14 Feb. 2019

Valentine's Day at The Model

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we are bringing you a series of three paintings from the Niland Collection that capture love in all its glory. These paintings are currently on show in the exhibition, The Keeper; To have and to hold. This exhibition will continue until 14. Apr.

Stephen and Mary Mc Kenna, 1912 by Mary Duncan

This portrait, which depicts the writer and translator Stephen Mc Kenna (1872–1934), and his American wife Mary, was painted at their home 5 Seaview Terrace, Donnybrook, Dublin by Mary Duncan. Lazing in the backyard on a balmy day, the painting captures the comfort and intimacy the couple shared.

William and Mary, 1946 by Sean Keating

Keating’s first visit to the Aran Islands in 1914 had a deep impact on his life and art. He concluded that the essence of Irishness resided in the inhabitants of the west and in works such as William and Mary where Keating elevated country folk to native nobility. This couple, that may or may not have existed due to Keating’s penchant for re-using his model’s images throughout his work, is possibly the artist’s understanding of an Irish relationship.

Leaving Far Point, 1946 by Jack B. Yeats

Jack Yeats gave this painting to his wife Cottie on her birthday in 1947. Sadly, she passed away just two months later. It shows Yeats, Cottie and his favourite uncle, George Pollexfen, walking at Rosses Point, on the north side of Sligo bay. As George had passed away in 1910, the painting is a merging of memories and desire, bringing together the two most important people in Yeats’ life. In the painting the figures are almost subsumed into the surrounding sea and sky, their forms tenuously delineated in paint, in a manner analogous to the weakness of memory itself.

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Rebecca Kennedy

1 Feb. 2019

February in Film

This February, The Model presents a selection of world-class films that is sure to please cinephiles of all ages. As well as partnering with Sligo Film Society to bring the very best in foreign film to Sligo audiences, The Model’s Secondary School Film programme is back! The Model is also delighted to present #EUandME, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Eclipse Pictures. This exciting new series of shorts directed by E.U. filmmakers will explore key challenges that facing the European union today. Have your say after the screening in the ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’ – a public panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films.

First up is The Model’s Secondary School Film programme which explores multi-cultural cinematic themes and film in secondary school curricula. On 04. Feb, senior-level French students are invited to attend a screening of Keeper, (2015), an award-winning drama that tells the tale of a teenage couple who must deal with their parents and everyday life when life takes an unpredictable turn. Secondary School Film Screenings are presented in association with IFI Education and are offered at a subsidized rate of €4 per student.

The first February offering from Sligo Film Society comes in the form of a Turkish, French, German and Bulgarian collaboration called ‘The Wild Pear Tree,’ (07. Feb). Upon returning home from college to his Turkish hometown, aspiring writer Sinan discovers that his father’s gambling addiction has brought the family to the brink of financial ruin. Palme d’Or winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan delivers another piece of intelligent and beautiful cinema, which is also a life-affirming and frequently funny meditation on life and the choices people make.

On Valentine’s day, German-made ‘The Captain,’ (14. Feb) takes us back to April 1945: just weeks before the end of World War II. German private Willi Herold is on the run after deserting his post. He happens upon an abandoned vehicle containing a captain’s uniform. Initially putting the outfit on for warmth, he soon finds himself mistaken for an officer with unquestioned power. But how far will he take the impersonation…spend Valentine’s evening at The Model Cinema to find out.

Don’t miss Robert Redford in ‘The Old Man and the Gun’ (21. Feb). This American heist film boasts a powerful performance from Redford who portrays real-life career criminal Forrest Tucker, an unrepentant bank robber out for his last taste of glory.

The final film of February is an Australian production that is being screened across Irish cinemas as a part of the prestigious Dublin International Film Festival tour. ‘The Merger,’ (28.Feb) tells the story of a former star footballer who returns to his hometown only to find his political views aren’t welcome. When he is persuaded to take over coaching the struggling local footy team, his idea to recruit refugees to make up the numbers takes the community on a journey of change.

