9 Nov. 2018

Assistant Curator delivers talk on Evie Hone

Recently at The Model our Assistant Curator Heike Thiele gave a fascinating talk on Irish artist Evie Hone for one of Sligo’s local schools. The school were interested in Evie Hone as they had come across her stained glass windows in their religion class.

The children were given a chance to look at her work up close and personal in our education room as her print Dominican Saint which is part of The Niland Collection was specially set up for their visit.
They also learnt about Evie Hones life and about the artists that influenced her, like the Italian artist Giotto whose frescos in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua started her interest in Religious Art.

The student’s learnt how Evie approached making art and how she would first draw preliminary sketches and try scale studies before making the finished piece. They also found out what went into the making of the stained glass windows by watching the documentary Hallowed Fire which was also set up in the education room as part of this unique experience.

If your school is interested in The Niland collection or Gallery Tours, please phone The Model on 071 914 1405

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Barry McHugh

5 Oct. 2018

Navá is set to return to Sligo for one night only

We are thrilled that Navá will be holding a concert here on Sat. 13 Oct. Those who attended Culture Night 2016 will fondly remember Iranian brother’s Shahab and Shayan Coohe from their arresting performance with Kaleidoscope Night at The Model. Navá, for those unfamiliar with the group, is an Irish-Persian ensemble comprised of the Coohe brothers & folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes. Both Iran and Ireland have long musical histories interweaved into their respective cultures, and Navá effortlessly intermingles these histories, to create a whimsical genre-defying sound.

Using the Santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that pre-dates the duclimer and piano) and the Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar) the Coohe brothers create music in the great Persian tradition of improvisation and composition. The traditional music of Iran is believed to be a message, a call from the artist’s innermost consciousness. Deeply intertwined with Iran’s age-old history and culture, it is an expression of the joys, loves, sorrows, efforts and struggles of life throughout the ages. Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes represent the Celtic side of the divide, keeping a punchy, traditional Irish rhythm with both the banjo and guitar.

The musical freedom of Persian melodies infused with the strict, melodic form of Irish traditional sound not only create an unexplored landscape of folk but also a totally original live performance that will be sure to leave a lasting impression. Navá’s incomparable sound has recently warranted a nomination for Best Emerging Folk Artist at the RTE Radio One Folk.

During the ensemble’s performance at The Model, Navá will be performing material from their debut album ‘Tapestry,’ as well premiering new material. Although Nava’s nationwide tour will see them perform in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Clare, Mayo, and Galway, the quartet will perform at The Model for one night and one night only, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

Navá will perform at The Model on Sat. 13 Oct., 8pm

Tickets can be purchased online or at The Model box office on 0719141405

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Rebecca Kennedy

21 Sep. 2018

Culture Night 2018: What’s On

That special time of year is upon us once again. Culture Night, a staple event of every culture vultures’ calendar takes place this evening, on Fri. 21 of September. To help you sort your schedule for what is sure to be a fantastic night of dazzling cultural displays, we have complied a list of what The Model has on offer. So grab your pens and gets circling because we have an exciting selection of events you won’t want to miss!

Eamon O’Kane; A History of Play | 10 am – 10 pm

A History of Play in a colourful three-dimensional installation where children are invited to explore shape, colour and constructive design through imaginative and creative play. Inspired by the work of the innovative kindergarten pioneer, Fredrich Frobel, this fantastic exhibition was designed to help kid’s build and create while having an excellent time.

Imagination Playground | 3pm – 6pm

Come and build with the Imagination Playground, our collaboration event with the Hawkswell Theatre. This breakthrough playspace concept was designed to encourage child-directed free play. These blue foam blocks of various shapes – squares, channel chutes, balls, and connectors – enable children and their adults to have hours of fun as they imagine, invent, build and play. This is a fully facilitated event. Suitable for children 7 – 10 years old.

Open Studios | 5pm – 10pm

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, Keira O’Toole, Michael Wann and Steve Wickham. This is a great event for any art enthusiast or student eager to see what being a working artist really means.

