27 Feb. 2015

Artist in residence Niamh O'Connor

This week in the B.R.A artist in residence Niamh O’Connor was here to open up a conversation about art, mental health and community. During her talk on Wednesday, Niamh invited people to respond to the question, “What does mental wellbeing look like for the art museum, from a public perspective? How would it manifest itself?” while bearing in mind the definition of wellbeing:

‘Wellbeing also reflects the concept of positive mental health, in which a person can [1] realise his of her own abilities, [2] cope with the normal stresses of life, [3] work productively and fruitfully and [4] be able to contribute to his or her community.’ (Healthy Ireland 2013)

The aim of the question was to encourage people to think about the art museum from a particular perspective. The discussion received varied responses –one thought that mental wellbeing under the terms outlined should be integral to it (“its pulse”) and others wondered if mental wellbeing has anything to do with an art institution.
Niamh will be here for the rest of the week and will hold a free workshop especially for artists working in health settings, this Saturday from 11am – 12pm.

So what does mental wellbeing look like for the art museum?
Please email any comments to Niamh: niamhoconnoremail@eircom.net

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Erin Fox

27 Feb. 2015

Model to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, Ireland’s Irish language festival

This year The Model is delighted to announce events as part of the Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations. Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries. Running since 1902, the festival gives an opportunity to everyone to enjoy Irish, whether you are a fluent speaker, learner or have a cúpla focal, with a calendar of entertaining and fun events for every type of interest and every age group.

The Model will host a series of events “as gaeilge” for everyone to participate in on March 1st and 6th.

I mbliana sa Model tá an-áthas orainn imeachtaí mar chuid de cheiliúradh Sheachtain na Gaeilge a fhógairt. Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge féile idirnáisiúnta teanga Gaeilge agus ceann de na cheiliúradh is mó ar ár dteanga agus gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl gach bliain in Éirinn agus thar lear. Bhunaíodh an féile i 1902, agus ó shin tugann an fhéile deis do gach duine taitneamh a bhaint as an Ghaeilge , cibé más cainteoir líofa thú, foghlaimeoir nó má tá cúpla focal agat, le féilire imeachtaí siamsaíocht agus spraoi do gach cineál spéise agus gach aoisghrúpa.

Beimid as óstáil sraith lae imeachtaí ‘as Gaeilge’ anseo sa Model do gach duine a bheith rannpháirteach i.

Sunday March 01 2015

Yoga as Gaeilge
11.00 am €8.00pp
With Sorka from Pure Shakti
This special class eases us gently into The Model’s Seachtain na Gaeilge festivities. Join us in the beautiful surroundings of our galleries for this mixed ability yoga class merging Iyengar/ Vinyasa styles, all done through the medium of the Irish Language. surrounded by beautiful art- What more could you want!

Cuireann an rang seo tús le himeachtaí Seachtain na gaeilge anseo sa Model. Bígí linn inár ngaillearaí álainn i rang a mheascaíonn Iyengar agus Vinyasa yoga. Tá fáilte roimh yogis ó aon leibhéal yoga. Ar fad déanta trí modh na gaeilge!

Informal Music afternoon
1.00pm – 3.00pm
€5pp children free
This month’s Informal Music afternoon will launch The Model’s Seachtain na Gaeilge festivities into full swing. Join local legends Seamie O’Dowd and Cathy Jordan and guests for an afternoon of music with a traditional twist.

Trathnóna ¸ceoil neamhfhoirmiúil
Cuirfidh Trathõna ceoil neamhfhoirmiúil na míosa seo imeachtaí Seachtain na gaeilge sa Model faoi lán seoil. Beidh Seamie O’Dowd agus Cathy Jordan anseo le tacaíocht ó cúpla ceoltóirí eile den scoth chun ceoil le blas traidisiúnta a sheinnt!

Guided Gallery Tour in Irish

Explore The Niland Collection and Mark Clare’s I Believe In You with this guided tour through the medium of Irish.