Last but not least is #EUandME. with screenings for both schools and the public, The Model presents #EUandME, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Eclipse Pictures. #EUandME, (28. Feb) is a special free screening of five short films exploring key challenges from sustainability, to mobility and rights. Directed by leading filmmakers drawn from across the European Union, #EUandMe is a “timely exploration of some of the most pressing issues of our time”. The screening will be followed by a ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’ – a public panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films. Speakers will be announced closer to the date. An early screening for school students will take place at 11.30am and a general public screening will take place at 6pm.

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Rebecca Kennedy

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31 Jan. 2019

Susan Hillar 1940 - 2019

Everyone at The Model would like to express their deep sadness at the death of Susan Hiller this week. Susan was one of the brightest minds and most wonderful artists of our time, and it was a pleasure to work with her on the presentation of her retrospective exhibition here at The Model in 2014. Inspired by postcards, place-names, automatic writing and newspaper articles, Susan probed questions of memory, loss, the subconscious and the uncanny, in a practice she described as ‘paraconceptual’. Through her work, she shone a light on what else might be possible in this world. It was wonderful to be back in touch with Susan over recent months, and her poetic and poignant work, The Last Silent Movie, will be on view at The Model 9 Feb-14 April. We are all very pleased to be able to celebrate her remarkable contribution to the visual arts through its presentation.

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Emer McGarry

29 Jan. 2019

‘Not Consent’ Exhibition Comes to Sligo

An event is coming to the North West this month to create awareness around the issue of consent. The exhibition called ‘Not Consent’ will take place in IT Sligo and display items of clothing worn by victims when they were sexually assaulted as well as hearing from a number of speakers.

The organiser of the event Ruth Maxwell decided to bring the event to the region in the wake of surviving her own experience of assault. Attacked by a man with a hunting knife on her way to work in Dublin on May 16, 2016, Ruth successfully managed to stop the assailant by grabbing the weapon in her own hand, causing gruesome injuries but managing to free herself. The case played a key role in a garda investigation linking this incident to two other attacks on women in the area and resulted in a conviction against the man for all three incidents.

Hosted in IT Sligo, the project is in collaboration with Sligo Rape Crisis Centre, Priscilla Grainger of SDVII, The Model Sligo and Survivors with Biros among other organisations. “The event was inspired by the photo exhibition Katherine Cambareri did for her thesis of clothing worn by sexual assault and rape victims as well as my love of art and my own personal experience. I wanted to bring this powerful message to life to create awareness around the issue of consent and I am delighted to be bringing this exhibition to Sligo with a number of incredible organisations.” Said organiser Ruth Maxwell.

‘Not Consent’ will run in IT Sligo on Tuesday, January 29th in The Concourse between 3pm-7pm.

For more information please contact:
Ruth Maxwell
Email – ruthbmaxwell@googlemail.com

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Rebecca Kennedy

25 Jan. 2019

Australia Day chat with our resident Australian

To celebrate Australia day, we caught up with our resident Australian, Fiona Timoney, to ask her to choose her favourite piece in the Niland collection and explain why she finds it compelling.

Although I had heard of Jack B and W.B Yeats before I moved to Ireland, I didn’t know that their father, John Butler Yeats, was a brilliant artist. What I like about these drawings is the focus that John Butler has put on his daughters Lily and Lolly. The detail is exquisite and really brings out their personalities. They’re timeless; they could have been drawn yesterday. The works remind me of my favourite Australian artist, Norman Lindsay.

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Rebecca Kennedy

29 Dec. 2018

Exhibition Programme - 2019

The Model Sligo announces a programme of exhibitions for 2019 with a special focus on The Niland Collection as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of its foundation.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of The Niland Collection, The Model proudly presents a major exhibition that considers art collections as living repositories of thoughts and ideas. The Keeper; To have and to hold is an ambitious show that features over 150 artworks by 65 Irish and international artists, working across more than 100 years of history reflected in artistic practice.

