21 Oct. 2016

The Allingham Festival

Here at The Model, we like to think of ourselves as your number one Arts institute. Indeed, we like to believe that we cater to all your artistic/cultural/ entertainment needs and that the relationship you have with us is well…exclusive. Alas, we know that not to be the case. To have your needs met, you, our adoring public, must see other Arts institutions. As much as it pains us, we try to understand. It is only when we are faced with an institution playing host to a festival, exhibition or event so fantastic, that your straying away becomes a bit justifiable and thus the sting of your betrayal becomes that little less painful.

There are many great festivals and events to cheat on us with but the one that we feel is of special note, is The Allingham Festival. The Allingham Festival takes place in The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal from Thursday, Nov. 3 to Sunday Nov. 6. With an eclectic mixture of workshops, lectures and concerts, The Allingham boosts something for everyone. Past years have gained the festival a reputation for hosting a unique collection of artists and acts and this year is sure not to disappoint.

Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include but are not limited to: A lecture on the refugee crisis by investigative reporter, Valerie Cox, a workshop with Model favorites, ‘FAB LAB,’ a professional development workshop with the Irish Writers’ Centre and Anne Enright, Man Booker prize winner and Laureate for Irish Fiction, will take part in a public interview with Sinéad Gleeson (‘The Book Show’ on RTE). Topics for discussion will include Enright’s novel ‘The Green Road’ and her other writing, the Laureateship, and the state of writing in Ireland today. Plus, Former Board member and great friend of The Model, Kieran Quinn, will be Headlining The Allingham concert with special guest reader, Anne Enright.

For more information or tickets for any of The Allingham Festival events are available on The Allingham website: www.allinghamfestival.com

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Rebecca Kennedy

20 Oct. 2016

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust comes to The Model, Sligo

Mary Grehan and Claire Meaney, Arts Directors of one of Ireland’s leading Arts and Health programme, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), are coming to Sligo for a three-day residency at The Model from 25th – 27th October.

Established in 1993 and based at University Hospital Waterford, WHAT supports the development of arts and health practice in Ireland through training, advice and artsandhealth.ie, the national arts and health website. Between them Mary and Claire have over 25 years experience of curating arts programmes in a range of healthcare settings including acute hospitals and mental health settings.

During their time at the Model, Mary and Claire will share their experience of running arts and health programmes via free advice clinics on 26 October in the Gallery Café at The Model and visit similar programmes in the North West. They will also facilitate an Introduction to Arts & Health, a one day training programme for artists and healthcare professionals who are new to the area of arts and health.

The residency will conclude with the launch of An Introduction of Arts and Health // 10 Things to Consider , a short publication by Mary Grehan which describes the various aspects of arts and health practice, offers guidelines for good practice and signposts readers to further information. This will take place at The Model at 5pm on Thursday, 27th October. All are welcome to attend.

An Introduction of Arts and Health // 10 Things to Consider will be launched by Niamh O’Connor an artist and arts coordinator for the Arts Initiative in Mental Health, a programme of Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services.

In the words of Mary Grehan, Arts Director of WHAT, ‘Sligo County Council was the first local authority in Ireland to publish an arts and health strategy and in the light of this and the personal relationships we have built up over the years in the north west, we are very much looking forward to our residency at The Model. This is not just about sharing our experience but also being inspired and reinvigorated by the work of others in the field of arts and health.’
If you are interested in meeting Mary and Claire during their residency at The Model, please e-mail info@artsandhealth.ie to book your place.
For more information on the work of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust / artsandhealth.ie phone 051-842664 or see www.waterfordhealingarts.com and www.artsandhealth.ie.

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Rebecca Kennedy

18 Oct. 2016

My Pick - Barbara Breitenfellner

What really struck me about ‘Johnny Patterson singing Bridget Donoghue’ is that it is so far removed from the aesthetic of the rest of the exhibition, Painted Universe. The other paintings seem pretty conventional in comparison and when I saw this I was really thrilled. The desperate violence of the face reminded me of The Scream by Edvard Munch, but also of the photographic series of monstrous clowns by Cindy Sherman. It is a face falling apart in horror. Then you look at the title and see, ‘Johnny Patterson singing Red O’ Donohue’.

