatic writing and newspaper articles, Hiller probes questions of memory, loss, the sub conscious, and the uncanny in a practice she describes as ‘paraconceptual’.

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  • The Niland Collection: Patrick Hall Selects

    01 - 25 May 2014 / The Model is delighted to present an exhibition drawn from The Niland Collection curated by the painter Patrick Hall. Hall’s intriguing selection focuses on works within the collection that might be considered overlooked or are rarely exhibited.

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  • Things go Dark

    03 May - 29 Jun. 2014 / Things go Dark presents a visual exploration of the principles of aestheticism through the work of nine contemporary Irish artists.

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  • Practice

    Apr. - 04 May 2014 / What happens when artists and children work together? A national touring exhibition of work by artists and children, created through joint processes of exploration and enquiry.

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  • Mark Garry: A Winter Light

    14 Jan. - 20 Apr. 2014 / The Model is pleased to present A Winter Light, Mark Garry’s most ambitious solo exhibition to date, opening at The Model, Sligo, this February.

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  • Phil Collins

    13 Oct. 2013 - 19 Jan. 2014 / Phil Collins. The Model is delighted to present a solo show with UK artist and filmmaker Phil Collins.

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  • Dorothy Cross: Croquet

    29 Sep. 2013 - 05 Jan. 2014 / Croquet is an installation work by Cross dating from 1994.

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  • Painting in The West of Ireland

    27 Sep. 2013 - 05 Jan. 2014 / To Irish culture, the West of Ireland has become synonymous with mythology, legend, folklore and fairytales. The West was also the focus of a pursuit that was central to Irish culture for much of the 20th century: the need to discover, define or construct an authentic national identity. From Malin Head to Mizen Head, the landscape has been imbued with symbolic significance that overwhelms pure geography and identifies the West as the heartland of the authentic Ireland.

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  • Rabih Mroué

    Jun. - 29 Sep. 2013 / Mroué was the recipient of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award and the 2011 Prince Claus Award ‘for his radical interrogation of memory, power, and the construction of truth’.

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  • Tilo Schulz: Tied Up and Down, how to consider force a privilege

    Jun. - 29 Sep. 2013 / This is the first solo exhibition by German artist Tilo Schulz in Ireland, the exhibition project itself is a response by Schulz to Sligo as an environment.

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  • Jack B Yeats - Enter the Clowns: The Circus as a Metaphor

    25 May - 22 Sep. 2013 / This exhibition will look at the circus as a metaphor in the work of Jack B Yeats.

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  • An Anatomical Chart of Love Pains

    13 Apr. - 16 Jun. 2013 / This unique exhibition project involves five artists invited to respond to a chapter in the book, The Museum of Innocence by Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk.

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  • Irish Women Artists of the Twentieth Century

    02 Apr. - 19 May 2013 / The Model presents ‘Irish Women Artists of the Twentieth Century’. The Niland Collection holds a considerable amount of work by key Irish women artists and when looked at together, these works provide a comprehensive survey of the changing themes and practices of Irish female artists throughout the twentieth century.

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  • Sean Lynch: Church without a Steeple

    06 Dec. 2012 - 31 Mar. 2013 / In partnership with The Model, the Arts Council has commissioned Sean Lynch to develop a new installation that takes Knockanure Church in North Kerry as its starting point.

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  • Sam Keogh & Lucy Andrews

    20 Oct. - 25 Nov. 2012 / The Model is pleased to introduce two emerging contemporary artists who will exhibit simultaneously among its open gallery spaces.

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  • The Celtic Twilight

    05 Dec. - 22 Nov. 2012 / This exhibition examines the tensions between the Celtic Revival of Irish arts and literature in the early twentieth century and the birth of the Modernist movement in Ireland.

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  • Up The Walls: Seven Contemporary Artists

    01 Jul. - 07 Oct. 2012 / Up The Walls is an exhibition of international and Irish artists who are all exploring painting in new and innovative ways.