The exhibition considers why we are drawn to collect, how collections can communicate the concerns of past cultures to contemporary minds, and what can be lost if a collection is dispersed. The Keeper; To have and to hold poses these questions through three distinct strands of inquiry, featuring works that ponder art historical narratives by four distinguished international contemporary artists – Ed Atkins, Susan Hiller, Taus Makhacheva and Elizabeth Price.

Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope, Dagestan, 2015. 58.10 min., video, colour, sound.

Another central element of The Keeper; To have and to hold will take the form of an ‘exhibition within an exhibition’ of the idiosyncratic private collection of curator and collector Jobst Graeve. The Graeve Collection can be viewed through the lens of the Folkwang principle that originated with Karl Ernst Osthaus in early twentieth century Germany, which advocated an approach to the arts as a unified whole, rather than divided into separate disciplines. Graeve’s collection includes the work of a host of Irish and international artists, designers, makers, and performers, many of whom he has had a longstanding relationship with since their early careers.

The final strand of The Keeper; To have and to hold will see The Model present a new large-scale exhibition of The Niland Collection featuring over 100 works in an experimental ‘salon-hang’, which will represent the biggest showcase of The Niland Collection to date and will be on view throughout 2019 and beyond.

The Keeper; To have and to hold opens with a celebratory reception on Sat. 9 Feb. Further details and associated events will be announced in early 2019.

Building on partnerships with The Museum De Buitenplaats, The Goethe Institut Irland, and Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, The Model will also present exhibitions from Torsten Lauschmann, Maria Loboda, and Richard Bolhuis, as well as the open submission show Cairde Visual in 2019.

In April, The Model in partnership with the Museum De Buitenplaats and with the support of the Mondriaan Funds, will present a solo exhibition by visual artist, musician and composer Richard Bolhuis. This unique artist will create original pieces for The Model through an immersive, interdisciplinary ‘total installations’. Composed of paintings, drawings, soundscapes and film-loops, this installation will spread over The Model’s windows, walls, floors and outdoor spaces to create a transformed and immersive audience experience.

The Model is delighted that summer will see the presentation of the third year of our partnership with the Cairde Sligo Arts Festival on their annual open submission exhibition. In August, The Model will present Glasgow-based German artist, Torsten Lauschmann’s first Irish solo exhibition. Lauschmann’s work, notable for its innovative approach, includes photography, sound, video, online projects, performance, and installation.

Made using a range of materials, found objects, and technological processes, his works cannot be categorized and deliberately avoid the notion of a signature style or appearance. Instead, Lauschmann is interested in delving into the fundamentals of life and human nature – resulting in artworks that range from the melancholic, poetic and romantic; to the theoretical and the absurd.

German-born Lauschmann, who now lives and works in Glasgow has received many accolades and awards for his work. In 2003 he was selected for Zenomap, the Scottish Participation at the Venice Biennale and he received a BAFTA nomination for his video work ‘Remember things before they happen’.

In the final exhibition of 2019, The Model welcomes back Polish-born artist Maria Loboda, an outstanding contemporary practitioner with a strong international reputation, who previously participated in The Model’s seminal group exhibition, Psychic Lighthouse, at The Model in 2015.

With delicious anarchy, the work of Maria Loboda investigates the trafficking between the object and the spirit, rationality and magic. Loboda sees reality and the material world as a universe of connected signs and meanings. She investigates the connections between material things, the spiritual realm, rationality and mysticism.

Her solo exhibition at The Model will further pursue her ongoing artistic explorations into the archaic concepts of diverse belief systems, the transcendental ideas of the human soul and the wholeness of their manifestations in arcane objects, archaeology, architecture, religion and art.

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7 Dec. 2018

Christmas at The Model: What's on?