When you think of a singing clown, it sounds kind of nice you know. A clown is a kind of a children’s entertainer. But then you examine this painting and that concept completely flips. I found it fascinating how he treats the paint. I think that it ventures so far from his usual style, the way that he is using the brush and really going into the paint by stirring it. Also, you have to examine the way he uses colour. Particularly yellow, which is one of the brightest, sunniest colours that you can imagine. But here, Yeats’ is mixing it with all these dark colors until it becomes contaminated. Transforming it into a dirty yellow, that, in the context of this painting, is utterly sad. It shows a remarkable depth of despair.

When I was researching this painting, I came across a text by Roisin Kennedy on The Model’s website. The text stated that the painting was inspired by Yeats’ first memory of seeing the clown perform but he was also reflecting on the role of the artist, which made complete sense to me. The clown is standing before an audience, trying to entertain them and I think that is a great image. In that sense Yeats’ painting could be read as a distorted, absurd and ironic representation of exhibiting art and being an artist.

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14 Oct. 2016

Beneath the Air II: Glow (playlist)

To mark the second show of ‘Beneath The Air,’ The Model’s new curated music series, Edel Doherty has compiled a playlist of songs that stem from the musical vein of the bands involved in the series.

All the bands and artists featured in this playlist hail from both sides of the border, so think of this as your informal introduction to Ireland’s diverse musical scene.

Featuring both Nocturnes and The Darkling Air, this Saturday’s co-headliners, the playlist will provide you with a taster of what ‘Beneath the Air’ has to offer. So sit back, plug in and enjoy rich folk, dark experimental soundscapes and and an oh so beautiful myriad of voices.

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29 Sep. 2016

Beneath the Air: Light and Dark (playlist)

Beneath the Air is a new music series taking place in The Model curated by two local independent record labels Bluestack Records and Art for Blind Records. Showcasing emerging artists from the island of Ireland, the series will commence with The Altered Hours from Cork and Belfast’s Sea Pinks this Saturday 1 October. These two bands represent the vibrance of Irelands diy music scene each having released LPs and singles and toured extensively across Ireland and Europe.

The Altered Hours are a five-piece based in Cork, their music evokes dark psych/shoegaze and elements of post-punk. They arrive in Sligo in what has been their busiest period in the band’s life; they released their debut LP “In Heat Not Sorry” in January on Art for Blind/Penske and then embarked on an extensive tour of Ireland, UK and Europe. They then hit the road again over the summer taking in many of the country’s top festival’s including Body & Soul, Castlepalooza and Electric Picnic. Internationally they have played at Lisbon Psych Fest, Cosmosis Manchester and Liverpool Psych Fest.

Co-headlining are Sea Pinks, the solo project of Neil Brogan, which he started while he was the drummer in Girls Names and then morphed into a it’s own entity with a full line-up of three having been joined by Davey Agnew on drums and Steven Henry on bass. Sea Pinks create jangly fuzz pop with a nostalgic edge and have been likened to “The Go-Betweens if they were born in a colder climate” (Clash magazine). Sea Pinks have released five full-length LPs and various singles and EPs on Brogan’s own imprint CF Records.

So as to whet your appetite for Saturday night, we here at The Model have collated a playlist for you to bang out of your stereo… or computer speakers! Featuring tracks from both The Altered Hours and Sea Pinks and veritable rag-tag ensemble of similar Irish and international acts of today and yesteryear including Girls Names, So Cow, Twinkranes, Singapore Sling, My Bloody Valentine and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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15 Sep. 2016

Culture Night 2016 at The Model

The Model will be celebrating Culture night 2016 in its usual elegant fashion. For you, our dear public, we are presenting and playing host to some top-notch events and workshops. Where to begin with this list of heart- racing affairs is this bloggers first world problem of the day. The celebrations kicks off at 5pm on Friday the 16th of September and end roughly at 10pm. During these hours you will be enthralled, baffled and entertained by the following acts and exhibitions:

The Miniature Theatre at The Model presents a magical evening of story-telling!

