17 Oct. 2017

PUNC 1x1 at Cliffoney National School

Unfolding, throughout the 2017 / 2018 academic year PUNC 1×1 is a unique county-wide outreach programme initiated by The Model and now in its second year.

Seven works from the Niland collection are currently on display in participating schools. The exhibition is shown on a rotation basis and initially the children are not given any information about the artist leaving them to respond to each art work with only their imaginations to guide them!

Punc 1×1 is off to a great start with very creative responses from Cliffoney National School, North Sligo. The mysterious painting with the “mysterious” hat has prompted the children to guess some brilliant titles for this work.

The most popular name suggestions for the piece so far: 
Hatachi
Mr. Nobody’s Hat
The Haunted Hat
The Poacher’s Hat
Hat
The Never Worn Hat
Mystery Hat
The Murder Hat
The Invisible Man’s Hat

Principle Louise Kerins said: “The experience so far has been fantastic. All pupils have engaged with the artwork and the ideas and suggestions made have been interesting and thought provoking. A number of parents have also made time to look at the artwork and are thrilled our school is part of the project.We look forward in anticipation to learning the true name for the piece and some information on the artist.“ 

Cliffoney School website

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4 Oct. 2017

High Winds Move Slowly

The Model is delighted to announce that our contemporary art exhibition High Winds Move Slowly will be extended until the 12th of November.

High Winds Move Slowly is a visual conversation between two artists on alienation, suffering, coping and the nature of life. Henk Visch expresses human suffering in his disembodied, humanoid sculptures while Arno Kramer favors escapism into an other-worldly animal realm of his own creation. This contemporary show is a must-see for the Halloween season so be sure to stop by, grab a coffee from The Model café and explore this surreal and enigmatic show.

Extended by popular demand this exhibition, which features drawing and sculptures from two of The Netherlands’ most subversive artists. So, if you haven’t had the time to stop by & check out the show; fear not, you have another month to do so.

To bring this special exhibition to a close, The Model will host a masterclass by renowned Dutch artist Arno Kramer on 31st of October. Kramer is a curator and poet, as well as a visual artist. He is the recipient of the 2015 Netherlands Artist of the Year award and he curated Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawing, a show that went on to tour in five countries. Please be sure to book your places soon, as Kramer’s masterclass is sure to sell out!

Tickets are available here

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26 Sep. 2017

Guest Blog: Barry McHugh on Oliver Laric

The following blog by locally-based artist Barry McHugh touches on important threads in the multi-media practice of artist Oliver Laric, whose film installation is currently showing at The Model (until Sunday, October 1st). Laric’s exploration of the nature of images and objects in digital space reveals the internet as not merely a space of representation, but of direct experience, as the real world is increasingly mediated by screens, and knowledge is replaced by searching. In the spirit of Laric’s practice of on-line collaborative art-making, The Model invites McHugh to write an short essay-blog on Laric.

Art is the act of transformation and Oliver Laric is interested in the modification of icons, or their potential to adapt. There is a Hollywood quality to the catharsis of an icon. His favourite sculpture is a justice in Basel that used to be a virgin with child. Jesus was simply replaced with a scale during reformation iconoclasm and all the spiritual connotations were substituted by a more pragmatic ideology. [1]

“I don’t see any necessity in producing images myself, everything I would need exists it’s just about finding it.”

This action of searching documentation has become an alternative to knowledge, going through Laric’s piece we can see him use footage from movies (such as Akira) and television to construct much of his film, with the soundtrack being an instrumental version of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” [2]

You are left with a piece of film that mirrors the mass consumption of media that the internet allows you to do in this age, and you can see Laric combining High culture and popular culture through this. The film shows images are continually modified to represent something new, the nature of images and objects in digital space reveals the internet as not merely a space of representation. Memes, Lets Plays and blogs, which are all internet based actions of transformation, illustrates that a thing and a thought can be one and the same on the internet. ‘my Web site(VVORK) [3] is not a space of representation but of primary experiences. You are viewing the real thing. And when the work travels to other sites, it is still the real thing’ [4] that has influenced Oliver’s outlook to ownership and authorship he even says.