The Model is delighted to announce a festive programme of events, exhibitions and classes sure to keep the whole family entertained throughout the Christmas season. The run-up to Christmas will see the return of beloved Model favourites like Sligo Global Kitchen, A History of Play, and a sold-out Family Day Christmas Special, as well as our contemporary art programme, and a children’s free secret seasonal screening.

To feed the kid’s festive fun, bring them along to a free secret movie screening at 1.30pm, on December 16th. Ping Pong Diplomacy, an interactive art piece by Mark Clare is also situated in The Model foyer if you fancy challenging the family to a tournament this Christmas!

Sligo Global Kitchen will be holding their final event of the year on Saturday, December 15th. As this is the last event of 2018, SGK has promised a BIG BANG featuring Christmas flavours from El Salvador, music by The Sligo Gospel Choir, DJ Magictunez and our Syrian friends from Ballaghadereen. Music kicks off at 3pm, with food following at 4pm.

Sligo Global Kitchen are also holding an information session by Akidwa and IOM on “Reaching out, Becoming Inclusive,’ which will take place from 12pm to 1.30pm. Attendees are welcome to drop in at any stage. Everyone is welcome, and the events are free (with donations appreciated), so bring family and friends to break bread with the wider Sligo community.

The Models galleries are open with Chris Doris; The Empty Field, Eammon O Kane; a History of Play and, Yeats; Portrait of a Family. Kids will enjoy exploring Eamon O’Kanes ‘A History of Play’ throughout December. This interactive exhibition, inspired by the work of Kindergarten founder Frederick Frobel, is a colourful wonderland that encourages imagination and learning.

Chris Doris; The Empty Field, is a unique and personally intimate gallery experience which draws on the Mayo based artist’s distinctive synthesis of practices in psychotherapy, art and meditation. This striking exhibition will remain open until January 27th 2019.

Yeats; Portrait of a Family, provides an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists featuring work newly acquired from the Yeats Family sale and now on long-term loan to The Niland Collection. This exhibition was extended by popular demand and will come to close on December 16th 2018 so be sure to see this wonderful exhibition before it’s too late.

Keep Christmas cultured with Sligo Film Society’s final screening for 2018 – director John Carroll Lynch’s ‘Lucky’, featuring actor Harry Dean is on show at 8pm on December 13th.

Why not take up a new hobby this December? Graphite & Easel, a peer-led life drawing class, open to beginner’s takes place from 10.30am to 1.00pm every Friday until December 21st.
The Model will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Mon 24, Tue. 25, Wed. 26 & Thu. 27 Dec. We will be open again Fri. 28 & Sat 29 Dec. 10.30am – 3.30pm. The Model will then be closed for New Year’s celebrations on Sun. 30, Mon. 31 Dec, Tue. 1 Jan. Our regular schedule will return on Wed. 2 Jan

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Rebecca Kennedy

27 Nov. 2018

'Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know' - A contemplation of John Yeats

In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, Colm Tóibín’s new non-fiction book, the Enniscorthy writer turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland’s greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. To celebrate the extension of Yeats; Portrait of a Family, The Model’s seminal exhibition that celebrates the life and work of the Yeats family, we thought it may be an interesting exercise to take a look at the exhibition through the lens of John Yeats and the influence he had on his children.

John Yeats spent much of his life as an impoverished artist. Though a trained barrister, John Yeats gave up law, instead he turned to painting. This move proved hazardous for his family, who struggled financially as a consequence of their father’s choice. John had six children with his wife, Susan Pollexfen. Their four surviving children were William, Susan, Elizabeth and Jack.

John, a famously restless spirit, was the son of a Co Down Church of Ireland rector He was a prize-winning student at Trinity and went on to become a barrister. Though accomplished, he did not settle into the legal world – often sketching in court, for example – and, to the alarm of his wife’s family, decided to abandon law and become an artist. Portraiture suited his lively temperament, his inveterate interest in people and his appetite for conversation. His subjects included many of the leading figures in Irish cultural life at the time. Technically he was more than capable, though in a significant proportion of his work he can come across as an underachiever, unsure of how to resolve a painting. Although given to moments of self-doubt, rather than feeling overawed by the respective achievements of his two sons, he genuinely felt that his talents were more than the equal of theirs, in both artistic and literary spheres.

