28 Feb. 2018

Sligo Children's Book Festival 2018

Three of Sligo’s leading cultural organisations have come together once more to host the Sligo Children’s Book Festival, celebrating family literacy and creativity of parents and young children. The Model, Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and the Hawk’s Well Theatre have created a month long action-packed festival featuring storytelling, theatre, film, visual art, craft and book-making to inspire and entertain children and parents alike!

Sligo Children’s Book Festival will take place from Friday 2nd to Saturday 31st of March, with lots of book-related fun activities for children to enjoy. Events will take place at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model and schools in Sligo. The festival kicks off from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Friday 2nd of March, with an action packed evening of Roald Dahl themed fun at the Hawk’s Well. There will be dreadly drumming workshops, fluckgungled face-painting, crodsquinkled craft workshops and a biffsquiggled bookshop to launch the month long festival.

From Tuesday 6th to Saturday 31st of March the Youth City Zine exhibition takes place at The Model, presenting the work of Cranmore’s Youth City. Everyone is welcome to the opening on Tuesday 6th of March at 7pm. On Friday 9th and Friday 23rd of March from 4.30 to 6pm creative seven to nine year olds can join Dympna O’Driscoll at the Hawk’s Well to create their very own fantastical dreams in a Dream Jars workshop.

On Sunday 11th and 18th of March from 12.30 to 2pm ArtTrap at The Model provides the perfect space for children to innovate, explore and experiment, using art and craft-making processes with artists Sinéad O’Hanlon and Ana Faye. On Monday 19th of March at 3pm, enjoy the wonderful anarchic work of children’s favourite Roald Dahl with storyteller and artist Wayne O’Connor as famous fairy tales are re-imagined in a suitably revolting manner at the Hawk’s Well.

Monkeyshine Theatre present The Magic Bookshop at The Model on Tuesday 20th at 11am, 1pm & 4pm and Wednesday 21st of March at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 4pm with performances for schools and families. The Magic Bookshop is an immersive experience for everyone over 5 and audiences are invited to bring a gently used book to swap at the book exchange.

On Sunday 25th of March an Easter special Family Day workshop takes place at The Model from 11.30am to 3pm with artists Sinéad O’Hanlon and Ana Faye helping families to make their own hand-printed Easter cards, followed by a secret screening at 2pm.

From Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th of March at 1pm at The Model, lunch time secret screenings for children take place at a pop-up cinema with a range of films adapted from favourite books. On Saturday 31stof March at 2.30pm, the Hawk’s Well Theatre present their Dahlicious Books & Hot Chocolate Club get-togethers for young readers. Children will take part in a gloriumptious craft-making activity and enjoy an entertaining squishous storytelling session with a lickwishy hot chocolate! Suitable for children aged 7-9 and created this event is nearly sold out.

Many of these events have limited availability so advance booking is advised at the venue. For further information and to book events at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, contact their box office on 071 9161518 or online at www.hawkswell.com. For bookings and further information on events taking place in The Model, contact 071 9141405 or info@themodel.ie

Kids’ Own is on tour to schools in the month of March, bringing their archive to books to class groups across the county of Sligo. Schools are invited to spend a morning with writer Mary Branley and artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward exploring the canon of books by kids for kids, and developing their own work in response. Through this programme, Kids’ Own engage 2 – 3 class groups per day. Schools can contact Kids’ Own on 071 912 4945 or visit www.kidsown.ie for more information.

22 Feb. 2018

The Tain - performance, exhibition and workshop

The Model is delighted to bring three interpretations; in three artforms; of the early Irish classic, An Táin, together in one space, for a public performance and exhibition on 28 April 2018.

Lorcán MacMathúna, who has been described as one of the most progressive talents in contemporary folk music, will present his reinterpretation of ancient Irish epic, The Tain using Louis LeBrocquy’s works of the same name from The Niland Collection as an inspiration and a backdrop. The Model will present a selection of original illustrations created by Le Brocquy for Thomas Kinsella’s seminal 1969 translation of the great Irish epic, the Táin Bó Cúailnge. Lorcán MacMathúna’s unique and exciting reinterpretation of ancient the Bardic texts will bring a 1st century mythological tale to life for contemporary audiences across the disciplines of dance, Sean Nós composition and traditional music.