Sligo Global Kitchen | 5pm – 6.30pm

Why take just take part in Culture Night when you eat it too? SGK is back with a selection of delicious canapés from around the world that will be sure to get your mouth-watering. As always, Sligo Global Kitchen welcomes all so bring your family, friends and neighbours and break some bread with members of SGK.

Film Screening – The Breadwinner | 6pm – 7.45pm

The Model proudly presents an exclusive screening of Cartoon Saloon’s latest film The Breadwinner in The Model Cinema.
The Breadwinner tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life. The Breadwinner is a celebration of children – for children, whatever their age, wherever they live. The film was directed by Nora Twomey with a screenplay by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis.

Jennifer Walshe; Aisteach | 10 am -10 pm

This ambitious multi-faceted exhibition combining visual art, literature, film, performance and music, will see renowned composer and artist Jennifer Walshe working both as artist and curator of Aisteach; the Avant-Garde Archive of Ireland.

Tour our acclaimed Aisteach exhibition with Jennifer Walshe | 6 pm

The Niland Gallery | 10 am – 10 pm

Yeats: Portrait of a Family. This exhibition gifts the viewer with an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists. The show features a body of work newly added to The Niland Collection.
A selection of Jack B. Yeats work from The Niland collection is also on display.

Jack Fennell | 7 pm

Join writer Jack Fennell as he presents a gallery talk on his adventures in the annals of Irish science fiction writing to reveal strange and wonderful tales of time-travel, alien visitations and terrifying monsters. Fennell, who is the editor of A Brilliant Void: A Selection of Classic Irish Science Fiction, considers in this talk both how our ancestors imagined the future world, while also hypothesising what a Martian might perhaps make of a hurling match or the banking inquiry.

Project for the reclamation of the Irish Body; Curated by Jennifer Walshe | 8pm -10 pm

The galleries that host Jennifer Walshe’s exhibition will be filled with music and movement. Dancers will offer free, short group classes in a wide variety of dances and physical practices, all aimed at absolute beginners.

Click here to visit the Project for the reclamation of the Irish Body event

Free Admission to all events

7 Sep. 2018


Sligo’s classical music organisation Con Brio put on its first classical music concert in 1999 and each year in the past 20 years it has presented concerts by the cream of Irish classical ensembles and soloists.

These have included the Irish Concert, Baroque, and Chamber Orchestras, The Vanbrugh, Contempo and Calling Quartets, Hugh Tinney, Finghin Collins, Catherine Leonard and John O’ Connor. It has also presented a host go highly recommended International artists. In recent years these have included pianists Alessandro Taverna, Nikolay Khozyainov, Joanna McGregor and Nicolay Demindenko,, violist Maxim Rysanov, Emmanuelle Betrand and Pascal Amoyel, Trio di Parma, Chloe Hanslip and Danny Driver, and cellists Leonard Elschbrioch and Marc Coppey.

The 2018/2019 Sligo Music Series will be its twentieth consecutive season and given the calibre of ensembles and musicians taking part it promises to be its best to date.

While Irish musicians will be well represented there will possibly be a greater participation by international musicians than in past Con Brio seasons with cellists featuring prominently. French cellist Marc Coppey is considered to be one of the world’s leading cellists. Since he won the Leipzig Bach Competition in 1988, at the age of 18, he has gone on to forge a stellar international career. He will give a solo recital on October 5th and his programme will include two of Bach’s profound cello suites, number 1 and number 5, together with Kodaly’s Sonata in B minor.

The young German cellist Benedict Kloeckner will perform in a duo with Russian violinist Yury Revich on November 11th and as part of their programme Benedict will perform another of Bach’s cello suites, the number 3 in C major.

The final concert of 2018 features a trio of outstanding British musicians – cellist Natalie Klein, pianist Julius Drake and soprano Claire Booth, while the first concert of 2019 will see a welcome return by one of the Con Brio audience’s favourite ensembles, the Contempo Quartet.

All in all a wonderful season lies in store for the region’s classical music enthusiasts or indeed for anyone interested in hearing some world class classical musicians.