Cuairt Treorithe na ngailearaí
Taisceal ealaín ón bhailiúchán Niland agus saothair Mark Clare “I Believe in You” trí modh na gaeilge.

Coffee & Conversation
The Gallery café is the perfect place to relax and have a chat and will have special discounts for gaeilgóirí attending the comhrá agus cupán session!

Comhrá agus cupán
Atmaisféar foirfe le haighidh comhrá agus cupán. Beidh iascaine speisialta ann le haighidh gaeilgóirí ag freastal ar an gcomhrá agus cupán.

Seamie O’Dowd & Kieran Quinn: A ‘Thank you Sligo’ event
Booking essential.

Sligo is home to an exceptional diversity of musical talent across all music genres. With ‘Thank you Sligo’, we wish to celebrate this incredible talent whilst thanking you, our local community, for your support.

Seamie O’Dowd & Kieran Quinn: Go raibh maith agat Sligeach!!
Deireadh lá gnóthach sa Model! Bígí linn chun ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar na ceoltoirí iontacha atá again sa chontae álainn seo!

Friday March 06
Storyteller / Seanchaí Gabriel Rosenstock
10am – 4pm (Various times)
Gabriel Rosenstock is an author/ translator of over 160 books, including 13 volumes of poetry and a volume of Haiku in Irish and in English, as well as numerous books for children. His vast output includes plays, work for TV, novels and short stories, children’s literature in prose and verse, including Irish versions of such classics as “The Gruffalo.”/ “An Garbhán” He is the Irish translator of numerous films and TV shows including Watership Down and The Muppet Show.

He is also well known as a translator of song lyrics into Irish by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and others, and writers such as Yeats and Beckett.

A member of Aosdána, he has regularly featured in both the Junior Cert and Leaving cert courses. Gabriel has been invited to The Model in order to celebrate both Seachtain na gaeilge and The annual Sligo children’s Bookfestival 2015 Bígí linn for an array of readings of stories, tales and poems!

Údar/ aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar é Gabriel Rosenstock, dánta, haiku, úrscéalta, leabhair do dhaoine óga, drámaí, gearrscéalta, aistí agus eile ina measc.

I measc na hábhair atá aistrithe go Gaeilge aige tá cláranna teilfíse ar nós “Watership Down” agus “The Muppet Show.” Bhí sé bainteach leis an bhféile IMRAM ó lá a bhunaithe agus is tríd an bhféile sin a tháinig a chuid aistriúchán ar liricí Leonard Cohen is Bob Dylan ar an bhfód chomh maith le dánta Beckett agus Yeats.
Is ball d’Aosdána é, agus go minic feictear é I measc na gcúrsaí teastas sóisireach agus an ardteistiméireacht.

Cuireamar cuireadh do Ghabriel aontú linn sa Model chun Seachtain na Gaeilge agus Féile na leabhair páistí 2015 a ceiliúradh.

Bígí linn le haighidh lá scéalaíocht agus filíochta!

For further information on Seachtain na Gaeilge at The Model and our education programme, please visit http://themodel.ie/education/

The Model, Home of the Niland Collection,
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Erin Fox

12 Feb. 2015

Sligo Children's Book Festival 2015

We’re delighted to announce the return of Sligo Children’s Book Festival from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th March 2015. With events happening here at The Model and the Hawk’s Well Theatre in partnership with Sligo’s Kids’ Own.