This multi-disciplinary performance will see MacMathúna bring together outstanding contemporary dance artist, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, with traditional musicians Martin Tourish, Eamonn Galldubh, and Daire Bracken. The performance takes place on Saturday 28 April at 7pm and will be followed by a discussion with MacMathúna and Ó Conchúir led by composer and musician Emer Mayock. Tickets are available from The Model and are priced at €12. The exhibition will continue until Sunday 3rd June and is free of charge.

In addition, MacMathuna will facilitate a practical workshop for students and arts practitioners the following day on 29 April at 1 pm. The workshop will explore the relationship between dance and inter-disciplinary art practice and is free of charge to attend, however, prior booking is essential.

15 Feb. 2018

Punc 1x1 at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal

This month, Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, in Ballymote, South Sligo 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 this winter. In the workshops 1st, 2nd and 3rd class students explored ideas, textures, experimental drawing, printmaking and even tried their hand at making their own drawing tools.

Their passionate engagement prompted a whole range of suggested names for the painting currently on display in their school. Below are some of their unique and creative suggestions for what the title could be:
Sun behind the Mountain
Sheppard’s Call
Lonely Sunset
Fire Peak
Apocalypse
The Edge of the Lost City
Bonfire Night
Haunted House
Evening Rise
Fire Hotel
Nature Park
Mountain Village
Nature Park
Sound of Nature

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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2 Feb. 2018

Fun for children and families at the Model this Spring

We are thrilled to release details of our Spring education programme at The Model.

The Sligo Children’s Book Festival will take place throughout the month of March. Highlights at The Model include Monkeyshine Theatre’s The Magic Bookshop, an original Zine exhibition of the Cranmore Youth City, and pop-up secret screenings for children. More details coming very soon!

ArtTrap makes a return on Sundays 11 & 18 Mar. ArtTrap is a perfect space for children to innovate using art-making processes with artist Sinéad O’Hanlon and luxury designer Ana Faye. find out more>>

An ArtTrap Sunday Family Easter Special will take place on Sun. 25 March – come along and create your very own Fabergé-style Easter egg. This Family Day Special includes lunch, followed by a secret screening at 2pm. All craft materials are provided but there will be limited places available for the workshop so booking closes Friday, 23rd March. find out more>>

During the Easter holidays, The Model will partner with yoga instructor Louise Waters and artist Sinead O’Hanlon, to present an Easter Camp with a blend of Art and Yoga from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th of April. find out more>>

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon Re, our new Education Assistant. Re is a Limerick artist who graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2016. She was selected as artist-in-schools on our ground-breaking Punc 1×1 programme. PUNC 1×1 places works from the Niland Collection on display in seven participating schools. We are delighted that Shannon has joined The Model team.

Speaking of schools, Teachers and students are invited to book a specialised tour and gallery discussion, to explore The Model’s contemporary exhibition Turbulence. We also host a multi-cultural film programme which supports film in secondary school curricula with screenings for Spanish and French students, find out more>>

And last but not least – suitable for families, early years, schools and groups – the ever-popular History of Play by artist Eamon O’Kane is back after a brief hiatus. Open daily, this three-dimensional installation invites children of all ages to interact with the work through free-play and creativity. find out more>>

16 Jan. 2018

New Acquisition of Artworks from Recent Yeats Family Sale at Sotheby’s

We are delighted to announce the very special acquisition of a considerable body of artworks from the recent Yeats Family sale at Sotheby’s. This is a fantastic body of work and a significant acquisition which will perfectly complement the other works by the Yeats family held within the Niland Collection.

John B Yeats, WB Yeats Reading in the Garden
Image courtesy Sotheby’s

The loan features portraits of both Jack and William by their father and other portraits of their grandparents William and Elizabeth Pollexfen, and their uncle George Pollexfen. The works, which are joining The Niland Collection on a long-term loan from a private collector, will be featured in a very special exhibition at The Model entitled Portrait of a Family from 9 June – 21 October 2018.