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13 Jul. 2018

Imagine to Imagine: A little bit of freedom and some well-organized chaos

This article first appeared in Sligo Now magazine July 2018 edition

Imagine to Imagine was an art camp for artists, students and art enthusiasts that was held in The Model, Sligo. To gain an understanding of this unique workshop, which took place in June, Rebecca Kennedy spoke to facilitating Artist, Lillian Scholtes, and a few of the workshop’s participants. Imagine to Imagine was held as an extension of Future Perfect, an exhibition that saw sixteen contemporary German artists exhibit their work. The show contained a kaleidoscope of mediums, including films, photographs, sculptures, objects, paintings, and collages, so it was a rich well of material on which to base a workshop. Among the artists featured in the exhibition, were prestigious German art-group DAS INSTITUT, Cyprien Gaillard and former artist-in-residence Yorgos Sapountzis.

When entering the room in which the workshop was held, it was easy to see that when The Model advertised Imagine to Imagine as a multi-media workshop, they meant it. Glitter dusts the floor, sheets of lavender and mauve fabrics are draped from the roof beams, and what looks to be a large make-shift boat is assembled in the corner. Scholtes, the facilitator of the group wanders from participant to participant, offering advice and assistance. ‘I do not criticize,’ said Scholtes, who seemed repelled by the very idea of it, ‘I am not here to criticize anyone, I am just a presence in the room that may help if needed.’ And help she does, at one point in the morning, Scholtes could be seen helping one participant wrap another, mummy-style, in metallic gold sheet paper. Scholtes is a seasoned artist who works predominantly with sculpture, but she never misses a chance to facilitate a workshop, as she sees education as an integral facet of her practice. ‘I understand my practice as being educational as well as artistic. My work is set every day between education and practice, the lines are blurred.’

Imagine to Imagine is what could be called a ‘response’ workshop, meaning that the participants began the workshop by spending some time in Future Perfect, to get inspired before the workshop began. The depth and breath of work exhibited was certainly reflected in the range of work produced in the workshop, be it 2D, 3D, video or performance, it was represented.

Imagine to Imagine was free-form, so participants could make anything they desired, without the restriction of an objective. Scholtes, who tours along with the exhibition, has held this workshop around the globe and knows what to expect. In order to encourage those who take part in the Imagine to Imagine to break free from their comfort zone, Scholtes advises her workshop to make first, and think later. ‘If you approach with form and not meaning,’ said Scholtes, ‘it’s an invitation to talk. The material just allows you to make whatever is in your head a physical thing, so you can share it. Sometimes a participant might have an idea of what they want to make before they make it, whatever they want, I do not criticize.’

Expression is the key theme in free-form workshops like Imagine to Imagine, which have become increasingly popular since the recent revival of age-old practices like mindfulness, meditation and art therapy. The benefits of an art practice in terms of mental health has long documented history but there are many other benefits for participants, like Maggie Hedge, who had this to say on the workshop, ‘It took me out of my comfort zone in the Ox Mountains, and it presented us with different materials, which is great because I usually just do the gardening. It’s me time!’
Imagine to Imagine also offered its participants the opportunity to build on their own knowledge and improve their skills by picking up tips from an experienced artist, which was certainly a draw for some of the classes participants, many of whom had been practising some form of art for years. An example of this was Scholtes demonstration of how exhibited art can be read in context with one another. While a piece may conjure a certain frame of thought on its own, that frame of thought may be challenged when read in the entirety of the exhibition. ‘We looked at how things are connected,’ said Scholtes, ‘like the work of DAS INSTITUT. There is work made from many different mediums and they are each made at different times but together, they tell a complex story.’

