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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21 Nov. 2017

Daniel Chester - Open Studio

There is a contemplative, sublime and somewhat sombre quality in Daniel Chester’s landscapes. When shown during the 2016 Cairde festival, his large-scale rural landscapes emanated a beauty that was both haunting and tender, it was no surprise then, when Chester became the recipient of The Model Cara Award 2016, a unique prize which is an invitation to the artist to develop a project in The Model’s process room.

Usually, residencies entail an artist taking over some private quarters, however on this occasion the Leitrim-based artist decided to base himself in The Model process room, turning it into a place of work. Casting open the metaphorical (and physical) doors in order to dissolve the barriers that separate the artist from the audience, the artist has created an “open studio” where the public can observe and interact with the artist at work. It’s concept is live, interactive visual art, that deliberately blurs the lines between process and performance.

Throughout the month of November, Chester has the run of the process room; a large, bright space with twin windows that naturally lends itself as a studio. For the duration of his residency, his space is open to the public (daily 10am – 2pm). As well as presenting an oppountinity for Chester to meet his curious audience, the open studio presents an unique chance to observe Chester’s working process as his pieces unfold before us. It’s a fascinating concept, the idea that we can simply observe as Chester creates his sobering & oppressive pieces, attempting to pinpoint the exquisite moment in which they become emotionally shattering.

So come along and see Daniel Chester, he will be working in the Process Room 10am-2pm daily until 02 Dec. The pieces that Chester complete in The Model will be on display in the process room till late December. See reception for details.

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Rebecca Kennedy

10 Nov. 2017

The Model's Education Autumn/Winter Programme has arrived!

The Model is delighted to announce the arrival of the 2017 Winter/Autumn education programme! This season will see the return of some educational classics like Sligo Latin Dance, Sligo Global Kitchen, a season Family Special, as well as some fantastic new workshops for children on Sundays.

Join Dr Marie Bourke, (Curator of Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art currently on view at The national Gallery), on Thursday 16th Nov. for a talk on this leading water colourist of the Pre-Raphaelite era including his work in the West of Ireland. Burton’s 1864 work, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was voted Ireland’s favourite painting by the public in 2012. More here

This season sees the return of the much loved ArtTrap, a Sunday programme of workshops for children. Facilitated by artists Ana Faye and Sinead O’ Hanlon, this series of fun creative activities is designed to encourage children to explore the galleries and learn about contemporary art through making, experimenting and discussion. ArtTrap is a series of five unique workshops which will take place from Sunday 19th Nov. to 10th Dec. 12.30am – 2pm. €15 per class.

Daniel Chester, recipient of the Cara Visual Award 2016 is Artist-in-Residence in The Model Process room throughout November. Chester will run an Open Studio at The Model’s Process Room between 10am-2pm daily until 02 Dec, where the public have the chance to watch this talented painter at work and talk to him about his ideas and techniques. An artist’s talk with Daniel Chester will take place at The Model on Thursday 16 November at 2pm.

Running out of ideas for this year’s Christmas decorations? Then you have come to the right place! The Model is hosting a Family Day Christmas Special. This will be a fun-filled cracker of a workshop that promises to sparkle with Christmas magic. And just to top it all, the workshop will be followed by a Christmas film for all the family in The Model cinema. Family Day will take place on Sun. 17 Dec., 11.30am – 3pm. €10 for one adult + one child/ €2 per additional child.

Sligo Global Kitchen (SGK) is back! SGK is an art and food project, bringing diverse and multi-cultural communities together at a communal table. So bring your friends and family along and discover new tastes & flavours at Sligo’s most communal table. SGK takes place at 3pm on 18 Nov. & 16 Dec. Sligo Global Kitchen will also cater for the opening of Turbulence, a major exhibition opening at the Model on Sat. 02 Dec.

Sligo Latin Dance is making its much-anticipated return at last! These sessions are an introduction to Latin Dance taught by Loander and Jesus, Latin dancers from Venezuela. Learn to Salsa, Merengue, and Bacheta in a fun, ambient environment. The classes include complimentary classic Venezuelan “mocktails” and mini tapas. The classes are held on Thursdays from the 14. Nov-19. Dec. 11am-12pm, €5.

