26 Mar. 2015

The Model seeks a Building Manager and Technician

The Model, home of The Niland Collection seeks two part-time positions to support the round-the-clock technical needs of the building and programme.

The roles of Building Manager & Technician will facilitate the technical needs of The Model’s art programme and the day-to-day requirements of the building. They will work closely with operations staff to oversee the technical aspects of the building and will also assist programming staff to plan and facilitate the exhibitions, set-up for talks, classes, workshops and hire events.

To apply please email a C.V. & Cover Letter outlining why you think you would be suited to the advertised position to developmentassistant@themodel.ie by 12 noon Friday 10 April 2015.

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25 Mar. 2015

Live Music, Good Food & Share The Love Week at this month's Friday Night Social

Friday Night Social is a good excuse to head out after work and enjoy an early evening of good food, culture and discussions. Join us this Friday between 5 – 8pm when we will be joined by Sligo’s own Pearse McGloughlin plus tunes from the vinyl duo from Turn It On, and tasty bites from The Gallery Cafe.

We also welcome Kate Brennan Harding and Donal Adams to our Atrium stage at 6PM for a discussion entitled “We Do” to mark the end of ‘Share the Love Week’ and the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum.

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24 Mar. 2015

Get Ireland Growing - Model project scoops GIY Award

Sligo Global Kitchen is a socially engaged arts project, initiated by artist Anna Spearman in partnership with The Model, and those living within the direct provision system in Sligo town and others who share a passion for culinary and cultural diversity.

The Kitchen takes place every second Saturday and involves a diverse group who come together to plan, cook and share a meal in the Model. To date, we have eaten meals prepared by cooks from Swaziland, Congo, Nigeria, Venezuela and Cameroon.

We were delighted to hear from the AIB Get Ireland Growing Fund this week that we have been awarded a fund to allow the group, with the help of interested local gardeners, to develop a kitchen garden on the grounds of The Model.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact Anna Spearman at annaspearman@themodel.ie

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10 Mar. 2015

The Model seeks two positions to support the day-to-day administrative needs of the programme

Curatorial Administration Assistant

Purpose: To provide administrative support to the visual arts programme and to work closely with the Director, Deputy Director and Assistant Curator on all aspects of the facilitation of the visual arts programme including:

• Booking travel and accommodation
• Coordinating fine art shipping and transportation
• Preparing labels and information texts for print
• Collating researched material for volunteer staff
• Sourcing and researching materials and / or goods, and obtaining quotes
• Preparing Artists Contracts and Loan Agreement forms
• Providing support to exhibiting artists
• Managing day to day correspondence
• Maintaining files and other general administrative tasks

The position is available under the FAS community employment scheme and requires nineteen and a half hours per week. The workweek is Tuesday through Saturday unless otherwise notified. Frequent evening and weekend work is required.

Please confirm your eligibility with your local INTREO Office before applying for this position

Education Administration Assistant

Purpose: To provide administrative support to the education programme, and to work closely with the Director and the Education and Learning Team on all aspects of the facilitation of the programme including:
• Maintaining the upkeep of the Education Room and Store
• Preparing Artists’ Contracts for approval by the Director
• Maintaining the Artists’ Pool database
• Liaising with artists working in an education context at The Model
• Maintaining mailing lists for schools and families
• Assisting in workshops if required
• Researching and ordering materials when requested
• Maintaining files, dealing with correspondence and carrying out and day-to-day administrative tasks

The position is available under the FAS community employment scheme and requires nineteen and a half hours per week. The workweek is Tuesday through Saturday unless otherwise notified. Frequent evening and weekend work is required.

Please confirm your eligibility with your local INTREO Office before applying for this position

To apply please email a C.V. and Cover Letter outlining your suitability to the advertised positions to richard.nevin@hawkswell.com by 12 noon Friday 27 March 2015.

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Erin Fox

10 Mar. 2015

Iiro Rantala at The Model this weekend

Finnish Jazz pianist Iiro Rantala comes to Sligo this weekend to perform a unique solo concert here at The Model. Erin Fox had the chance to speak to him ahead of his performance.

EF: How would you describe your music to fans of jazz?
IR: It’s a mix of European classical tradition, jazz, tango and pop.
Sounds strange but I guess something like this is the outcome, when cousins marry each others for generations.

EF: What influenced you to become a jazz musician?
IR: Freedom. I realised I could use everything I know more freely. That I don’t have to be stuck with some written music, someone else wrote.
Freedom, Chick Corea and Keith Jarret to be correct.

EF: Your album Lost Heroes is dedicated to musicians who have inspired you. Who is your greatest musical influence?
IR: If I would have to choose one and I guess I do, I would say Leonard Bernstein. I think he was just great. A real visionary. Not only a fantastic musician but he worked hard to open up the music for people who have no previous touch with the concert music. An excellent communicator, that’s what he was.

EF: What other genres of music do you listen to?
IR: I very seldom listen music. My days are filled with music anyway. Not only when I practice or perform. There’s a “live broadcast” in my head all the time. Drives me almost crazy sometimes. So, I don’t listen BUT I love to go to concerts to hear live music as often I can.

EF: You’ve performed in groups as well as solo, what is your favourite instrument to play along to?
IR: I’ve dreamed of piano-drums duo for a long time in order to play the bass lines with my left hand. Haven’t found a perfect companion for this one yet.

EF: A lot of emotion and sensitivity has gone into your compositions, what are your feelings when you perform a completed work?
IR: Weird things happen during performance. Sometimes I see myself from a distance playing the piano, while I’m on stage. Usually from the point of the ceiling. I guess that’s as close you can get to an experience of “flow”.

EF: What do you think of Irish music?
IR: It’s uplifting. Sounds actually very funny to me. The Finns love minor and melancholies. Even the wedding waltzes are funeral sad. In Irish music I hear that it’s made for dancing and partying. In Finnish music I hear pessimism and no hope.

Iiro Rantala performs in The Niland Gallery at 8.30pm on Saturday 14th March. Book tickets.

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Erin Fox

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5 Mar. 2015

Easter Holiday Art Camp for Kids

Spend the Easter holidays at The Model exploring the building and the great outdoors! Artist Naomi Draper has planned a week of creativity, exploration and adventure. The Easter Holiday art camp will physically explore the theme of camping throughout The Model. Naomi who worked with the Practice exhibition by Kid’s Own in 2014 wants to create an exciting adventure for children which will allow them to explore and get to know the space at The Model. The group will move beyond the education room to set up camp and claim ownership of other areas of the building. With the landscapes of The Niland Collection as a backdrop, the galleries will become one of the campsites. Inspired by Shared Visions: The Model Collects, there will be a special activity focusing on “collecting” where participants can pack, preserve and consider how their findings and treasures can be presented to others. Shelter building, treasure hunting and storytelling are just some of the activities that will be explored through drawing, sculpture, animation, listening and book making processes. Places are limited to 14 per session and bookings are now being taken.

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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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