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

16 Mar. 2018

Cranmore Youth City Print and Zine Project

Earlier this month twenty children aged between 7-11 years of age, together with their parents and local community representatives celebrated the launch of a very special Zine, designed and produced by the children themselves, as part of a collaboration between The Model and artists from PULLED, a collaborative screen print and design studio.

Cranmore Youth City Zine project, facilitated by The Model in partnership with Cranmore Coop, culminated with an exhibition of children and young people’s artwork which is currently on view at The Model, as part of the Sligo Children’s Book Festival 2018.

The selection of artworks brings together a mix of imaginative and inventive printing styles, unique to each young artist’s own creativity. Speaking at the opening, Marie-Louise Blaney, Education Curator said that ”The Model is delighted with the young artists’ work and is proud to have their work on exhibition in the gallery.”

This unique print exhibition showcases over 100 works by 18 young artists from the Cranmore area. The project is part of the Cranmore Co-Op’s ‘Inside and Out’ project which was launched in February 2017, funded by the International Fund for Ireland and such was the success of the first year of the project, the IFI has provided additional funding to extend the project for a further twelve months.

Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, under its Peace Impact Programme, the ‘Inside and Out’ project is designed to empower people of all age groups in the Cranmore housing estate through capacity building and skills development that will enable their involvement in positive projects that will improve their own quality of life as well as the community at large.

Speaking at the launch Ms. Dorothy Clarke, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this innovative and imaginative project and in particular the children who participated and achieved such an impressive end result. They should be very proud of the fact that their very special Zine will be on exhibition in this world-class visitor centre for everyone to enjoy.”

Emer McFadden, Community Development Worker for the Inside and Out project said: “On behalf of everyone in Cranmore Co-Op and all our partners involved in this project, I would like to thank the International Fund for Ireland most sincerely for their funding support, without which, we could not have undertaken this project.”

“We are delighted with the huge response from young people to the project over the past twelve months and today’s event illustrates the positive benefits of skill sharing and learning to work together. I have no doubt that this project will leave a lasting positive legacy for the people in Cranmore and its environs.”

All images by Frances Muldoon

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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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Related Programming

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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