26 Nov. 2013
The Model would like to thank everyone involved in the successful fundraiser for DVAS that took place on Saturday night last. This year’s divas & divos included Aileen Concannon with Eoin Troy & Seamie McGowan, Claudia Schwab, Margo Barrow with Mark Murphy & Bernard Tohill, Sarah Crummy & Deirdre Farrell, Margaret Kilcoyne with Nigel Robinson and Mark Conway, the Cork based singer songwriter Foxglove, Cathy Jordan who played for the first time with nieces Síofra Jordan, Maria & Deia Carbonnell, supported by Seanan Brennan and Kieran Quinn. The gig was headlined by the incredible Berlin based Irish singer -songwriter Nina Hynes who was joined on stage by a choir for the grand finale. Sligo writer Kati Winter was our Diva MC number 1 and a special thanks also goes to Strandhill local Sarah Middleton and her troop of dancers that brought a big smile to everyone’s faces at the interlude. The energy was fantastic.
Many Sligo businesses showed great support for the event including Ana Faye, Bistro Bianconi, Carraig Donn, The Cat and The Moon, Eala Bhan, Hargadons, Kate’s Kitchen, Lorna Gault, Sligo Acupuncture Clinic and The Wine Buff.
The Model Café also generously donated 10% of their takings from the night towards the charity as did singers Nina Hynes and Foxglove donate a percentage of their CD sales
“A diva is a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular music …. “ It’s fair to say that Divas for DVAS
delivered what it promised – an exceptional line up featuring women with outstanding talent and there were quite a few divos in there too! All in the name of raising funds for an excellent charity – the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service. DVAS
provides an amazing confidential support service to a large number of people who are suffering as a result of domestic violence.Click here for information on DVAS
Both DVAS and The Model wish to thank the performers sincerely for agreeing to perform in aid of the charity and helping to create this wonderful night!
Thanks to Donal Hackett, Photo Creation Stuff for the images.
19 Nov. 2013
The Sligo Flea Market is back at The Model with bells on!
For our Christmas markets on Saturday November 23rd, December 14th and 21st, we’re going to be TWICE the size, that means DOUBLE the stalls, and twice the choice! Want a one of a kind vintage dress for the office party? How about some vintage costume jewellery for the ladies in your life – or perhaps your fella collects vinyl! We’ve got your back!
We’re going all festive, so as well as the usual favourites – vintage and preloved clothing, retro bric a brac, bohemian gifts and up-cycled jewellery, our fabulous stallholders will be selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, artisan children’s toys, and retro bakes that will take you back to the Christmas’ of your own childhood! Joining us in December will be the designers from The Mall Studio, selling a range of exclusive illustrations, suitable for that special Christmas gift.
After you’ve made that list (and checked it twice!), put your feet up at our dedicated ‘Pamper Parlour’, or relax in the reopened The Model Café.
12 Nov. 2013
November 23rd @ 8pm
For booking and information: 071 – 914 1405 / www.themodel.ie
This November The Model is delighted to be hosting the now annual ‘Divas for DVAS’, a night celebrating women with all proceeds going towards the safe house project by DVAS. DVAS (Domestic Violence Advocacy Service) is a local service, protecting women affected by domestic violence throughout Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.
The support for this annual event has once again been astounding – both DVAS and The Model would like to sincerely thank all performers for agreeing to play for free in support of the charity.
‘Divas for DVAS’ features an all star line up with some of Ireland’s (and predominantly hailing from Sligo) most versatile female talents. Our ‘divas’ this year include Aileen Concannon with Eoin Troy, Claudia Schwab, Margo Barrow, YouTube sensations, Sarah Crummy & Deirdre Farrell, Margaret Kilcoyne with Nigel Robinson of Big Papa Blues Band and Mark Conway of (Now retired) Grizzly Dippers. we’re delighted to welcome back Cathy Jordan who generously supported the event last year. This year Cathy will perform – for the first time – together with niece Síofra Jordan, who has also been taking Sligo’s music scene by storm with Blind Fox and the re-formed Wagamuffins (Ex Ragamuffins). Cork based singer songwriter Foxglove who recently wowed audiences at her performance on the acoustic stage at The Model during Sligo Live will make the journey back to Sligo and we will round off the evening with a guest appearance by Berlin based Irish singer -songwriter Nina Hynes.
Nina released her debut album, Staros, to huge critical acclaim in 1999 and has since released a further 2 albums and number of EP’s on her own record label Transplant Records. Nina has appeared on Other Voices, No Disco and The View, has toured internationally and has also supported Roxy Music, Stereolab, Damien Rice and The Frames. She most recently took part in a series of Trailblaze events during Dublin Fringe Festival where she performed with a choir of 101 children to incredible effect.