5.00pm – 7.15pm

The Model has commissioned Wayne O’Connor, a local illustrator to develop a unique set-design for this year’s Oiche Cultur children’s event. O’Connor, a talented Sligo- based artist, has been busy working on original artwork and set-design for the miniature theatre that will animate The Model’s bi-lingual storytelling event, Cití Cailleach, taking place from 5pm on Culture Night, the 16th of September.
The set was inspired by both “The Toy Theatre,” by Jack B. Yeats and his well-documented love of Victorian theatre. The notorious artist, who lived in Devon in the early 1900’s, crafted miniature theatre’s to keep the local children entertained. For more info, click here.

Jack B Yeats; Painted Universe – Exhibition

5.00pm – 10.00pm

While still on the topic of Jack B. Yeats, I thought it only fitting that “Painted Universe” come next on the agenda. “Painted Universe” is an exhibition that charts Yeats’ development from his earliest pen & ink illustrations to his last great, epic oils. This exhibition allows us to study Yeats’ oeuvre, revealing his abiding interest in people. Often depicted as ‘everymen’ or as archetypes of a particular emotion or characteristic, the figures of the clown, the singer, the sailor, the street seller, and the wayfarer were reoccurring characters throughout his work. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. “Painted Universe” is closing on the 17th of September so Culture Night is the last night to see the exhibition. Well, if it was good enough for Bowie…..

Ghosts of Other Stories – Preview of Exhibition

5.00 pm – 7pm

The Model is delighted to partner with the British Council in this centenary year of the 1916 Rising on an exhibition drawn from the British Council Collection. On Culture Night, The Model will be holding a preview of the exhibition. Pieces by internationally known artists such as Tomma Abts, Ed Atkins, Bank, Tacita Dean, Ryan Gander, Graham Gussin and many more will be on display.

Ghosts of Other Stories explores works within the British Council Collection where threads of lost stories or forgotten histories flash momentarily into the light. Each work has at its heart an elusive or mysterious quality that speaks of a story passing into history – untold, unheard or interrupted.

Kaleidoscope Night – Musical Tour

7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

A fascinating musical experience will take place in The Model in collaboration with Con Brio on Culture Night 2016. “Kaleidoscope Night” is a Dublin based salon music series that will see an eclectic mix of musicians perform in various spaces around the venue. Acts such as classical guitarist Redmond O’Toole, fiddle player and composer Claudia Schwab, flautist Linda Andonovska and multi-instrumentalists Shahab and Shayan Coohe will perform in various spaces throughout the building.
The audience will be led on a tour from one musical ‘happening’ to the next, and each tour will take approximately one hour. This journey of melodious discovery can be joined at any time and will be presented 3 times over the course of the evening between 7-10pm.

Pulled – Workshop and Music

5.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Pulled will be hosting a pop-up print workshop where visitors for Culture Night will get the opportunity to roll- up their sleeves and take part in a live art experience. Guests will be invited to print their very own super-cool tote bag using a pre-prepared screen print set-up, which they can show off to all their friends. When bragging it is advised to casually exclude any mention of pre-prepared screen prints so unknowing friends may be deceived into believing that you are actually a very humble, secretive creative genius. To make this deal even sweeter, the workshop will be soundtracked on vinyl by Turn It On.

Open Studio

5.00 pm – 9.00 pm

The studio artists of The Model will be opening their doors to the public. The artists in attendance will be on hand to greet the public and talk them through their creative process. This event gives the public a symbolic key-card to wander freely between the studios and get to know the artists behind the work. For any of those interested in the lives of artists and their work, this is an event not to be missed. It is a rare opportunity for a light-hearted interrogation on the innermost workings of the artistic mind. Questions are welcomed and will be answered in full, leaving no air of mystery or stone unturned.

