19 Apr. 2014

Bealtaine Festival Highlights at The Model this May

We are delighted to announce details of this year’s month-long celebrations of Bealtaine, Ireland’s national celebration of creativity as we age. We’re very excited about this action-packed programme of inspiring events at The Model and look forward to welcoming you to it.

Commenting on the programme of free events available at The Model, Education Curator Marie Louise Blaney said: ‘Bealtaine at The Model is an inspiring multi-disciplinary festival, featuring a month of activities ranging from curated gallery tours to film and workshops. The festival promises to inspire, challenge and be truly intergenerational, bringing all ages together in a creative environment.’

*Festival Highlights *

Art and Coffee Mornings
Tuesdays 06 – 27 May
11am – 12.30pm
Book a tour of the exhibitions and discuss what you’ve learned afterwards in the beautiful surrounds of The Model Café over a complementary tea or coffee.

Painting with Heike
Thursdays 08 May – 05 June
11am – 1pm
A relaxed and informal series of still life painting workshops using oil (water-mixable) paints, exploring colour, tone, texture and brushwork. Suitable for all ages.

A Tale To Tell
Thursdays 08 May – 12 June
3.45pm – 5.30pm
An opportunity for Grandparents and Grandchildren (9-14yrs) to work together to write and illustrate an adventurous story and bind this tale in to their very own hand-made book. A true family heirloom! Booking essential, as places are limited.

Thu. 08 May 8pm
Dir: Dustin Hoffman, UK, 2012, 98 mins
The Model and Sligo Film Society present a free screening of Quartet. The film follows the story of lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) Reggie (Ton Courtney) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) who are all residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers.

View the full programme of Bealtaine events here: themodel.ie/education/bealtaine

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The Model Sligo

9 Apr. 2014

Mark Garry; A Winter Light

We were absolutely delighted to get our hands on this month’s copy of Art Monthly to see the fantastic review of The Model’s current exhibition Mark Garry; A Winter Light.

“A Winter Light is ethereal, joyous and luminous with hope”. Of course we knew that already but it’s great to know that this esteemed magazine agrees:)

Read it in full in this month’s Art Monthly which you can pick up in The Model Bookshop or in our online shop here.

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Emer McGarry

21 Mar. 2014

Donal Parson's: “My Dog”: Have you got your copy yet?

The Model Bookshop is proud and excited by a recent addition to our stock “My Dog”, written and illustrated by the extremely talented 6 year old writer Donal Parsons from Strandhill, Co.Sligo. From The Model offices, to our workshops, the cafe and the galleries- we all have our noses buried in Donal’s beautiful book. To be honest: we can’t put it down!

Last October Donal was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer Neuroblastoma. The Donal Parson’s Trust was set up in order to raise funds for his treatment and for clinical trials which are developing in the US. Inspired by Donal’s beloved Springer spaniel Nelly, the publishing of “My Dog” has not only been a way of sharing Donal’s talents with the world, but also a way of raising funds for the foundation. The book was launched in Shells cafe on the 6th of March coinciding with both World book day and the launch of Sligo’s Children’s book festival.

The Model has had a long association with the Parson’s family in that Donal’s father Andy has worked on several projects with The Model’s education programme over the years. We are honoured to help The Donal Parson’s foundation, in any way we can.

“My Dog” is on sale in The Model bookshop or through our website: The Model Shop

It is also available via the Kids Own Publishing Partnership website. Alternatively to donate to the Donal Parsons Trust or organise your own event visit The Donal Parsons trust. There is also a Facebook page accessible at Donalparsonstrust

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Emily Whelan

15 Mar. 2014

Artistic Director

The Model is delighted with the response to the advertised post of Artistic Director. After a lengthy review of it’s legal documents, done in consultation with the Arts Council and with external advice from Boardmatch Ireland, The Model is now in the process of appointing new artistic expertise to its Board of Directors. An interview panel with appropriate expertise will be appointed to short-list and interview the candidates for the position of Artistic Director. This process will be directly supported by the Arts Council. Due to the delay in the formation of the recruitment panel the Board has decided to extend the deadline for applications to Friday 28 March at 5pm.

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The Model Board

5 Mar. 2014

Barrie Cooke

The Model Board and Staff are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Barrie Cooke. He was an exceptional artist who made an outstanding contribution to The Model during his time as a board member. He is remembered by all of us with great fondness and warmth. We are fortunate to hold the wonderful Knocknarea I, 2001 The Niland Collection.

We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to his family and to his many friends.

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Emer McGarry

4 Mar. 2014

Sligo Children's Book Festival - a jewel in the crown of community arts

The Model, Kid’s Own and Hawks Well are delighted to launch Sligo Children’s Book Festival for the second year running. Preparations for the festival have started already with the exciting installation of the Kid’s Own Book Factory in The Model foyer tomorrow morning. The life-size mobile cardboard book factory has been designed by Kids Own and the very talented design students of the BA Product Design course, Sligo IT.

An exhibition of children’s books, made by children at Kids Own Book Press workshops at The Model can be viewed in The Model’s bookshop from March 6th. The fabulous Mr. Foley, the Radio Operator plays host to young audiences at Hawks Well Theatre on Sunday, 3 pm; whilst Rumpelstilskin creates a scene in The Model theatre at 2 pm. Oh, and a brunch special will be served from noon in The Model Café.