Download the programme here

Events at The Model

Thursday 05 March
10am & 12.30pm Kids’ Own Book Factory (For School Groups)
11am The Big Draw (Age 2-4) 11.00am €8 “Cat and the Moon”

Friday 06 March
10am & 12.30pm Kids’ Own Book Factory (For School Groups)
10am, 11.30am, 2pm Gabriel Rosenstock (For School Groups)

Saturday 07 March
11am & 12.30pm Kids’ Own Book Factory
1.30pm Branching Out presents “Yeats & Other Children’s classics” All ages / €2

Sunday 08 March
11am & 12.30pm Kids’ Own Book Factory
1.30pm The Tales of Jumbo the Elephant with Lionel Gallagher, All ages / Free
2pm Poem Play, with actor Peter Sinclair, Age 7-12 / Free

[Illustration & Programme Design by Noelle Healy / Twoodlepip Illustration]

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11 Feb. 2015

The Model seeks a Front of House Administrator / Manager


Job title: Front of House / Administration Manager
Location: The Model,Sligo
Reports to: Director

The Model, Home of The Niland Collection seeks a full-time Front of House / Administration Manager to support the administrative needs of the programme and the day-to-day management of Reception. The Front of House / Administration Manager will work closely with the Director, Deputy Director and Development Manager to ensure the organisation operates to the highest professional standards and will lead on a number of exciting income generation initiatives.

The successful candidate will have:

• Minimum of two years experience in a similar role
• Excellent administration and organizational skills
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• An excellent understanding of high quality customer service
• Proficiency in computers with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and digital marketing tools.
• Experience of event management
• Experience in retail
• Strong financial management skills
• The ability to develop and oversee a team.

The following qualities will be required:

• A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
• Flexibility – evening and weekend work will be required
• Good people skills and the ability to work well within a team
• Self-motivation and ability to take initiative
• Excellent time management and strong work ethic


Front of House / Box Office

• Managing the day-to-day staffing, operation and customer service of the Box Office and Reception, including rostering and management of Front of House support staff.
• Ensuring that high standards of customer service are maintained.
• Ensuring Front of House staff is instructed on all aspects pertaining to the use of The Model, including health and safety, evacuation and monitoring procedures.
• Supervising the set-up for exhibition openings, launches events and hires as requested.
• Providing co-ordination to all Front of House staff in the promotion and professional delivery of all aspects of The Model’s activities.
• Acting as a key holder for the centre, locking and opening up as required and ensuring that principles of best practice are adhered to regarding all security systems.
• Working with the Volunteer Coordinator to leverage donated skills, time and expertise of Volunteers for The Model’s activities, particularly for tours and invigilation.


• Lead on earned income initiatives including venue hire and The Model Shop.
• Working with the Development Assistant to file daily financial reports, reconciling and balancing of Box Office and Bookshop transactions.
• Assisting the Development Manager in the administration of Membership and Sponsorship Schemes.


• Managing the internal administration, dealing with internal queries, responding to email, typing, photocopying, handling post and managing keys.
• Provision of clerical, secretarial and administrative support to the Director, Deputy Director and Development Manager.
• Ensuring efficient levels of office administration and management, including dealing with artists, musicians, bookings, clients, customers, incoming calls, counter activity, information display and supplies as required.
• Managing the administrative function pertaining to the hire of Model facilities, including liaising with customers, identifying requirements, completing booking documentation and details for invoicing.


Please email a C.V. and Cover Letter addressed to the Director, Megan Johnston, outlining why you think you would be suited to the advertised position to emermcgarry@themodel.ie: emermcgarry@themodel.ie by 12 noon Friday 6 March 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Wednesday 11 March with a view to role commencing soon after.

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Erin Fox

3 Feb. 2015

Family Days at The Model kicks off this Sunday Feb 8

On the second Sunday of each month, from February through June, you are invited to spend enlightening afternoons at The Model. Families can join us for a tour of the current exhibit and then explore their creative side with several art activities. The program is designed to educate families about the current exhibitions and acquaint them with the contemporary art practice.

This Sunday, Feb 8, as well as workshops on food sculpture and animations, The Model brings to you this year’s hunt for the most original new shorts from across the globe, from as far away as Japan to Russia, Australia, Europe and the United States! Featuring a selection of the best films for young audiences from around the world, for children age 3+ and up!!