Others, particularly the teenage members of the workshop were drawn to the social element of the workshop. Sometimes, living along the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way can have its disadvantages, one being that it can be difficult to find those who have similar interests to your own, particularly if those interests are niche. Workshops like Imagine to Imagine give participants the chance to meet like-minded people who can expose you to new tricks of the trade like framing ideas, art by artists you’ve never heard of, galleries and museums to explore, and even new music to listen to. There are many fringe benefits in the workshop community. Workshops can also function to rejuvenate any underlying artistic ambitions and motivate those who already practice. After immersing yourself in a busy workshop, many will find a desire to work at that concentrated rate. Many artists report an urgency to dive back into their artwork with a rabid work ethic after a workshop.

This proved true for Shannon Re, the education assistant at The Model, who was tasked with assisting Scholtes. Re found the work of many of the participants inspiring, particularly Maggie Hedges’ work, ‘Shipwreck,’ an installation she created while meditating on the refugee crisis. ‘It’s really captivating because it’s explores so many materials in fleshing out the idea. I think that taking everyone out of their comfort zone proved to be very energizing.’

Imagine to Imagine came to an end after five days, with an offer for the participants to make a short presentation about their work so they could further discuss the ideas that had inspired them. The art camp was a great success, with many participants remarking that they hoped the workshop would be held again soon. We can only imagine that it was the formula of Scholtes workshop that won her class over, perhaps we all need a little bit of freedom and some well-organized chaos in our lives.

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Rebecca Kennedy

13 Jun. 2018

Berlin Artist Nasan Tur to take Residency at The Model

The Model is delighted to welcome German artist Nasan Tur to Sligo for a summer residency. Tur will deliver an artist talk on July 1st, and facilitate a special family day on July 15th at as part of the associated programme for Future Perfect, and exhibition of contemporary art from Germany.

Born in 1974 in Offenbach, Nasan Tur lives in Berlin. In humorous and subversive works he reflects on the relationship between the viewers of an artwork and the work itself in public space. At the interface of art and life, his works often invite viewers to take participatory action.

In 2006, Nasan Tur made a set of “Backpacks”, which is currently being exhibited in The Model as part of Future Perfect. These backpacks can be borrowed by exhibition visitors and used in public space as their wishes, demands, or needs dictate – for demonstrating or sabotaging, for public speaking, for a fan ritual, or just to cook something. Art leaves the museum and can be individually appropriated.

All are welcome to attend the artist talk with Nasan Tur at 5 pm on July 1st.

A dynamic family workshop, which promises to be inventive, humorous and loads of fun on July 15th is for children aged 6+ and their parents/guardians.
Further details are available on themodel.ie

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Rebecca Kennedy

3 Jun. 2018

Deepest Condolences

The Model is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Seán McSweeney. Seán was a true artist and a beautiful soul. Time spent with him in his studio was inspirational and precious. Seán and his beloved wife Sheila were instrumental in the foundation of The Model, and they continued to be wonderful supporters of the organisation. We are fortunate to have several great examples of Seán’s work in The Niland Collection. Our deepest sympathy to Sheila, Orna, Colmán, Sally, Stephen, Tadhg, Hugh and all of Sean’s grandchildren and loved ones.

In this lovely piece of audio from 2011, Sean speaks about the work of Jack Butler Yeats:

Eileen Magner interview with Sean McSweeney and Emer McGarry

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Emer McGarry

24 Apr. 2018

Carbury National School - Punc 1x1

In February, Carbury National School responded to the Punc 1×1 artworks on loan to their school from the Niland Collection. They produced their own artistic interpretations of the Niland Collection paintings through a series of interactive workshops as part of the Punc artist in schools initiative, a new strand to this years programme.

They examined intriguing aspects of the paintings, which were on display in their school recently. While the artist was at their school the students explored paintings of the ever-changing Irish landscape and experimented with perspective drawing.

Their wonderful creativity prompted a whole range of suggested names for the painting that was on display in their school. Below are some of their unique and creative suggestions for what the title could be:

Valley of Hills
Sleeping Giant
Hillside Houses
Hidden Lizard
Reptile Mountain
Gloomy Valley
Clouds Over Country
Frog Mountain
From the Top of the Hill
A Land of Peace
Storm on the Blue Mountains
Hidden Lake
Volcanic Valley

Since visiting the school the 3rd class children continued to engage Niland Collection by visiting The Model for a guided gallery tour of our exhibition Turbulence.