“I think it is necessary to ignore authorship, to create a space for something that is interesting again.” [5]

This isn’t empty talk either, Laric Created an open data base of footage for the Frieze Festival in 2012 [6] and it is within this you might notice a subtle nod to another artist that seems to have influenced him as an artist. Within this archive is a clip called urinal where he has an up-close shot of a porcelain urinal with fluid hitting it. [7] Marcel Duchamp being one of the first artists to advocate the notion of the artist as transformative thinker with his piece ‘Fountain’ which was literally a urinal turned upside-down.

Laric’s online-based practice the website/blog VVork with Aleksandra Domanovic, Christoph Priglinger, and Georg Schnitzer is an archive of work that he has compared to curating. VVORK depicts artistic production as a networked, collaborative process subject to certain patterns, and it saw potential in iteration. [8]

Throughout all his work a theme of Recursion, repetition, reinterpretation can be seen. It can be seen in his sculptures in Kopienkritik (the name originating from the German translation of a Roman school of sculpture that specialised in copying Greek works) [9] fitting since his sculptures were copies of important sculpture using 3D printers. In this he attempted to raise mechanical reproduction.
Larics work is unique in his approach to both his material and how he presents his work. this creates dynamic atmosphere to his work.

McHugh has a Masters in Social Practice and Creative Design from LIT. His practice encompasses writing, curating and making. He is author of the book A Dyslexic Portrait of a Young Man, which is written in comic format and available at The Model bookshop.

1- Oliver Laric Interview – Incite Online
2- Oliver Laric – Art in America
3- VVORK
4- The Real Thing/Interview with Oliver Laric
5- The Real Thing/Interview with Oliver Laric
6- Oliver Laric – Frieze
7- Frieze Stock Footage
8- Archiving vvork
9- Kopienkritik

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19 Sep. 2017

Culture Night 2017 - What's on!

Culture night 2017 is nearly upon us, and with the ever fascinating evening drawing closer by the day; we thought we would compile a list of exactly what’s on offer for the only night dedicated to celebrating all things cultural!

This years programme is coordinated by The Model on behalf of Culture Night Sligo partners, Sligo County Council Arts Service, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Sligo Youth Theatre. So, not only will we, The Model, be bursting to the brim with amazing events, all of Sligo will be following suit!

Here’s what’s on the cards:

Visual Art:

Time: 10am-10pm

Artist Select; Michael Wann is open to the public in the foyer gallery. At 6pm artist Barry McHugh will discuss a film by Oliver Laric which is exhibiting at The Model. A special tour of Jack B. Yeats; Lives will take place at 7pm, an exciting feature of this exhibition exploring the artists iconic oil paintings and pen and ink drawings is a recent acquisition of an original Jack B. Yeats’ sketchbook – a must see for any real Yeats head!

Performance: Suzanne Walshe
Time: 8pm

Suzanne Walshe will create a live, immersive soundscape surrounded & responding the work of Dutch artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch in High Winds Move Slowly. This performance will be a highlight of Culture night!

Amhrán na Mara: Song of the Sea
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

The Model Cinema will host a special Irish language screening of Amhrán na Mara (Song of The Sea) at 6 pm followed by Cupán & Comhrá with the musician, Rossa Ó Snodaigh in the Model Café. Song of the Sea tells the story of an Irish youth (David Rawle) who discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess!

Monsieur Gusto “Hanging About” The Model
Time: 3pm & 4.30 pm

Monsieur Gusto, the worlds most amazing Juggling Escapologist sensation, has a show that you just can’t miss! Not only does he Juggle Fire Torches, Toilet Plungers and Water Balloons while Balancing on top of people just like you! Get ready to be fascinated, entertained and a little confused when Monsieur Gusto takes the stage!

Open Studios
Time: 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. Featuring esteemed Model Studio artists like Ruth le Gear, Andy Parsons, Sean Larkin, Pulled, Micheal Wann and Cairde Prize winning sculpter, Anna Spearman!

Art for Blind DJ Set
Time: 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Joining us to close out proceedings on our Culture Night celebrations will be Art for Blind who will spin some tunes in the atrium.

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Sligo County Council Arts Service.

Oíche Chultúir has been made possible by the An tOireachtas annual grant for Irish language events hosted on Culture Night. Scaip an scéal agus go n-éirigh go geal libh!