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  • All Humans Do

    21 Apr. - 16 Jun. 2012 / 12 Irish Artists: David Beattie, Rhona Byrne, Brendan Earley, Aleana Egan, Fergus Feehily, Mark Garry, Kevin Kirwan, Bea McMahon, Niamh O’Malley, Locky Morris, Dennis Mc Nulty & Tamsin Snow.

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  • A Series of Navigations

    03 Feb. - 15 Apr. 2012 / This group exhibition presents a number of artists whose work traverses different dimensions of reality, identity and reportage. Each work, at its root, has a form of investigation – questions about sexual identity, the cosmos, the canons of philosophy, the meaning of life, third world poverty or the relevance of art itself.

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  • Isabel Nolan: A Hole Into the Future

    10 Dec. 2011 - 12 Feb. 2012 / A major solo exhibition from Irish artist Isabel Nolan.

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  • Zin Taylor: Thoughts and Forms

    07 Dec. 2011 / Zin has become known internationally for his elaborate installations encompassing elements of performance and sculpture along with drawing, printing, and video.

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  • (sub)TEXT

    05 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2011 / (sub)TEXT, a collaborative, time based, multi media installation contemplating relationships between process, concept, impact and aesthetics is opening in room at The Model this week. Room is an artist-led space provided by The Model to The Model’s Studio Artists and is programed by the artists.

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  • Ireland in the Twentieth Century

    08 Oct. 2011 - 29 Jan. 2012 / The exhibition looks at changes in Irish social and political life throughout this turbulent century.

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  • Norah McGuinness: Illustrations to Stories of Red Hanrahan

    08 Oct. 2011 - 29 Jan. 2012 / This small exhibition of McGuinness’s illustrations to WB Yeats Stories of Red Hanrahan will mark the first time these works have been exhibited publicly in many years. Curator’s Tour Wed. 23 Nov. 1 pm

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  • Omer Fast: The Tunnel

    03 Sep. - 27 Nov. 2011 / The Model is transformed into The Tunnel by Omer Fast, where three art installations inhabit The Model building.

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  • Harun Farocki: Recognition and Tracking

    02 Jul. - 21 Aug. 2011 / The Model presents a filmmaker and artist whose work has had a strong influence on the history of the political film since the late 1960s.

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  • Guido van der Werve: Minor Pieces

    16 Apr. - 12 Jun. 2011 / The Model presents Minor Pieces, a solo exhibition by Dutch artist Guido van der Werve featuring two film works and a series of related photographs.

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  • Jack B. Yeats: The Outsider

    24 Jul. 2010 - 12 Jun. 2011 / This exciting exhibition brings together forty Jack B Yeats oils from a variety of public and private collections.

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  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Angelology

    Oct. 2010 - 23 Jan. 2011 / Angelology is a new large-scale installation project by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at The Model.

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  • Gracelands 'I'm Spartacus'

    25 Sep. 2010 / Presented in association with The Model, Gracelands is an outdoor art event that takes place over a single day, situated on the site of the Mimetic House. Now in its third year, it features an unfolding exhibition of performance, sculpture, lectures and screenings from mid afternoon to late night.

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  • Seamus Nolan: Trades Club Revival

    10 Sep. - 19 Dec. 2010 / Seamus Nolan reopened the Sligo United Trades Club in late 2010. A series of events and performances took place there including traditional music sessions, a former member’s story-telling night, meetings, exhibitions and workshops.

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  • Duncan Campbell: Make It New John

    24 Jul. - 03 Oct. 2010 / The Model has co-commissioned Irish-born filmmaker Duncan Campbell’s new work Make It New John.

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  • Jack B. Yeats The Living Ginger

    24 Jul. - 26 Sep. 2010 / This exhibition is an exploration of Yeats beginnings as an artist in the watercolour medium and it examines themes and techniques which developed throughout his career.

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  • Dorm

    01 May - 04 Jul. 2010 / The Model re-opens May Day with the vibrant exhibition Dorm.

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