The vibe will be set by the tunes of Indie DJ Karen Spellman and visuals by Nigel Gallagher in The Model Atrium so come early!
Join us for an excellent evening of entertainment in aid of a very worthy charity.
For more information about the excellent and much needed service which DVAS provide, please see www.domesticviolence.ie
12 Nov. 2013
The Model is delighted to announce the launch of its new online shop and digital database of The Niland Collection. These new website pages further expand the site and create a more in-depth experience for both real and virtual visitors
The Model Shop now allows customers to purchase The Model’s fantastic range of art books and magazines, artists’ prints, children’s activity books, calendars and postcards and other quirky products all from the comfort of their own armchairs. The Model is stocking up on great Christmas gifts so do remember to visit the www.themodel.ie/shop for details
Virtual visitors can also now browse a digital database of The Niland Collection, which includes colour reproductions of works alongside specially commissioned art historical texts and biographical information on artists. The addition of the database is a wonderful resources for art lovers and scholars.
Another new feature of the website details the menu, ethos and opening hours of the newly launched Model Café. The café brings you excellent food at great prices within the beautiful surroundings of The Model’s Atrium. The Model Café is open from Tues-Sat 10am-4.30pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. It is also is now open prior to cinema screenings on Thursday evenings from 7.15pm, serving a range of treats and refreshments. What could be better than to enjoy a relaxing bite to eat or a coffee while discussing The Model’s exciting exhibitions, workshops, cinema screenings and music events?
Have a browse…
29 Oct. 2013
Insect Hotel is an art project for children, collecting natural material and building hotels for insects.
This week in Insect Hotel the children started off by thinking about where insects like to live in other words what cosy places and spaces they might like to sleep in. As a group all the children lay down on a giant piece of paper. They had to lay in the shape they thought insects would fall asleep in. The adults then drew around the children in their sleeping positions.
It was wonderful to see all the shapes and patterns created once the children stood up and checked out the marks they left behind.
After this we set about building a shelter over our giant piece of paper. We took blankets and rope and twigs and any other things in the room and built a shelter as a group. This was a great activity as some of the children got really involved in decorating the shelter while others were more interested in construction.
Once our shelter was built all the children got inside under some blankets and got cosy. Here we talked about insects and some facts about them, the children knew quit a lot of facts about insects.
After the cosy time in the shelter we got a demonstration about how when leaves and twigs fall outside they create little spaces and pockets. It is in these spaces and pockets that insects like to live and hide. The children were shown how to construct an insect hotel using a terracotta pot some bamboo sticks tied together some leaves and some twigs.
All the materials are packed tightly in the pot and covered with the netting that oranges come in.
Once constructed the children then decorated them with feathers, string and coloured tape
As a group we then ventured outside to explore the grounds of The Model we were looking for insect hiding places and for materials so that we could build more hotels. Once back indoors all the children gathered round a big sketch book and drew pictures of what we think insects would like.Where they would like to live. What they would like to eat. All children left with their insect hotels ready to place in their gardens and a bag of gathered materials to make more hotels.
They left with lots of smiles all round.
15 Oct. 2013
The Model was delighted to welcome artist Phil Collins to the gallery at the successful opening night of his exhibition on Saturday Oct. 12. The exhibition showcases three room installations which have never before been shown in Ireland. free fotolab, 2009, dunia tak akan mendengar, 2007, and the meaning of style, 2011. The night kicked off in the black box with Collins and Dr Declan Long in conversation about his work. This was followed by a wine reception and a chance for the public to catch a first glimpse of the exhibition which was received with much admiration.
Originally from Runcorn, England Collins now resides in Germany teaching at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. After studying Drama and English in Manchester he moved on to study an MA in Fine Arts at the College of Art and Design in Belfast. After completing his MA, he was picked as one of the New Contemporaries in 2001 and in the same year won the Absolute Prize. In 2001 he won a Paul Hamlyn Award for visual arts. His project ‘Shady Lane Productions’ was nominated for a Turner prize in 2006.
In his films, photographs and live events, he investigates the relationship between the camera and its subjects, and the affective potential of various recording media in their everyday context.
In order to create free fotolab, Collins invited inhabitants of various European cities to submit their undeveloped rolls of 35mm film. He processed and printed films free of charge, and in return the amateur photographers relinquished the rights to their images. The selected images are by turns coherent and surprising, poignantly reminding us of the experiences and visual cues that are shared by people around the world.