Shorts for Wee Ones Age 3+, 45 mins

1.00 – 1.45 pm
All in English or dialogue free
A 45 minute extravaganza of short films featuring bouncing baby kangaroos, lightning-powered robot vacuum cleaners and a piano-playing octopus. In a Japanese bakery viewers will come across dolphin-friendly baguettes and then in a village in the middle of the African plains they will see the dramatic impact of their first ever snowfall. From various countries, these colourful stories are a magical introduction to the cinema experience., these shorts will delight children aged 3 years and up.
Check this link for a sneaky peak: http://vimeo.com/63164616

Shorts For Middle Ones Age 8+, 50 mins
2.00 – 2.50 pm
Language: English or dialogue free, except for My Mom is an Aeroplane! which is in Russian with English subtitles
For anyone over the age of eight, these short films will inform, educate and entertain with a range of stories from an imaginative history of the alphabet through to surrealist high-diving hijinks. What happens when number-crunching factory workers discover there is more to life than black, white and grey? An under-appreciated pig – with the most important job in town – makes a new friend and things change forever. A young girl, out for a walk with her grandmother, sees the world in a truly unique way in an absolutely outstanding feast of sound and colour. And how many different mothers are there in the world? How would you describe yours? One Russian boy thinks his is rather special…

Click here for a sneak preview.

Activities will run by The Model’s learning team throughout the day. Get caught up in anything ranging from making sculptures out of bread, to flippity flip books, and much more…..

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Denise Rushe

29 Jan. 2015

Model Music This Spring

This Spring, The Model is delighted to present a new music programme featuring a range of excellent music across all genres, emerging and established artists. Innovative traditional, ground breaking jazz, inspired indie folk, home grown country, roots & bluegrass span the music programme.

Some highlights of the spring programme include This is How We Fly – a contemporary traditional group comprised of Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh, Sean McErlaine, Petter Berndalen and Nic Gareiss; Bell X1’s David Geraghty’s endeavour Join me in the Pines; the ‘smart and tuneful’ Inni-K; piano sensation Iiro Rantala and Old Hannah who release their second EP Iron and Wood in May.

In March, The Model invites everyone for a free concert with two of Sligo’s finest musicians, Seamie O’Dowd and Kieran Quinn. Happening as part of a new series called Thank you Sligo – an initiative which celebrates the richness of Sligo music and thanks The Model’s audiences and community for their ongoing support. Kieran and Seamie’s repertoire will feature unique takes on standard tranditional and jazz tunes/sets as well as exciting origianl compositions.

Throughout Spring, The Model welcomes the cream of classical music with the Con Brio series; an ongoing partnership with Sligo Baroque Festival on our Informal Music Afternoons, a collaboration with Sligo Jazz Project on Iiro Rantala and the continuation of Kieran Quinn’s Teenage Theme Nights.

Springtime at The Model presents a rich and diverse musical offering placing artistic creation, experimentation and collaboration at its core.

Visit www.themodel.ie/music for event listings.

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Denise Rushe

21 Jan. 2015

Behinds the Scenes of I Believe In You

Install for Mark Clare I Believe in You is underway this week and we’re super excited about Opening Night this Saturday! Do you ever wonder what goes one “behind the scenes” of an installation? Here’s a sneak preview of the exhibition. Mark, who is artist in residence this week answers a few of my questions about his work.

EF: How long have you been working as a professional artist?
MC: I graduated from my undergraduate in 1992 and have been working as a professional artist since then.

EF: Who and what inspires you?
MC: I wouldn’t even know where to start! Meeting and interacting with people is the driving force behind what I do really.

EF: What influenced the exhibition ‘I Believe in You’?
MC: ‘I Believe in You’ is a combination of work produced over the last 7 years. Much of the work has been produced while participating on Artist residency programs both nationally and internationally. ARPs have played an important role in the development of my practice over the last twenty years.

EF: What are your impressions of The Model as an art gallery?

MC: The Model is an incredible venue. I am quite amazed at its size when you consider its location but its record speaks for itself. It has had hosted some exciting artists and offers the local community easy and more importantly free access to an incredible variety of both contemporary and historical Art work alongside a variety of other events that it programs.