John Butler Yeats, Self Portrait, New York
Image courtesy Sotheby’s

Given the recent concern that these paintings, particularly the John Butler Yeats masterpiece, would be dispersed, possibly abroad, we are delighted that they will be made available to the Irish public through The Niland Collection in Sligo, a place that was close to the family’s hearts. We are pleased to share these wonderful objects with our audience and are grateful to the private collector who has made this most generous gesture.

John B Yeats, Jack in a Straw Hat
Image courtesy Sotheby’s

We are especially delighted with the generous gift of Jack Butler Yeats’ model boats and travelling case, which will enable us to bring the Yeats Family story to life for the children of Sligo in the years ahead. The collection of nine boats, along with a wooden storage case for toy boats decorated with nineteen watercolour drawings, are currently on view at The Model until Sunday 22 April as part of Turbulence. The rest of the artworks will be delivered to Sligo next month.

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11 Jan. 2018

New season of film at The Model Cinema

We are delighted to announce a new Spring season of film at The Model Cinema in partnership with Sligo Film Society.

Sligo Film Society returns to The Model for the second edition of it’s 2017/2018 film programme, with a new season of 14 titles which commences this Thursday 11 January. The season runs until 19 April, with films from around the world including Bulgaria, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Senegal, UK and US but there is also a strong Irish flavour. Membership will be open on the first night to avail of a concessionary ticket for all 14 films but it is also possible to pay per screening, tickets cost just €8 or €6 (unwaged, retired, students).

The opening film is the timely ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’, based on the memoire by actor Peter Turner of his on-off relationship with Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame, whose career faded when she got blacklisted in the 1950s. This love story lays the foundations for a slew of films exploring similar themes, some conventional others unconventional from critics’ darling, the sumptuously filmed ‘Call Me By Your Name’, the Irish crowd-pleaser ‘Sanctuary’, winner of Best First Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh (2016) and offbeat rom-com ‘Rosalie Blum’. Providing a slight tonal shift amongst these is Norwegian thriller ‘Thelma’, this supernatural fantasy is wrapped up in a coming-of-age drama.

From there a number of films use the bond of family to examine tales of human nature and morality. In particular, three female-focused stories tell of resilience – ‘Félicité’, ‘The Florida Project’, ‘The Devine Order’; Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos looks at retribution when teen Barry Keoghan invites himself into Colin Farrell’s picture-perfect domestic idyll in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’; turning their eye on middle-class selfishess are Michael Haneke’s black comedy ‘Happy End’ and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’.

From Bulgaria, government corruption and the urban-rural social divide is given over to dark comedy in ‘Glory’ when a loner railroad worker becomes the focus for a media-circus after finding a bag load of cash, while social satire ‘The Square’ went away from Cannes with the top prize last year, finally the season ends with the recent Golden Globe winning ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Directed by London-Irish theatre stalwart Martin McDonagh, with a stirring performance from Frances McDormund as an enraged mother seeking justice in the case of her daughter’s unsolved murder, it will surely be in the hunt for Oscars later in the spring.

All screenings commence at 8pm, The Model Café will be open ahead of each screening serving drinks and refreshments.

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Edel Doherty

19 Dec. 2017

Punc 1x1 at Sligo School Project

This month, Sligo School Project responded to the artworks in a series of interactive workshops, examining and experimenting with intriguing aspects of the three paintings which were on display in their school this autumn. In the workshops 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class students explored ideas, textures and colour with an amazing sense of curiosity.

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

Witches Cottage
View from a Distance
The Lost Orphanage
Deirdre’s House
Finders Keepers
Middle of Nowhere
Long Long Ago
House Stuck in Time
Fairytale House

Do you think you could guess the title of this painting? A witch’s cottage, Deirdre’s house, possibly in the North West of Ireland, Sligo or even a mythical island off it’s coast? We would love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below!

Shannon Re has been appointed as artist-in-schools for the Punc 1×1 project. Re has worked in Limerick on many schools and children’s programmes since qualifying with a B.A. Fine Arts at Limerick School of Art and Design. We are delighted that she is working with us in this capacity. See some of her images which document her first visit with Sligo School Project last week.

