18 Jul. 2014

Megan Johnston appointed as new Director of The Model

The Model, home of the Niland Collection and one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art spaces, is delighted to announce the appointment of Megan Johnston as the new Director.

Johnston is a curator, educator, and writer who utilises socially engaged curatorial practice centering on fundamental questions about art, its display, and mediation. She is interested in where sociopolitical/historical issues and creativity converge with visual culture and civil engagement.

Johnston will develop The Model’s role locally and internationally, and will expand a programme that embraces notions of locality rooted in long-term critical inquiries, cross-disciplinary practices, and contemporary visual culture. Johnston is interested in permeable spaces, with diverse activities and multiple formats, devised in collaboration with a network of local, regional, national and international organisations.

Johnston comes to The Model from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was Lecturer at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and an independent curator. Upcoming curatorial projects include work with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, http://www.weisman.umn.edu/, and MCAD.

For nearly 20 years, Johnston has worked in leading museums and galleries both in Ireland and the United States, including positions at the Walker Arts Centre, the Weisman Art Museum all in Minneapolis, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Focusing on socially engaged practice, she has curated more than 300 artists’ projects internationally.

Johnston will take up her new role in September.

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The Model, Sligo

15 Jul. 2014

The Model Seeks Applications for a Restaurant

The Model is distinctive internationally as a multi-disciplinary arts organisation led by the contemporary visual arts. The building itself is an architectural flagship housing world-class programming and initiatives.

With outstanding facilities and gallery spaces, a cinema, a world-class collection, exhibition and music programme, The Model is one of Ireland’s most unique cultural spaces.

As a cultural hub, The Model is renowned for its standards of excellence and therefore seeks excellent restaurant applicants. The Restaurant Team will provide food and drink of the highest quality; specifically gourmet, organic and locally sourced produce with well considered vegetarian options always available. The Restaurant Team is to be an extraordinary commercial operation that specialises in creative local, artisanal food (not a catering service) with an ethos that complements The Model. The Restaurant Team will cater Model events and operate as a day time and night time destination restaurant. This is an excellent facility and location with domestic and international visitors flowing through the building 6 days a week to view exhibitions and attend various entertainment events. This is a great opportunity for local businesses.

A coffee dock is also available to let as part of this package

Expressions of interest should be sent to

Restaurant Application
The Model, The Mall, Sligo

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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9 Jul. 2014

Sneak peak at Susan Hiller Exhibition

This week we are busy preparing for the opening of Susan Hiller’s first solo Irish exhibition this weekend. The installations are almost completed and here is a sneak peak of what will be revealed on Saturday!


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Erin Fox

10 Jun. 2014

The Children's Vote - Playhouse in The Model needs a new name

The Model’s Education Department are on the search for a new name for their ‘Kinderwagon’, a mobile, child friendly playhouse for children, located here in The Model.

Children from Carbury NS have been on hand to provide some of their own ideas. The voting booth is now set up at The Model’s reception area where kids and parents are invited to vote.

Prizes include a free place on The Model’s children’s summer art camp, Insect Hotel and Into The Wild, as part of the Thread Softly Festival.

The Model’s Kinderwagon was designed and developed by Gordon Ryan, chief designer at Applied Design, in response to a desire to create for young children a permanent, mobile, immersive and playful environment for children.

Voting is open until Thursday, 3rd July and the naming ceremony will take place during the Thread Softly Festival.

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Denise Rushe

9 Jun. 2014

The Model seeks Front of House & Volunteer Coordinator (CE Scheme)

The Model is seeking a Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator to assist with the management of The Model’s customer service team at our busy reception desk, and with our gallery invigilating team. The position of Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator plays a central role in supporting the maintenance of the highest standards of customer/visitor satisfaction and promotion of all events at the Model. Good communication, organisation and computer skills are key to this role. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative. A background in sales, tourism or a service industry is an advantage, as is an interest in the arts.

The position is available under the DSP Community Employment Scheme and involves nineteen and a half hours per week. The workweek will regularly include weekends and evenings.

Please confirm eligibility with your local DSP office before you submit an up-to-date CV and letter of interest to Anne Bucknell at The Model or via email to annebucknell@themodel.ie

Deadline for receipt of applications is now 5.30pm on Friday 27th June.

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Denise Rushe

8 Jun. 2014

Só Sligo Food Festival at The Model this month

Só Sligo Food and Cultural Festival kicks off this week and we’re looking forward to hosting some very delectable events and happenings at The Model.