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16 Sep. 2017

Artists Select: Michael Wann

Drawing: Void Pastoral Series
Sat. 9 Sep. – Sat. 7 Oct.

Artist Talk: Thu. 5 Oct., 2pm, Free

Michael Wann is a Sligo based artist whose practice is rooted in drawing. Using charcoal and water, he explores the myriad possibilities of what happens when drawing with these elemental materials. Drawing on themes of landscape and memory, he returns over and over again to the work of classical artists such as Gainsborough, Constable, Corot and Hogarth. Observing and looking at history books, old engravings, sepia photographs and etchings, this practice of looking goes back to the artist’s childhood. It has informed his drawing and imbued it with an otherness that is both classical and contemporary.

In this exhibition, Wann selects several works from the Niland Collection which are presented in a unique arrangement alongside his own drawings and research material. Works by Wann, together with Le Brocquy, Hooghiemstra, Diarmuid Delargy and Paul Henry exude a quiet intensity, which tap into a deep history of drawing, which informs the present and will no doubt persist into the future. In this presentation, Wann presents exciting new work, with burnt edges, sepia splashes, spontaneous gestures and accidents which converge in the making of a landscape.

Michael Wann lives and works in Sligo. Originally from Dublin, he graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology in 1992 with a Diploma in Fine Art, and in 2003 with a Bachelor in Fine Art.
Wann has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions. He has been awarded numeous residency fellowships and has received several prestigious drawing prizes, including the Tom Caldwell Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 129th Annual Exhibition and the Sean Keating Award and Silver Medal at the RHA’s 186th Annual Exhibition in 2016. His work is held in both private and public collections nationally and internationally.

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14 Sep. 2017

New season of films commence at The Model in partnership with Sligo Film Society

The Model welcomes back Sligo Film Society after their summer break for a new season of international and independent film for the autumn / winter months. Screening every Thursday at 8pm in The Model Cinema, the new programme packs in fourteen titles from nine different countries covering comedy, thrillers, war, period dramas and experimental works.
The season opens today 14 September with some black comedy from Sweden; the Scandinavians have proven adept over the years at funny cantankerous elder citizens and in A Man Called Ove our title character spins a darkly feel-good tale in his attempts to deal with the loss of his wife. Bookending the season is another comedy, The Midwife a tender affair from France which unites two of the country’s favourite actresses Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot.
In between, there is very much a Gallic flavour to this season with French films featuring heavily; the Isabelle Huppert starring Elle is the first of these, she gives a towering performance in Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven’s dark psycho-drama. There follows The White Knights, a true story of French aid workers in West Sudan who plotted to smuggle orphans to pre-paid adoptive parents; the political thriller Scribe is a tense affair that delves into the murky world of surveillance and the aforementioned The Midwife.
There is also a literary thread running through the programme, with the biopic of Emily Dickenson A Quiet Passion a highlight, the film was lauded for director Terence Davies’ moving account of the deeply reclusive poet; changing gear completely is Neruda, a free-wheeling suspense caper taking a year in the life of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda when he went on the run and fled his native Chile. Staying in the South American country is Endless Poetry the autobiographical adventure from the surrealist master, Alejandro Jodorowsky. The octogenarian auteur has not lost any of his creative spark and this familial drama is energetic and a visually vibrant experience.

Further highlights come in the shape of The Salesman which took the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and is a taut drama set in Iran exploring the moral questions a couple face after a sudden violent act occurs in their apartment; another award winner to feature is Insyriated which took the audience prize at Berlinale 2017, and tackles the Syrian conflict from the point of view of a group of tenants barricaded inside their besieged apartment block over the course of 24 hours.

The season runs between September and December, full details of each film in the programme can be viewed on The Model website or by picking up the Sligo Film Society brochure. The Model Café will be open late on cinema nights and launches a pre-show tapas menu from inhouse chef Juan Herbi. A selection of tea, coffee, cakes and wine will also be served prior to each screening.

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Edel Doherty

8 Sep. 2017

Job Vacancy: The Model Children’s Outreach Project

The Model seeks an artist from any arts discipline (especially film, animation, visual art and performance) to facilitate a series of 6 evening workshops from mid-October, 2017 for children (7 – 11 years) in Sligo.