Find out more about Mark’s creative practice at the opening of I Believe In You this Saturday 24th January at 5pm. From 6pm there will be a public talk with Mark Clare followed by an opening reception at 7pm.

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Erin Fox

15 Jan. 2015

Deep Connection to The Model

“I feel a deep connection to The Model and its doings for as long as I have been making drawings…”

The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann returns next month and I had the chance to sit down with Michael and discuss his class, his own art, his influences and his relationship with The Model.

EF: Describe The Art of Drawing

MW: The Art of Drawing is a six-week course running at The Model Sligo, which aims to introduce basic drawing skills to both beginners and people who have experience with drawing. The beginners course introduces participants to basic observational skills, including contour drawing, blind contour drawing and positive and negative space, and proceeds into a more sophisticated knowledge of the uses of charcoal. It covers the basic principles of still life, portraiture, and compositional landscape. The class aims to encourage participants to enjoy the act of observing and drawing in an easy going and informal atmosphere, and instructs on how our brains interpret all the visual stimuli that surround us. The advanced class was originally structured to enable people who had completed the beginner course to pursue further exploration and interest in drawing. It has developed however into a vibrant and free flowing ‘drawing session’, where participants pursue their own interests within drawing, feeding off each other as much as on the one-on-one teaching and mentoring that I provide. This is a most exciting thing to see unfold, where people find their own love of drawing, and use the full afternoon to pursue, develop and explore their interests (mainly in landscape and portraiture) in a relaxed and open atmosphere without the formal constraints of a strictly structured class environment.

EF: What is your connection with The Model?

MW: My Diploma show in 1992 was hosted by The Model Arts Centre, as it was then, and following that I was invited to exhibit in a group show alongside artists I had long admired, such as Sean McSweeney, Barrie Cooke, Alice Maher, Patrick Hall, amongst others. I taught a drawing class here from 1996 to 1998, and when I returned to Sligo I.T. as a mature student in 2003 to get my Bachelor in Fine Art, our final show was again hosted by the newly refurbished Model Niland. I’ve been resident in Studio5 here at the Model Sligo since 2009.
I CAN say I feel a deep connection to the Model and its doings for as long as I have been making drawings.

EF: Where have you exhibited?

MW: My work has been accepted at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Annual Exhibition since 2003. And in 2006, I was awarded the AXA Insurance Drawing Prize, again at the RHA. In 2010 one of my large-scale drawings was selected by Hughie O’Donoghue for the Tom Caldwell Drawing Award and the innugural Rowel Friers Trophy at the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition. I have had solo shows at Sligo Art Gallery, Linenhall Arts Centre, The Ashford Gallery at the RHA, Draiocht, Dublin, The Model, Sligo, The Cross Gallery, Dublin and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. I regularly show in group shows with the Catherine Hammond Gallery, West Cork, Greenacres, Wexford, The Mullan Gallery, Belfast and the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.

EF: When is your next exhibition, and where?

MW: I am involved in a group exhibition for the Yeats 150 year celebration, which is being exhibited here in Sligo at the Hamilton Gallery and then travels to Madrid. And as mentioned my work can be seen at various galleries in a group context around the country. I recently showed a series of large-scale works on paper at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, and am currently further developing that series in studio. The artist’s lot is a fine balance between the making of work in studio and finding the time to promote that work and to apply to galleries and institutes to have it exhibited.

EF: What inspires your work?

MW: My work is almost entirely drawing-based and is driven by a fascination with themes of landscape, geography, time, memory and personal history. Using landscape as metaphor, the work engages with notions of weather and time, of a landscape in a state of flux, and of how memory of ‘place’ informs the mark-making process. I make large-scale charcoal drawings of landscapes that aim to engage with a personal dialogue of an incomplete or unreliable memory, as well as more intimate small-scale studies of the dereliction of habitation.
There is an immediacy to drawing that cannot be found in most forms of painting. Within the chosen medium of charcoal and wash there exists a wide and versatile imperfection of process, providing a vast monochrome palette of made marks, as well as the erasure of those same marks. It is in the smudge and drip and simple dirt of the medium that there exists both vital and flawed elements of mark-making, where the spontaneous and accidental become of equal importance to that of the rational and intentional. Process here can be interpreted as a meditative search for where these varying marks converge in the making of a landscape. In recent years I have become interested in portraiture, and completed a series of 24 self portraits entitled ‘Self-Assembly’, which was exhibited at The Model Sligo in April of 2014.

