17 Oct. 2014

Director's Talk

Megan Johnston, our new Director has been with us just one month and already she has inspired The Model team with her exciting vision for the organisation’s future. Last week, during a public talk, she shared that vision with the public at her first, official Director’s Talk.

With over 20 years of experience in the Visual Arts and leadership fields, Megan has worked in leading galleries and museums both in Ireland and the US in which she has curated some spectacular exhibitions. During her time at the Millenium Court Arts Centre (MCAC) in Portadown, she built the national profile of the venue with great shows. Her ‘Seeing Orange’ and ‘Orange Segments’ exhibitions put the arts centre on the map internationally.

With exciting new exhibitions and events on the horizon, Megan’s aim is to reconnect The Model locally, nationally and internationally. The assets of The Model and Sligo are also imperative to strengthening The Model’s visibility on the map. When I asked her what she thinks The Model’s assets are she listed The Niland Collection, the strength of Irish art, the artist studios and the beautiful exhibition spaces, which are ideal for poetry readings and concerts as well as showcasing exhibitions.

Megan greatly appreciates the value of a permanent collection to a gallery as it creates an identity and she compares it to like seeing old friends. So we can expect to see much more of The Niland Collection, including possibly more events and activities surrounding the collection.

Family days are also on the horizon and possibly more youth related activities, which will attract more people locally. “The Model is Your Model”, she said to the audience. With her experience, talent and passion for arts and culture we can look forward to an exciting future with our new director!

You can now listen back to Megan’s talk and hear about her experience and plans in our Artist Talk Archives Johnston.

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Erin Fox

9 Oct. 2014

The Big Draw is back!

Explore Jutta Bauer’s book The Queen of Colors with artist Kate Wilson in a magical workshop of art, storytelling and movement.

The Queen of colors, Matilda, has a color for her every mood- when she is calm she summons blue, when she is boisterous she surrounds herself with red and when she wants warmth she calls for yellow. The book conveys a veritable rainbow of emotions which children and parents will explore with paint, glue, glitter, clay, messy fun and loads more! A beautiful, memorable experience that you will treasure for years to come.

The workshops start next Wednesday the 15th of October at 11.00 am. Each session for parents and little tots aged 2- 4 runs for 1 ½ at a cost of €8. As places are limited, early booking is advised. Book here.

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Emily Whelan

1 Oct. 2014

Brand New Autumn/Winter Season at The Model

Welcome to a brand new season of events and happenings at The Model. Our Autumn/Winter event guide is out this week, featuring a jam packed programme of new exhibitions, events, music gigs, family events, workshops, cinema and more.

*Event highlights include: *

Into The Field, a new exhibition curated by Marie Louise Blaney featuring the work of Odey Curbelo, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch,Helen McMahon, Tumi Magnusson, William McKeown, Paula Stokes,Norbert Vollath and Jack B Yeats.

Directors Talk: Newly appointed Model Director Megan Johnston invites the public to join her in The Model as she discusses her vision for The Model and her curatorial practice. Thur. 16th Oct.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh: As part of a Music Network tour, Irish musician Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh joins us in Sligo for a unique journey to the heart of Irish music. Sunday 12 Oct.

The Sunday Sessions: a new music collective from Dublin featuring members of the bands Hidden Highways, The Ambience Affair, Master & Dog and The Crayon Set. Sat 8 Nov.

Sligo Film Society’s Autumn Season of cinema Every Thursday

The Big Draw: A magical series of art, movement and storytelling with artist Kate WIlson for children and their parents.

For more info, visit our exhibitions, music and events, education or film section.

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Denise Rushe

16 Sep. 2014

Studio+ feat. Helen Sharp and Simon Carman

Helen Sharp and Simon Carman will be working in the Studio+ process space from the 16th to the 20th of September. Helen and Simon will be create a collaborative collage work over the course of the week.

On Thursday the 18th at 4pm Outland Arts will be screening ‘i am here’, a short film by internationally acclaimed DJ and music producer David Holmes, shot by the legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle, with production design by Outlander Helen Sharp.

The Studio+ process space will be open for informal meeting and chatting with the artists from Thursday 18th to Friday 19th September.

As part of her residency, Outlander Helen Sharp will be playing a selection of surfer, Hawaiian, chanson and country vinyl at the invitation of Sligo’s Vinyl Culture on Culture Night at Fureys between 10 – 11.30 on 19th.

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Erin Fox

10 Sep. 2014

Sat. 13th Sept: Floating World Show & Tell Day

Floating World, as part of Studio+, will be holding a show and tell day on Saturday 13th September in Room, from 2 till 5pm, where artists from the collective will be on hand talk about the thinking behind the works, and explain how they were made.

Floating World is made up of Artists from Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, England and Japan.
Their books have been seen in a variety of contexts, from Enniskillen Town Hall to Tate Modern.

