18 Nov. 2014

The Big Draw: Wild and fiery Red

Artist Kate Wilson invited ‘Wild and fiery Red’ to the colourful Big Draw last week as a galloping horse:

Everybody galloped over painted valleys and hills and warmed ourselves with a fire dance around a red circle of fiery red, orange and yellow.
Kate Wilson.

These environments were all created in collaboration with the artist through painting, movement, storytelling, making and dance. Join Kate Wilson next week and build a giant golden castle for the Queen of Colours, whose toes are tickled pinky gold by the colour yellow! The castle will be an
immersive golden sensory experience for all to enjoy.


The autumn Big Draws brings parents and toddlers on a journey through a rainbow of colour over seven weeks, interlacing mixing paint, with stories, dance and explorative play in fun and imaginative ways.

The Big Draw with artist Kate Wilson is for children and their parents, every Wednesday at The Model. Booking is essential.

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Marie Louise Blaney

13 Nov. 2014

[Studio+] Let's Talk About Art!

As part of Studio+, artist Hari MacMillan was artist-in-residence at The Model last week. Whilst in the Studio+ open studio, the artist listened to Cyndi Lauper’s track Time after Time, whilst cutting out backs and fronts of Time magazine, which made for interesting and quirky collages, bringing together incongruous subjects in the one image – such as President Putin and
former Spice girl Victoria Beckham – who accidently collide on the same collaged image – or, as the artist said – is it ever really an accident?

After a few days of art-making in The Model’s open studio, on Thursday Hari MacMillan invited the public and local students to a talk where she discussed the many layers to her practice. The slowed down pace of the talk, aided by tea and cakes from The Model cafe provided an informal space for both artist and participants to think and talk about art.

Studio+ is funded by Co-operation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme

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Marie Louise Blaney

11 Nov. 2014

Graphite and Easel Exhibition at The Dock this month

The Model’s life drawing group, Graphite & Easel, are working in collaboration with The Dock’s life drawing group. We are exhibiting at The Dock during November and as part of the Studio+ series of events at The Model during the month of December.

We have developed an exhibit which examines the activity of drawing from life and reflects our own practice. The process of developing work for exhibition has provided us with the opportunity to really tease apart what it is that actually happens in our weekly sessions and why it is that we are all so fascinated and compelled to draw the human body.

Our installation consists of three elements:

- a conversation between models and practitioners on the practice of life drawing – a series of dynamic collaborative drawings made in session – an audio recording of the sounds of a session

It promises an interesting visual and aural experience combined with personal insights. We would like to think it will provoke thought on this valuable contemporary practice.

If you’re interested in participating in the Graphite & Easel weekly life drawing sessions email emmastroude@gmail.com

Photography Andy Parsons 2014

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Andy Parsons

11 Nov. 2014

The Big Draw sets The Model on Fire!

Last week children and their parents were once again invited on a magical journey of creativity and art-making with artist Kate Wilson. Story-telling, performance, movement, painting, drawing and song were all part of this enchanting creative experience. Each week a different colour is explored.

Through this immersive interactive workshop, participants, both big and small, joined the artist in bringing to life the well-loved story The Queen of Colours.

The Big Draw continues at The Models on Wednesday mornings until Wednesday December 10th.

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Maire Louise Blaney

4 Nov. 2014

News from Rome: Bart Lodewijks scales the quay wall overlooking the Tiber!

Artist Bart Lodewijks climbs the famous quay wall overlooking the Tiber! All in pursuit of a drawing!

Whilst in Rome, Lodewijks couldn’t resist the impulse to climb the famous Roman city quay wall, to make yet another one of his famous chalk drawings, not unlike the chalk drawings which have appeared and disappeared in Sligo’s Doorly Park neighbourhood over the last couple of years. The great views over the Tiber and the ancient city are a magnificent backdrop for this incredible drawing.

Bart Lodewijks returns to Sligo again in Spring 2015, where he will continue to make drawings in the city. Bart Lodewijk’s residency at The Model will culminate in an exhibition at The Model in Autumn, 2015.

Artist Bart Lodewijks, artist-in-residence at The Model since 2011, is currently participating in an exciting group show at the Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea in Rome, with Roma Publications – an independent art publisher founded by artist Mark Manders and graphic designer Roger Willems. The exhibition, which opened in October features new drawings by Lodewijks and other artists, which can be viewed on the following link: www.romapublications.org/Fondazione_Giuliani.html.

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Marie Louise Blaney

17 Oct. 2014

Director's Talk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Erin Fox

9 Oct. 2014

The Big Draw is back!

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

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

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

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Emily Whelan

1 Oct. 2014

Brand New Autumn/Winter Season at The Model

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

*Event highlights include: *

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

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

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

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

Sligo Film Society’s Autumn Season of cinema Every Thursday

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

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

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Denise Rushe

16 Sep. 2014

Studio+ feat. Helen Sharp and Simon Carman

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

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

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

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

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Erin Fox

10 Sep. 2014

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

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

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

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

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Erin Fox