EF: How does this reflect on your workshops?

MW: I’m not all that sure, except to say that I teach in a very informal manner, encouraging people to find out for themselves the simple joy of drawing. It is gratifying to witness people developing their own keen interest in, say, landscape; in watching and teaching and pushing gently I’m often reminded of my own obsession with drawing. And further, I often find myself returning to my studio directly after a class and looking at my own work and seeing or questioning where it might improve. In watching students experiment with drawing, watching them excavate all the varying facets of it, I am sometimes reminded of techniques that I’ve forgotten or simply stopped using.
So it seems that while the workshops are providing an opportunity for people to learn and experience the act of charcoal mark-making, they also inform or vaguely re-invigorate my own work in some vital kind of way.

EF: How has the Model influenced your art?

MW: I’m vaguely wary of that word ‘influence’. But I can say, particularly since moving into Studio5 in 2009, that working alongside other artists and curators (not to mention the staff here) has enriched and inspired my experience of making work. For years I worked in relative isolation from my home in north Sligo, and developed an unhealthy feeling of being marginalised in my work. In working within The Model’s structure, it is easier and natural to communicate and exchange ideas with other artists both nationally and internationally.

I’ve had the opportunity on three separate occasions to showcase new work here at the Model, and this fact alone has certainly driven me to ‘up my game’ in the making of new work. And ‘The Art of Drawing’ being included in The Model’s Education programme is an immensely gratifying and pleasing thing to experience.

There is a wide and diverse progamme of contemporary exhibition and installation here at The Model Sligo, as well as the ongoing display of the Niland Collection. It’s a strange and inspiring notion in the knowledge that I can go downstairs whenever it pleases me, and within moments find myself immersed in the bright turmoil of a Jack Yeats painting or the odd calm of a Paul Henry. Or further, and more challengingly, find myself baffled and grappling to comprehend some inexplicable contemporary installation. It brings new thought and new weather to my own studio experience, and seems vital and enriching.

The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann begins again on Tuesday 03 February. To book a place in the workshop email mw@michaelwann.com

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Erin Fox

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23 Dec. 2014

Opening Hours at The Model over Christmas

Opening hours at The Model over the holidays:

We are open all days except public holidays: Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1.
We are open 10 am – 2 pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

If you’re still looking for some stocking fillers – check out our expanded Model Shop featuring craft pieces from the Made In Sligo Craft Collective, Art Books and more: http://bit.ly/1w4viqE

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.

The Model

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Denise Rushe

13 Dec. 2014

Creative Gift Ideas from The Model this Christmas

If you have visited The Model recently you may have noticed that our shop has expanded; over the last few weeks we have been adding a new line of craft pieces from the Made in Sligo craft collective. You’ll find ceramics from Rachel Quinn and Lynda Gault, horse-hair pottery from Ian Carty, prints and cushions from Subadesigns, jewellery by Martina Hamilton and woodturned vessels by Matt Jones.

We also have a brilliant collection of art books from our very own Niland Collection book, to Patrick Hall, Duncan Campbell, Susan Hiller and Kids’ Own’s Virtually There. For the month of December we are offering a 20% discount on all books. Browse our online shop here, or visit our shop here at The Model before Christmas.

The Niland Collection
The Model proudly presents its very own Niland Collection Catalogue. The publication, which is dedicated to Nora Niland, contains specially commissioned texts on key works in this remarkable collection accompanied by full colour reproductions. Buy Online

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