In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, it is interesting to view the complex relationships between one of the most artistic families in the English language and their father, but also illustrates the surprising ways they surface in their work. For John, his influence on his children came in a surprising form. After his move to New York, at the age of 68, his influence on his son’s poetry came to be profound; safely at a distance in the US, it was possible for him to write to William often, and fervently, about his work. Whether Jack, who had also become a painter, took direct and deliberate inspiration from his father remains a mystery. While William noted that his father was a ‘brilliant letter-writer’, Jack was much more inclined to claim Sligo County as the main source of his inspiration rather than the father he helped to support till John Butler’s death in 1922.

In the Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, Tóibín remarked that “In this world of sons, fathers become ghosts and shadows and fictions. They live in memories and letters, becoming more complex, fulfilling their sons’ needs as artists, standing out of the way.” Whether John B. Yeats fulfilled his sons needs as artists is a mystery lost in time. He did, however, cast a very long shadow.

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Rebecca Kennedy

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9 Nov. 2018

Assistant Curator delivers talk on Evie Hone

Recently at The Model our Assistant Curator Heike Thiele gave a fascinating talk on Irish artist Evie Hone for one of Sligo’s local schools. The school were interested in Evie Hone as they had come across her stained glass windows in their religion class.

The children were given a chance to look at her work up close and personal in our education room as her print Dominican Saint which is part of The Niland Collection was specially set up for their visit.
They also learnt about Evie Hones life and about the artists that influenced her, like the Italian artist Giotto whose frescos in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua started her interest in Religious Art.

The student’s learnt how Evie approached making art and how she would first draw preliminary sketches and try scale studies before making the finished piece. They also found out what went into the making of the stained glass windows by watching the documentary Hallowed Fire which was also set up in the education room as part of this unique experience.

If your school is interested in The Niland collection or Gallery Tours, please phone The Model on 071 914 1405

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Barry McHugh

5 Oct. 2018

Navá is set to return to Sligo for one night only

We are thrilled that Navá will be holding a concert here on Sat. 13 Oct. Those who attended Culture Night 2016 will fondly remember Iranian brother’s Shahab and Shayan Coohe from their arresting performance with Kaleidoscope Night at The Model. Navá, for those unfamiliar with the group, is an Irish-Persian ensemble comprised of the Coohe brothers & folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes. Both Iran and Ireland have long musical histories interweaved into their respective cultures, and Navá effortlessly intermingles these histories, to create a whimsical genre-defying sound.

Using the Santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that pre-dates the duclimer and piano) and the Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar) the Coohe brothers create music in the great Persian tradition of improvisation and composition. The traditional music of Iran is believed to be a message, a call from the artist’s innermost consciousness. Deeply intertwined with Iran’s age-old history and culture, it is an expression of the joys, loves, sorrows, efforts and struggles of life throughout the ages. Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes represent the Celtic side of the divide, keeping a punchy, traditional Irish rhythm with both the banjo and guitar.

The musical freedom of Persian melodies infused with the strict, melodic form of Irish traditional sound not only create an unexplored landscape of folk but also a totally original live performance that will be sure to leave a lasting impression. Navá’s incomparable sound has recently warranted a nomination for Best Emerging Folk Artist at the RTE Radio One Folk.

During the ensemble’s performance at The Model, Navá will be performing material from their debut album ‘Tapestry,’ as well premiering new material. Although Nava’s nationwide tour will see them perform in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Clare, Mayo, and Galway, the quartet will perform at The Model for one night and one night only, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

Navá will perform at The Model on Sat. 13 Oct., 8pm

Tickets can be purchased online or at The Model box office on 0719141405

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