Re is visiting each of the seven participating schools throughout the year and will be inviting pupils to respond to the artworks on display in their school through workshops and lively discussions.
Unfolding, throughout the 2017/2018 academic year PUNC1×1 is a unique county-wide outreach programme initiated by The Model.
Seven works from The Niland Collection are currently on display in participating schools. The pop-up exhibition is shown on a rotation basis and initially the children are not given any information about the artist leaving them to respond to each artwork with only their imagination to guide them!Participating Schools in 2017/2018 are Ardkeeran N.S., Carbury N.S., Cliffoney N.S., Rathcormac N.S., Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Scoil Naomh Molaise and Sligo School Project.

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12 Dec. 2017

Lankum - Interview

Lankum are one of the most intriguing bands to ever spring from Irish soil. During their Irish winter tour, before they took to the stage at The Model Sligo, Rebecca Kennedy sat down with Ian to talk tours, fans and tradition.

How’s the tour going?
It’s going really good. It’s really enjoyable. We are playing a lot of iconic venues around Ireland; Cleere’s in Kilkenny, The Spirit Store in Dundalk, Connolly’s in West Cork. We haven’t played so much in Ireland so much in the last year. We go to the U.K. a lot and play in other countries so it’s really good fun to catch up with friends and having a laugh.

What kind of audience are you seeing at your gigs?

We’ve always had a very big mix of different types of people coming to our gigs everywhere. If we play in Dublin or we play in London or Scotland. It’s really funny because you see really heavy metallers sitting beside 70-year-old traditional singers. And you’ll be thinking, ‘Where else would you see those two sitting beside each other in any other kind of gig?’ It’s really positive. We get a mix of different age groups and different people that are into our gigs and it’s been like that since we started playing together.

How did your audience re-act when you were signed to Rough Trade? Was there a fear that joining a major label would change the fabric of the music?

Rough Trade have been great. It’s a really legendary label, like they’ve been going since 1976 and they are still independent. I can imagine with any other big label they might be trying to get you to change the music in someway. But rough trade they said right from the get-go, ‘we love what you do, were not going to tell you how to do it.’ And they didn’t, whatever we wanted, like a 12-minute ballad they were like grand. We didn’t want a barcode on the front of the album, they said that’s grand, we will put it on a sticker on the back. We’ve always been a band that’s focused on the songs. We keep the compositions sparse because all the magic you already need in the song itself.

Lankum follow the old Irish tradition of collecting songs. How does that process work?

We spend a lot of time going to special singing gigs. We go a lot to Donegal, especially the Inishowen peninsula. They have really nice ballad singing weekends and monthly sessions as well. We just like travelling around and spending time with older singers, it’s really great craic as well. Most of the songs that are on the new album are songs we heard people singing and we would ask them if we could we write them down. We spend a lot of time trawling through archives & going through older print collections to find songs. It’s one of my favorite ways to pass the time. I would have grown up in that type of environment where anytime the family was together, someone was singing for the craic. It didn’t even need to be traditional songs; it just needed to be someone singing to pass the time. That’s why we have such a taste for it.

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6 Dec. 2017

Turbulence: Rebecca Kennedy reports on the opening celebrations

On Dec. 01, The Model celebrated the opening of our new major contemporary art exhibition with a spectacular array of events. Turbulence is a major exhibition that explores the way in which contemporary artists are responding to the refugee crisis today. The exhibition features work by artists Rossella Biscotti, Elaine Hoey, Gulsun Karamustafa, Naiza Khan, Eoin McHugh, Cengiz Tekin, Sarah Wood and Jack Butler Yeats.

Given the concept behind Turbulence, it seemed only fitting that Sligo Global Kitchen would kick off the opening by doing what S.G.K. does best; serving up a variety of mouth-watering tapas. A crèche facilitated by Model volunteers Binta Sow, Fatma Dogan and Niamh Gowran was set up in the education room. Those of us who had been to Sligo Global Kitchen at The Model before were aware of its ever-growing audience. By 4pm, the atrium was filled to the brim. Such was the crowd that the queue snaked passed the café and lead straight through to the bottom of the staircase. The S.G.K. crew on hand; Nkeka Cummings, Funmi Oluwadara and Sara Batiglag handled the gathering with grace and patience.