The Lunchbox Film Screening, Thurs 12 June
In partnership with Sligo Film Society, join us at The Model for a special screening of the 2013 Hindi/English drama ‘“The Lunchbox’”:http://themodel.ie/film/the-lunchbox

*Aniar at The Model, Fri 13 June *
For one night only, Sligo diners will be able to experience the exceptional cuisine of the award winning Galway based Aniar Restaurant. As part of the SÓ Sligo Food & Cultural Festival, chef and co-founder of Aniar JP McMahon has been invited to The Model to run a pop up restaurant at The Model on Yeat’s Day, Friday June 13th. Book Tickets.

Food Talk at The Model Café, Sun 15 June
The Model Café hosts an informal presentation on the influence of food in art, literature and music and popular culture from 1 – 2pm with actor Ciarán McCauley.

Só Sligo Food Trail at The Model Café, Wed – Sun 12 – 5pm, €5
The festival’s food trail winds its way up the Mall to The Model Café where you will find West of Ireland Crab served on flattened cornbread and lemon emulsion on the menu.

See the full programme at sosligo.ie

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Denise Rushe

8 Jun. 2014

Celebrate Yeats Day at The Model this Friday June 13th

The dawn to dusk celebration of Yeats Day is on this Friday June 13th and we’re delighted to be hosting events here at The Model.

The Model is home to the Niland Collection, one of Ireland’s most significant public art collections. Begun by Nora Niland in 1959, the collection features work by many of Ireland’s most acclaimed twentieth century artists. The collection has a particular focus on the northwest of Ireland and features many artists who are linked to the area through birth, family or subject matter including Jack B Yeats, Patrick Collins, Sean McSweeney, Patrick Hall and Nick Miller. Paintings by the Yeats family are also a particular focus and the collection features almost fifty works by Jack B. Yeats, nineteen portraits by his father John Butler Yeats, as well as works by Jack’s wife Mary Cottenham Yeats, and his sister Elizabeth Yeats.

Events at The Model this Yeats Day include:

Gallery Talk with historian and illustrator Nicholas Robinson at 2pm

The Niland Collection Catalogue Book Launch at 3pm

Current Yeats exhibitions at The Model this summer include:

“The Music Has Come”, :http://themodel.ie/exhibitions/jack-b-yeats-the-music-has-come, 31 May – 30 Sept
On the occasion of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, 2014, The Model presents an exhibition of work by Jack B Yeats that looks at music as a key device in his painting.

““The Stories of Red Hanrahan”:http://themodel.ie/exhibitions/norah-mcguinness-illustrations-to-the-stories-of-red-hanrahan”, 03 June – 07 Sept
This small exhibition of McGuinness’ illustrations to William Butler Yeats’ The Stories of Red Hanrahan and the Secret Rose (1905) will mark the first time that these works have been exhibited publicly in many years.

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3 Jun. 2014

Save the Date!

The Model is excited to announce the first Irish solo exhibition with the seminal conceptual artist Susan Hiller this summer.

Hiller will be in attendance at the opening and will take part in a public discussion regarding her artistic practice with art critic Francis McKee at 5pm on Sat. 12 July.

Hiller, a highly influential artist, 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’.

Early booking for this very special event is crucial.

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Erin Fox

16 May 2014

Join our Volunteer Programme at The Model

Do you like entertainment, arts and culture? Do you have a couple of hours to spare in your week? If so The Model may have the perfect opportunity for you.

The Model is looking for people who have a few hours to spare each week to join our volunteer programme.

Volunteers working in the gallery, front of house and performance space are critical to the visitor’s experience at The Model.

Ideally, Volunteers would commit to a four hour shift per week and for one year that will be scheduled to suit. Please discuss your availability with us.

If you are interested in meeting people, getting a better understanding and experience of the arts and would like to make a worthwhile contribution to Sligo’s cultural life,
The Model would love to hear from you. For further information, visit The Model’s website www.themodel.ie, call Eve Hughes on (071) 914 1405 or email getinvolved@themodel.ie

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15 May 2014

Art Auction at The Model in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust

On Thursday 29th May, we are delighted host an auction here at The Model in aid of The Donal Parsons Trust. Hosted by renowned art auctioneer John de Vere White, the event will feature an evening of fine art, wine and canapés accompanied by music from the Sligo Academy of Music.

Andy Parsons is a well‐known artist who lives and works in Co. Sligo. In October 2013, his six year old son, Donal, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma which is a very rare children’s cancer. Donal is currently receiving 18 months of intensive treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

The Donal Parsons Trust has been set up to raise money to access any viable treatments to prevent relapse and to pay for treatments if Donal relapses. The Trust may also assist Donal and his family during his treatment. If Donal doesn’t need further treatment all proceeds will go towards fighting Neuroblastoma and to other families in similar circumstances.

Over 60 artworks have been kindly donated to this event. Some of the generous Irish artists to have given work in support of this fundraiser include Liadin Cooke, Mark Garry, Richard

Book tickets online at www.themodel.ie or contact The Model’s reception on +353 71 9141405

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Denise Rushe