Recent exhibitions have included The University of Ulster Gallery and The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast and the Tsaritsyno Museum in Moscow.

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Erin Fox

10 Sep. 2014

The Model seeks FOH & Administration Assistant

The Model is one of Ireland’s leading centres for the contemporary arts with a varied programme of visual art, music cinema and education.

We are current recruiting participants for the following positions on our Community Employment Scheme.

Position 1: Front of House Assistant
To assist with the running of a busy reception desk, telephone switchboard and Box Office
To assist with the highest quality visitor experience
Computer literacy and experience in a service industry is essential

Position 2: Administration Assistant
To assist with planning and implementation of visual art programming
To assist with the running of an efficient office
Computer literacy is essential
A background in art or humanities is an advantage

Please note: Both positions are offered under the DAST Community Employment Scheme. Please contact your INTERO office to ensure eligibility before making an application.

Further information and CV and letters of application to annebucknell@themodel.ie

Deadline Friday 26 September

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The Model, Sligo

4 Sep. 2014

Studio+ brings Outland Arts to The Model

Diane Henshaw from Outland Arts is working in Room this week until September 05. All week the room will be open to visitors. Diane will be holding a studio tour with tea and cakes and informal meet the artist this Saturday 06 at 3pm.

Outland Arts is an artist-led organisation based in Fermanagh run by volunteers set up to promote and support the ethos of exhibiting contemporary art in rural locations and to support artists who practice involved ideas of the rural and the remote in its widest context. Artists involved must be feral at heart.

Floating World Artists Books will be holding a Show and tell day on Saturday 13 September in Room from 2-5pm. where artists from the collective will be on hand to talk about the thinking behind the works, and explain how they were made.

Helen Sharp and Simon Carman of Outland Arts will be working on Room from 16 – 20 September. Helen and Simon will be creating a collaborative work over the course of the week. On Thursday 18 at 4pm Outland Arts will be screening i am here, a short film by internationally renowned DJ and music producer David Holmes, shot by the legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle, with Production Design by Outlander Helen Sharp. Room will be open for informal meeting and chatting with the artists from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 September.

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Erin Fox

27 Aug. 2014

Artist Talks Archive

Did you miss an artist’s talk or an exhibition opening? Catch up on previous talks or relive the experience by visiting the Artist Talks Archive on our website where you can download and listen to artists in conversation.

Tune in to political cartoonist Nicholas Robinson at Yeats Day, or hear Susan Hiller at the opening of her first Irish solo exhibition, which is currently running here at The Model.

Also included in our archives is Arlene Mc Padden discussing her artistic practice. Arlene’s work can be seen as a metaphor for the discussion of integration and multiculturalism as a demographic model in western society. She uses classification as a form of process within the work, combining materials that highlight hybridisation.

Arlene, who was awarded the RDS Model Niland residency award in 2013 for her startling hybrid taxidermy work, will showcase a solo exhibition in the Hyde Bridge Gallery opening this Thursday August 28th at 7pm. The exhibition will run until September 7th.

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Erin Fox

27 Aug. 2014

Diane Henshaw at Room

Diane Henshaw from Outland Arts will be working in Room from Tuesday 02 to Friday 05 September in the first session from Studio+.

Diane graduated with her Degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 1995 and with her Masters in Fine Art from UUB in 2000 and has lived in Fermanagh for the past 12 years.
Her work is based on a process deconstructing drawing and then from fragments reassembling it in a new way with every new work. Her work takes elements of drawing, such as the line, and subjects the to the closest of scrutiny, testing them to the limits.

The process of risk taking, exploration and experimentation are underpinned by a conviction in the power of drawing as a medium, and a determination to assert its continued relevance.

Diane will be happy to talk to visitors to the space during her time in Room next week. She will also be holding a Studio tour with tea and cakes and informal meet the artist on Saturday 06 at 3pm.

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Erin Fox

21 Aug. 2014

Studio+ at the Room, The Model

Studio+ is a new initiative for Artists based in The Room project space at The Model. It will run from September to December 2014. The programme will include interventions, discussions, seminars, screenings and practical workshops. Planned events include
Outland Arts at The Model presenting: ‘Be Wild; That Is How To Clear The River
A clearing for works on-going, for gathering and for exchange’.

Floating World Artists Books will create a ‘Making Room’, where artists can develop book making techniques make books for free using materials provided. Tim Durham will be running a workshop specially designed to help artists photograph their work on Saturday 4th of October, and there will be a series of events exploring Life Drawing by the Graphite and Easel life drawing group based at the Model.

On the 27th and 28th of September Dave Lordan will be presenting ‘New Planet Cabaret’. This weekend workshop is recommended for emerging writers, artists and other creative practitioners.

For information about the programme go to http://www.themodel.ie/education or email

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Denise Rushe