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13 Sep. 2016

The Miniature Theatre at The Model presents a magical evening of story-telling!

5.00pm – 7.15pm

The Model has commissioned Wayne O’Connor, a local illustrator to develop a unique set-design for this year’s Oiche Cultur children’s event. O’Connor, a talented Sligo- based artist, has been busy working on original artwork and set-design for the miniature theatre that will animate The Model’s bi-lingual storytelling event, Cití Cailleach, taking place from 5pm on Culture Night, the 16th of September. Here at The Model, we are so excited for the debut of O’ Connor’s designs that we have decided to tantalize you all (we are known to be teases in that regard) with a few sneak previews of the artist’s illustrations. We hope that you are as impressed with them as we are!

Earlier this year, The Model collaborated with students from The Performing Arts Department, IT Sligo to create a striking replica of the toy theatre, featured in the well-loved painting The Toy Theatre (1906) by Jack B Yeats. The bespoke miniature theatre developed by the Sligo students was a beautiful homage to Yeats’ painting but now the torch has been passed to O’Conner and we can’t wait to see the finished piece!

The idea behind commissioning the theatre was inspired both by Jack B. Yeats’ ‘The Toy Theatre,’ which is a permanent piece in The Niland Collection, and the artist’s well known love of miniature theatre. The notorious artist, who lived in Devon in the early 1900’s, crafted miniature theatre’s to keep the local children entertained. He produced a series of plays featuring pirates, seafarers and a legion of circus characters. He carefully documented these miniature theatre productions, compiling notebooks full of set design notes, watercolour and ink cardboard cutout characters, illustrated by play-scripts and written in green ink. Seriously, did the man ever sleep?

In keeping with the spirit of Victorian entertainment, we invite you to join us on Culture Night at 5pm for an evening of dark and comical storytelling using our newly commissioned miniature theatre set. Come and be enchanted by this hilarious tale of a mischievous witch called Cití Cailleach, who adores everything black. However, she does find herself in a spot of trouble with her black cat Smúróg! The tale of Cití Cailleach, from the series Winnie the Witch, written by Valerie Thomas, has been translated into the Irish language by Liam Mac Cóil. These sessions are suitable for children ages 5-11 years. Children under 5 years are very welcome but must be accompanied by parents/guardians. This is a bi-lingual event and is performed in both the English and Irish language. This event has been generously supported and funded by Foras na Gaeilge.

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24 Aug. 2016

David Bowie's Jack B. Yeats up for auction

The Model is home to a substantial collection of Jack B. Yeats’ work. “Painted Universe” an exhibition of Yeats’ paintings and “A Broadside”, are currently on display at The Model. Although we possess a significant amount of Yeats’ work we do not, regrettably, have it all. The Model houses 50 of the artist’s oil paintings, a relatively small portion of the 1300 paintings in his entire body of work. The majority of Yeats’ oeuvre has been snapped up by various public art institutions, so that they may remain in public view, while others have been purchased by private collector’s, often never to see the light of day again.

It is always a curious, delightful surprise when a painting once thought lost, resurfaces in the public domain. It is even more curious when said painting comes from the collection of one of the biggest artists in history. “Sleep Sound”, by Jack. B Yeats (1955) an Oil-on-canvas, valued at up to £180,000, was owned by the late David Bowie. Bowie – an avid art collector with a keen taste for modern and cotemporary American and British Art – purchased “Sleep Sound” anonymously in 1993 at Sotheby’s for £45,500. The painting was previously owned by a private art collector, Eleanor de Bretteville Reid, an American who bought the painting for just £600, from the Waddington Gallery in London in the 1950s.