The artist should have significant experience in delivering high quality arts experiences for children and young people. This project is delivered in collaboration with Cranmore Community Cooperative. The total fee is €600 (& materials budget). This programme is funded by International Fund for Ireland.

For further information please email marielouiseblaney@themodel.ie.
The closing date for applications: Friday 29th September

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8 Sep. 2017

Job Vacancy: The Model P.U.N.C. 1x1 Outreach Schools Project

The Model seeks an artists from any arts discipline to facilitate a unique educational experience in 7 primary schools across the county as part of the PUNC 1×1 Niland Collection Outreach Schools programme 2017/2018.

The artist should have significant experience in delivering high quality arts experiences for children and young people and be interested in working collaboratively in schools throughout the county. Punc 1×1 funds 60 hours – 14 hrs development time, 34 hours contact time and 12 hours evaluation, documentation and meetings at a rate of €40/hr. The total fee is €2,400. This programme is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland. The closing date for applications: Friday 29th September.

For further information please email marielouiseblaney@themodel.ie

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8 Sep. 2017

Bright horizon’s for Model Artist Michael Wann

Artist Select: Michael Wann, Artist Talk & The Art of Drawing

Michael Wann has become increasingly busy this month. September sees the celebrated Sligo artist opening ‘Artist Select’, the second of our studio artists to exhibit in this exhibition series in The Model, following on from studio artist Kiera O’Tool. Wann has received awards, placements in prestigious exhibitions and is soon to start his Autumn masterclass ‘The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann.’ October will also prove a hectic month for Wann, as he is scheduled to give an artist talk that will accompany Artist Selects on 5. Oct., not to be missed.

But it hasn’t been all hard work.

In the last week alone, Wann’s work was commended by The Moth Art Prize, was published in the autumn issue of The Moth literary journal and was selected for the National Open Art Exhibition in Southbank London which will open in November.

Not an unfortunate lot for the sligo based artist.

Artists Select: Michael Wann

Exhibition: Sat. 9 Sep. – Sat. 7 Oct.

‘Artists Select’, is a unique initiative at The Model which invites artists to choose works from The Model’s Niland Collection and display their own personal work as a response. Works by Wann, together with Le Brocquy, Hooghiemstra, Diarmuid Delargy and Paul Henry exude a quiet intensity, tapping into a deep history of drawing which informs the present and will no doubt persist into the future. In this presentation, Wann presents exciting new work, with burnt edges, sepia splashes, spontaneous gestures and accidents, which blend and converge with the rational or more traditional array of made marks within the making of a landscape.

Artist Talk: Michael Wann

Artist Talk: Thu. 5 Oct., 2pm, Free

Wann will give a talk that will investigate and explore the relationship between his own work and his selected pieces.

The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann

26. Sep – 31. Oct

Tuedays, 2.30pm – 4.30pm (inter. & adv.), €120

The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann is a 6 week master class course in The Model, Sligo. The drawing classes commence on the 26th of September and will come to a close on the 21st of October. Michael Wann’s classes have long been a fixture of The Model’s programme as Michael provides his students with excellent expertise, a new skill-set and positive encouragement to explore your artistic side.

To book a place on “The Art of Drawing” you can contact Michael directly on: 087 9303528 or email: studio@michaelwann.com

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7 Sep. 2017

Sligo Global Kitchen’s First Autumn Event

After crowning last seasons events with a dinner at the generous hosts Osta Cafe and Wine Bar last summer (whose Manager and director Brid Torrades has generously accepted to train members of Global Kitchen in the food art of pastry and desert making) we are now pleased to open our new season!

Thanks to the generous funding from The Community Foundation of Ireland through The Model, Sligo Global Kitchen can confirm events from this September 2017 right through to May 2018. People involved in the project, especially those living in direct provision, now have monthly events to look forward to with a project in a space where they feel empowered.

To kick off the autumn season, The Syrian Refugees From Ballaghaderreen have generously accepted an invitation to cater for the main meal at our first event this September on Sat. 16 from 3 pm. As usual it is family friendly and free. Everyone is welcome to join in and donations will be accepted on the day.

A string of 4 more events are to be held after then till December so, watch this space for updates.

Images by Heike Thiele

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