By 4.30pm, our patience was rewarded and everyone was seated. One of the many reasons why SGK has enjoyed success since it’s inception has been the unity that is shared over a meal. Indeed, there was unity among us, what with strangers sitting with strangers and enjoying some homemade food with a glass of wine, but there was also an unmistakable spirit of solidarity.

To officiate the opening, actor & writer Donal O’ Kelly took to the balcony and preformed a specially created performance piece in response to the ideas behind Turbulence. He later said that he was “Honoured to be part of the opening event of such an important exhibition as Turbulence, and to try to amplify the voices of those deliberately silenced and isolated among us, such as refugees and asylum-seekers in Direct Provision.”

Following Donal O’ Kelly’s enigmatic performance S.G.K.’s project coordinator, Mabel Chah sung an original song entitled ‘burning coal,’ that left the entire artrium silent. When the performances had come to a close, Turbulence was officially opened to the public with a speech from The Model’s chairperson, Dr. Bláithín Gallagher.

Elaine Hoey’s VR piece ‘The Weight of Water’ caused a particular stir. This piece, which uses virtual reality technology puts the partcipant in the position of a refugee in a boat, suffering through the infamously treacherous journey to Europe. Yvonne Eames, who attended the exhibition, told us why she found this piece particularly moving. “I’m a solicitor and I work with refugees at the legal aid board,’ said Mrs. Eames. ‘I thought Elaine Hoey’s ‘The Weight of Water’, was very evocative. It wasn’t brash, it was simplistic and that helped insulate the experience. I hope that this powerful piece will go on to create real change in how we view and treat refugees in Irish society.”

Sprawling across the entirety of The Model upper galleries, Turbulence is not only a mammoth exhibition in it’s size, but also in it’s concept. Within the exhibition, mass movement is explored from the perspective of some of contemporay arts most interesting artists. The refugee crisis effects us all, from old to young, which is why we thought we’d ask one of the youngest visitor’s of the opening, what she thought of it all. Annie Spearman, who attended the exhibition at the ripe age of 17, had this to say on the matter. “The exhibition was really engaging and complex but it still managed to make the refugee crisis relatable to me” said Annie, “The opening was really good; Mabel’s song was beautiful. It made me cry!”

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22 Nov. 2017

PUNC 1x1 at Ardkeeran National School

Unfolding, throughout the 2017/2018 academic year PUNC1×1 is a unique county-wide outreach programme initiated by The Model.
Seven works from The Niland Collection are currently on display in participating schools.The pop-up exhibition is shown on a rotation basis and initially the children are not given any information about the artist leaving them to respond to each art work with only their imaginations to guide them!

Punc 1×1 got off to a great start in October with very creative responses from Cliffoney National School, North Sligo. This month we report to you from Ardkeeran National School who were busy examining the intriguing aspects of the mysterious faces in the painting in their school throughout the month of November. Their engagement has prompted some very profound response texts, observations and drawings from the pupils:

“I think this painting is about mixed races coming together. It looks like they are wearing black and white. I think its mixed race coming together.”
“It has two people with closed eyes. I thought it could be Jack B Yeats and WB Yeats both of whom are dead. I think it’s sad and gloomy as its about death…”

“I think the painter was depressed as it shows a sad looking man looking out of the painting. It also has dark colours like black and blue. Usually an artist used these colours when they are unhappy. I think the painting is highly unusual as it shows two faces.”
“I think the inspiration was racism which was huge around the world. She may have been inspired by the Great famine because the people were poor and malnourished in the picture.”

“I think that this picture is amazing but it also raises a lot of questions. I think the inspiration is two people who are very poor and are deep down in the Arigna Mines covered in coal. The colours are very dark and it really gets you thinking”

“It appears that the artist is called Anne Yeats. She may have been inspired by the blacks and whites in the US. The artist may have created the painting as she was depressed and she wanted to paint something dark to express her feelings. I think she went through a blue and black period. I looked closely and saw the words “Two in Dark” and this is what the painting is called. This painting made me feel sad because the expression on people’s faces is sad and gloomy. Round the edge of the painting it is blue and it makes me feel happy ad elated.“

Participating Schools in 2017/2018 are Ardkeeran N.S., Carbury N.S., Cliffoney N.S., Rathcormac N.S., Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Scoil Naomh Molaise and Sligo School Project.

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