The painting was created in 1955 and is typical of the wild, abstract style that Yeats’ developed in his later years. According to numerous media reports, the painting depicts two figures lying on a moor beneath a heavy sky. The merging of these figures, to the sky and land, is a not too removed from the composition and style of “Leaving Far Point”, perhaps the most infamous of Sligo’s publicly owned Niland collection.

Just some of the artists claiming a space in Bowie’s enormous art collection are Damien Hirst, Frank Auerbach and Henry Moore. While certain pieces of the collection will be retained by Bowie’s surviving relatives, the remaining pieces will be up for auction. The collection is estimated to raise £10 million although it is expected that Bowie’s more enthusiastic and financially sound fans may cause a bidding war.

On the topic of Sleep Sound Bowie remarked: “I have a painting of his of two bums lying on a hillside, sleeping. The apocryphal story is that it was one of the paintings which influenced Samuel Beckett when he was writing ‘Waiting For Godot’, which I’d love to believe. “

On Jack B. Yeats, Bowie said: “There’s something about the life and death motifs in his work that maybe are not dissimilar. Just to have that kind of work around me, I find, influences me tremendously.”

“Sleep Sound”– and some others from Bowie’s collection – wil be exhibited in Ireland for four days from September 1st at the RHA Gallery, Dublin.

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Rebecca Kennedy

23 Aug. 2016

New Chairperson appointed at 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 Dr Bláithín Gallagher to the role of Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

A passionately motivated social scientist with a strong interest in equality, ageing, disability and gender, Dr Gallagher has many years of experience in research and management, both in the academic and not for profit sector. She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious, highly sought after fellowships, (HRB & Marie Curie). With a strong record in successful funding applications, strategic planning and implementation on a national and international level, The Model is delighted to bring Dr Gallagher’s experience and expertise to the board. She is currently Vice President of the European Network for Vision Impairment Training, Education and Research (ENVITER), and a member of the executive committee of the European Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ESLRR). She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK (HEA).

Bláíthín has a long association with the arts having studied Communications and Media studies at undergraduate level and has keen interest in visual art, film, photography, creative writing, music and current affairs. She has been editor of the Leitrim Guardian journal since 2010, an annual snapshot of life and culture in County Leitrim, first published in 1968.

Commenting on the announcement, Acting Director Emer McGarry said: “Everyone at The Model is over the moon with Bláithín’s appointment and we look forward to working with her as Chair of the Board of Directors.”

Bláithín stated that she is delighted with the appointment and is looking forward to working with all involved to steer The Model over the next number of years. “I am very excited about the challenges ahead. To have the opportunity to build on the hard work and dedication of former board members and the many local people who have made The Model one of the most outstanding spaces for contemporary culture in the country, is something I particularly relish. I look forward to working with the staff and board, our local and regional artists, audiences and all of The Model’s stakeholders to build a strong future for this special institution”.

Dr Gallagher will take up her new position as chairperson with immediate effect.

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Rebecca Kennedy

18 Aug. 2016

Soundtrack to an exhibition - a special playlist to Elizabeth Price

The Elizabeth Price exhibition draws to a close very soon, on the 28th of August, no less. For your listening pleasure, Edel Doherty (primarily) and Rebecca Kennedy (a little) have composed a playlist to accompany the exhibition. In a fitting homage to Price’s artistic process, the selected tracks have been painstakingly hunted down from the furthest corners of YouTube.

When selecting these tracks we delved into Price’s past as a member of the 80’s twee-pop band Tallulah Gosh. Of course, the best of the bands tracks are included on the playlist. Price, who sang vocals and played guitar in the notorious band, discussed her time in the music industry with Declan long at the launch of the exhibition. You may have a listen to said talk by clicking the link below.

The playlist begins with the three tracks that Price used in her films – Shangri La’s ‘Out on the Streets’ (The Woolworths Choir of 1979), Crystal Gayle ‘Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ (K) and A-ha ‘Take On Me’ (User Group Disco) which launches us into such musical territories as twee-pop, post-punk, garage-rock and electronica.

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