In partnership with the Irish Film Institute, a film programme for secondary school students will focus on both German and French – The Wild Soccer Bunch, a German coming of age tale and My life As A Courgette, a beautifully animated Swiss/French will be showing on 11am, Thu. 23 Nov and Thu. 7. Dec. respectively.

The exciting pop-up Niland Collection programme Punc 1×1 will continue to unfold throughout the year in schools throughout the county. Schools are also invited to visit our wonderful collection of art and tour our contemporary exhibitions all year round. Please contact The Model for more details on our tour programme.

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2 Nov. 2017

Enikő Hegyi sings at the IMA at the Model

The soulful voice of classically-trained Transylvanian singer Enikó Hegyi will be accompanied by Sligo jazz pianist Darragh Houston. Pianist Maija Kravale will perform pieces from familiar classical and less familiar Latvian composers. Anna Houston will play a cello sonata from the 18th century and Collette Sheerin, singer songwriter and player of traditional flute, will be joined by members of Sligo Baroque Orchestra in music by Telemann and Collette Sheerin – in a meeting or merging of two musical worlds.

Informal Music Afternoon in The Model
1 pm Sunday November 5th
admission €5
children go free

Informal Music Afternoons are produced by Sligo Baroque Orchestra in partnership with The Model. There is a cabaret style set-up in the light, bright space of the atrium in The Model; The Café is operating and you can come and go as you please. Children of all ages are most welcome.

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17 Oct. 2017

PUNC 1x1 at Cliffoney National School


Unfolding, throughout the 2017 / 2018 academic year PUNC 1×1 is a unique county-wide outreach programme initiated by The Model and now in its second year.

Seven works from the Niland collection are currently on display in participating schools. The 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 is off to a great start with very creative responses from Cliffoney National School, North Sligo. The mysterious painting with the “mysterious” hat has prompted the children to guess some brilliant titles for this work.

The most popular name suggestions for the piece so far: 
Hatachi
Mr. Nobody’s Hat
The Haunted Hat
The Poacher’s Hat
Hat
The Never Worn Hat
Mystery Hat
The Murder Hat
The Invisible Man’s Hat

Principle Louise Kerins said: “The experience so far has been fantastic. All pupils have engaged with the artwork and the ideas and suggestions made have been interesting and thought provoking. A number of parents have also made time to look at the artwork and are thrilled our school is part of the project.We look forward in anticipation to learning the true name for the piece and some information on the artist.“ 

Cliffoney School website

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4 Oct. 2017

High Winds Move Slowly

The Model is delighted to announce that our contemporary art exhibition High Winds Move Slowly will be extended until the 12th of November.

High Winds Move Slowly is a visual conversation between two artists on alienation, suffering, coping and the nature of life. Henk Visch expresses human suffering in his disembodied, humanoid sculptures while Arno Kramer favors escapism into an other-worldly animal realm of his own creation. This contemporary show is a must-see for the Halloween season so be sure to stop by, grab a coffee from The Model café and explore this surreal and enigmatic show.

Extended by popular demand this exhibition, which features drawing and sculptures from two of The Netherlands’ most subversive artists. So, if you haven’t had the time to stop by & check out the show; fear not, you have another month to do so.

To bring this special exhibition to a close, The Model will host a masterclass by renowned Dutch artist Arno Kramer on 31st of October. Kramer is a curator and poet, as well as a visual artist. He is the recipient of the 2015 Netherlands Artist of the Year award and he curated Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawing, a show that went on to tour in five countries. Please be sure to book your places soon, as Kramer’s masterclass is sure to sell out!

Tickets are available here

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26 Sep. 2017

Guest Blog: Barry McHugh on Oliver Laric

The following blog by locally-based artist Barry McHugh touches on important threads in the multi-media practice of artist Oliver Laric, whose film installation is currently showing at The Model (until Sunday, October 1st). Laric’s exploration of the nature of images and objects in digital space reveals the internet as not merely a space of representation, but of direct experience, as the real world is increasingly mediated by screens, and knowledge is replaced by searching. In the spirit of Laric’s practice of on-line collaborative art-making, The Model invites McHugh to write a short essay-blog on Laric.