The Model warmly invites you to The Sligo Children’s Book Festival to be launched by Lady Mayor, Marcella McGarry, on Thursday, March 6th at 6 pm.

Click here for more details.

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Marie Louise Blaney

4 Mar. 2014

Rock Steady Go! A 1950s themed film screening coming to The Model this March

Take a nostalgic trip back to the kitsch of the fifties at The Model for a very special screening of the cult movie Cry Baby on Saturday March 29th. Set in 1950s Baltimore, it stars Johnny Depp in one of his first film roles as the dreamboat delinquent Wade “Cry Baby” Walker, a bad-boy with a heart of gold who wins the love of good-girl Allison, a square from the other side of the high school canteen.

The audience is invited to help set the scene by dressing up in their coolest threads, paying homage to the 1950s or emulating the characters from the film. Leather jackets and hair gel recommended! Prizes will be presented to the best dressed chicks and fellas! For this special event, the Pin-Up Pop-Up Salon and Frock Shop will be hosted in The Model between 2-6pm on Saturday afternoon to give you gals retro makeovers for the evening! At the party there will be a vintage photobooth for you to capture those stylish moments.

This screening of John Water’s mischievous musical will be followed by an after party with local DJ Dilly Dream playing a range of rockabilly tunes from the era. Party goers can lounge at the pop-up cocktail bar, serving retro cocktails and sodas throughout the evening. This is the first and only public screening of this movie in Ireland, so be there, or be square!

Doors will open at 7pm, with the screening beginning at 8pm. Tickets are €15 (€12 student or unwaged). Tickets can be purchased on the night or in advance at www.themodel.ie/film/

A percentage of proceeds from this screening will go towards The Donal Parsons Trust.

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Denise Rushe

3 Mar. 2014

'Roadworks' new exhibition by Steve Wickham in Room at The Model

Steve Wickham is the violinist with The Waterboys and a resident artist here at The Model in Sligo.

Roadworks, an exhibition running at ‘Room’ in The Model during the month of March, is a collection of illustrations captured while on the road touring with The Waterboys during 2013 using the dynamic iPad app ‘Paper’.

The illustrations are printed on Bamboo paper and as Wickham points out “They are visual snapshots, moments of reflection and quiet in the midst of a hectic touring schedule.”

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Denise Rushe

3 Mar. 2014

The Model seeks new Artistic Director

The Model is now looking for a dynamic Artistic Director who will lead the Model into its next phase of development to create a leading arts institution of national and international significance while developing artistic engagement with communities in Sligo.

The Artistic Director will define and implement the strategic vision for the organisation and, in collaboration with the Model team will devise and oversee the Model’s programme. They will also be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Model and ensuring that the organisation is run to high professional standards.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of innovative programming in the visual arts as well as the necessary expertise to lead and manage a dynamic organisation of this nature.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience

Application are invited, detailing qualifications and experience and should be marked “Director Application” and made to:

Model Arts and Niland Gallery
The Mall

A job spec can be requested from the email chair@themodel.ie

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date for applications is Friday 14 March at 5pm.

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The Model

28 Feb. 2014

Materials and Perception Masterclass

Anyone who visits the galleries here will find it hard not to get lost, gazing at the wonderful thread installations by Mark Garry. At a first glance they are barely visible, on closer inspection one might think that someone let a real rainbow loose in the room. The rainbow spectrums are just one of many wonderful elements in A Winter Light.

Materials and Perception a masterclass run by the artist himself took place last weekend. This explored a number of methods Mark Garry uses in his installation practice including the famous thread installations. I was lucky to get a last minute spot in the class and I would have been sorry had I missed out. Not being an artist, I was apprehensive about attending an installation master class, but being drawn to the exhibition I was also excited to learn and explore new skills.

Saturday morning began with Mark giving us a guided tour of A Winter Light. This was followed by a short presentation on some of Mark’s personal interests and what inspires him. These included videos of 1920s ballet Das Triadische and one of Mark’s personal heroes, John Cage

We then collaborated together to create optical illusion style art. In doing this, we learned the techniques Garry employs in his installation practice. Each of us were given pens to draw parallel lines down a sheet of paper. Once the entire sheet had been filled, we repeated the process with two new colours. Our finished sheets were attached side by side to the wall. We then selected strands of theads that complemneted the colour of the ink and pinned lenghts of them over the sheets. Doing this created an optical illusion effect. Learning the process of how the rainbow spectrums are created made me appreciate them all the more. Visually they are stunning but knowing how much work and care is put into them makes them that little bit more special.

In the afternoon we worked as a group on a larger installation using brightly coloured ribbon, string and fine mesh netting. In a lot of Garry’s work he uses every day materials in different ways; for example, thread to create the famous rainbow spectrum. We assessed the room and our presence in that space. As a group of ten, our installation grew and became dense with materials. Mark encouraged us to step back and look at it objectively before removing some elements to make the installation visually stronger.

Sunday morning began by folding colourful paper to form origami masks. Mark has used origami in practice in the past and there is an origami leaf in the current exhibition. The masks were later used by us for a performance piece about movement and shadows.

Throughout the day we made new installations using the same methods and materials from Saturday. We created our own individual installations before working as a group to create a simpler one which was the backdrop for the performance piece.

Materials and Perception was a new experience for me. I feel that the intention of the master class was to open people’s minds about installation art, what it involves and its processes. Through taking part in this I know I’ll look at installation art with a fresh perspective and I will appreciate it more.

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Erin Fox

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