In Dunia tak akan mendengar, Collins collaborates with fans of The Smiths across three continents to create a karaoke video version of the 1987 eponymous compilation album. The artist initially re-recorded the entire album, song by song, with musicians in Bogotá (Colombia) and created a karaoke machine that was toured to subsequent far-flung locations, including Istanbul (Turkey), Jakarta and Bandung in Indonesia, where this particular installment was filmed.
the meaning of style, is a short 16 mm film transferred to video, produced with a group of young anti-fascist skinheads in Penang in Malaysia. Here Collins looks at the local adoption of skinhead subculture, originally a black and white working class movement, in the form of a cinematic reverie set to an original soundtrack by Welsh musician Gruff Rhys and North Wales surf band Y Niwl. Incorporating a rich collage of symbols and architecture from East and West, the film provides a delicate frame for reflection on the relationship between British colonial history, complex racial politics, and contemporary cultural styles in this region of the world.
The Phil Collins exhibition runs until January 2014.
1 Oct. 2013
Last Monday & Tuesday The Mall Sligo was alive with Actor’s, Extra’s, Cameramen & some famous faces along with a very impressive filmset which transformed the street opposite The Model back to 1930’s Ireland.
Ken Loach was let loose with his dedicated team onto the street to film the upcoming Film ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ which is about the Irish socialist Jim Gralton and the hall he used as a political rallying point in 1932.
It follows the only Irishman ever to be deported by the Irish Government in 1933.
The cast includes actor’s such as Barry Ward ‘The Plough and the Stars’ , Simone Kirby ‘Pure Mule’ & Andrew Scott ‘Sherlock’. The screenplay is written by Loach and Paul Laverty who previously collaborated on Irish Civil War drama ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’.
‘Jimmy’s Hall’ takes place in 1932 when Jimmy re-opens the hall after returning from New York, a decade after the events of ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’.
Other cast members include Jim Norton ‘Water for Elephants’ ; Brían O’Byrne (‘Mildred Pierce’); Sorcha Fox; Aisling Franciosi; Karl Geary; Denise Gough; Aileen Henry; Seamus Hughes; Martin Lucey; Francis Magee; Conor McDermottroe; Mikel Murfi and Shane O’Brien.
Here are a few novice shots I captured on the Tuesday. Enjoy!
5 Sep. 2013
This position involves working with The Model’s Marketing Dept in order to assist with raising awareness of all strands of the Model’s programme.
The role involves supporting the Marketing Coordinator. Applicants should have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite in order to help layout and design newspaper advertisements, invitations cards, posters, text panels, in-house signage and road signs where necessary.
Good communication, organisation and computer skills are key to this role. Candidates must have a good working knowledge of computers especially Adobe Creative Suite and be able to demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative.
An educational background and / or work experience in graphic design or visual communication is vital, as is an interest in the arts.
Duties to support Marketing Coordinator include:
•To layout and design weekly newspaper advertisements
•To layout and print manager all publicity and promotional material including posters, brochures, flyers, text panels and external signage.
•To implement and strengthen The Model’s branding in all aspects of in-house design work.
•To add features or enhance web pages on Model’s site where necessary.
•To compile and issue listings, e-bulletins, press releases etc. where required
•To input into The Model’s online presence and to assist with updating The Model’s social media platforms.
•To be fully informed about all Model activities and programmes.
•To assist with mail shots: invitations, events brochures, etc.
The position is available under the FAS community employment scheme and involves nineteen and a half hours per week. The workweek may include weekends and evenings.
Please submit an up-to-date CV and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please confirm your eligibility with your local FAS Office before applying for this position
30 Aug. 2013
We are all deeply saddened today to hear the news that Seamus Heaney has passed away.
It’s not often that one can say they’ve had the pleasure of spending an hour in the company of one of the legendary figures of Irish literature. However that honour was mine last year when Joe Cox of Sligo Yeats Society brought Seamus Heaney to The Model for a private tour of the Jack B Yeats collection.
Heaney was visibly moved by a number of Jack Yeats’ later works and I recall that he paid particular attention to Leaving the Far Point, 1947, a very personal work by Yeats that eloquently addresses mortality, death and the natural cycle of life. Heaney’s erudition was clear as he quoted lines and recounted anecdotes about the Yeats Family, particularly John Butler Yeats in whom he appeared to have a strong interest. However it was his humility that left the biggest impression on me as he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to see the collection.
Our sympathies go out to his wife Marie and his children.
Ar dheis go raibh a anam