Artist Shannon Re will continue to visit each of the seven participating schools from now to the end of May. If your school is interested in workshops with the artist please phone The Model on 071 914 1405

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Rebecca Kennedy

13 Apr. 2018

The Model Blog celebrates its 10th birthday

The Model blog has been entertaining, enthralling and informing the public for an entire decade. The blog, which celebrates its 10th birthday on April 16th, was started in 2008, when The Model’s website was in its infancy. During its formative years, the blog was primarily a resource for keeping the public informed on all things Model but as time ticked by, the blog gradually developed into an innovative space featuring news on new acquisitions, announcements, reviews, event breakdowns, interviews and guest blogs.

Over the years, the blog has featured articles from various contributors including Model marketing team alumni such as Denise Rushe, Erin Fox, Aoife Porter and also, young model members, guest bloggers, work experience students and artists’ in residence. This has provided The Model blog with a multitude of different styles & influences with each voice bringing its own unique flavor to the blog. Time has also seen the blog develop its tone from informative to a more laid-back, informal style.

In 2010, The Model was nominated for Best Arts and Culture blog in the Irish Blog Awards. Sadly, we missed out on the honour but the nomination did cement the weblogs reputation as a celebration of everything arts and culture. The blog has also boosted a slew of famous interviewees including Patti Smith, Elizabeth Price and Sean Mc Sweeney, all of whom were interviewed either by young model members or new members of staff because here in The Model, we believe in allowing everyone to share in an opportunity, no matter their age, origins or point of view.

So in honor of our weblog’s 10th birthday, we’re celebrating you, our followers. Thank you for reading and supporting The Model blog over the years. We would also like to thank everyone who has contributed to our blog, be them budding writers or talented photographers. We hope you join us as we continue to grow, inform and have fun!

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Rebecca Kennedy

11 Apr. 2018

Sligo Global Kitchen claims Irish Food Writers’ Guild Community Award + New SGK dates

Last Month, Sligo Global Kitchen claimed the prestigious Irish Food Writers’ Guild Community Award. The Model is delighted to see Sligo Global Kitchen recognised for all their hard work and dedication. SGK was awarded the honour by none other than the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, an organisation that celebrates indigenous food producers and organisations who create, make and share great Irish produce and products while helping to maintain Ireland’s outstanding international reputation in food and drink. We think that SGK are fully deserving of this award and congratulate them for their achievement.

SGK grew out of a simple idea; that people living locally in direct provision might appreciate the use of the arts centre’s industrial kitchen to cook and eat together, given that residents cannot cook their own food whilst living in direct provision. Anna Spearman, a studio artist at The Model, reached out to Mabel Chah to liaise with other residents in direct provision and SGK was born. Since its inception, SGK has seen hundreds of friends and strangers gather together to enjoy dishes from Syria, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ireland, Poland and other countries. These communal dinners function to foster connections between the local community and those living in direct provision. Everyone is welcome and the meals are served for free, although donations are received with gratitude. The donations that are collected are then used to fund future SGK events. SGK has been generously funded since 2015 by the Community Foundation for Ireland. Other funding sources include the Communities Integration Fund. Since it’s inception, SGK has served over a thousand people and The Model is proud to have played host to some of their most memorable events.

Since receiving the Irish Food Writers’ Guild Community Award, members of SGK have been having their say on how the win has made them feel. ‘I am very happy for the prize we have received, it is a joy to know that the collaboration of all and teamwork has resulted in this award,’ said Arle Bell Gallardo, a member of Sligo Global Kitchen. Mabel Chah, the project co-odinater of SGK, also chimed in with her point of view on the big win. ‘I think it was very rewarding and more so because we don’t do anything with the hope that we will be receiving awards or national recognition,’ said Mabel, ‘We are grateful for The Model opening it’s doors to us and to Sligo sharing in our meals and to the whole nation for taking us in. We are here!’

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Rebecca Kennedy