Art is the act of transformation and Oliver Laric is interested in the modification of icons, or their potential to adapt. There is a Hollywood quality to the catharsis of an icon. His favourite sculpture is a justice in Basel that used to be a virgin with child. Jesus was simply replaced with a scale during reformation iconoclasm and all the spiritual connotations were substituted by a more pragmatic ideology. [1]

“I don’t see any necessity in producing images myself, everything I would need exists it’s just about finding it.”

This action of searching documentation has become an alternative to knowledge, going through Laric’s piece we can see him use footage from movies (such as Akira) and television to construct much of his film, with the soundtrack being an instrumental version of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” [2]

You are left with a piece of film that mirrors the mass consumption of media that the internet allows you to do in this age, and you can see Laric combining High culture and popular culture through this. The film shows images are continually modified to represent something new, the nature of images and objects in digital space reveals the internet as not merely a space of representation. Memes, Lets Plays and blogs, which are all internet based actions of transformation, illustrates that a thing and a thought can be one and the same on the internet. ‘my Web site(VVORK) [3] is not a space of representation but of primary experiences. You are viewing the real thing. And when the work travels to other sites, it is still the real thing’ [4] that has influenced Oliver’s outlook to ownership and authorship he even says.

“I think it is necessary to ignore authorship, to create a space for something that is interesting again.” [5]

This isn’t empty talk either, Laric Created an open data base of footage for the Frieze Festival in 2012 [6] and it is within this you might notice a subtle nod to another artist that seems to have influenced him as an artist. Within this archive is a clip called urinal where he has an up-close shot of a porcelain urinal with fluid hitting it. [7] Marcel Duchamp being one of the first artists to advocate the notion of the artist as transformative thinker with his piece ‘Fountain’ which was literally a urinal turned upside-down.

Laric’s online-based practice the website/blog VVork with Aleksandra Domanovic, Christoph Priglinger, and Georg Schnitzer is an archive of work that he has compared to curating. VVORK depicts artistic production as a networked, collaborative process subject to certain patterns, and it saw potential in iteration. [8]

Throughout all his work a theme of Recursion, repetition, reinterpretation can be seen. It can be seen in his sculptures in Kopienkritik (the name originating from the German translation of a Roman school of sculpture that specialised in copying Greek works) [9] fitting since his sculptures were copies of important sculpture using 3D printers. In this he attempted to raise mechanical reproduction.
Larics work is unique in his approach to both his material and how he presents his work. this creates dynamic atmosphere to his work.

McHugh has a Masters in Social Practice and Creative Design from LIT. His practice encompasses writing, curating and making. He is author of the book A Dyslexic Portrait of a Young Man, which is written in comic format and available at The Model bookshop.

1- Oliver Laric Interview – Incite Online
2- Oliver Laric – Art in America
3- VVORK
4- The Real Thing/Interview with Oliver Laric
5- The Real Thing/Interview with Oliver Laric
6- Oliver Laric – Frieze
7- Frieze Stock Footage
8- Archiving vvork
9- Kopienkritik

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19 Sep. 2017

Culture Night 2017 - What's on!

Culture night 2017 is nearly upon us, and with the ever fascinating evening drawing closer by the day; we thought we would compile a list of exactly what’s on offer for the only night dedicated to celebrating all things cultural!

This years programme is coordinated by The Model on behalf of Culture Night Sligo partners, Sligo County Council Arts Service, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Sligo Youth Theatre. So, not only will we, The Model, be bursting to the brim with amazing events, all of Sligo will be following suit!

Here’s what’s on the cards:

Visual Art:

Time: 10am-10pm

Artist Select; Michael Wann is open to the public in the foyer gallery. At 6pm artist Barry McHugh will discuss a film by Oliver Laric which is exhibiting at The Model. A special tour of Jack B. Yeats; Lives will take place at 7pm, an exciting feature of this exhibition exploring the artists iconic oil paintings and pen and ink drawings is a recent acquisition of an original Jack B. Yeats’ sketchbook – a must see for any real Yeats head!

Performance: Suzanne Walshe
Time: 8pm

Suzanne Walshe will create a live, immersive soundscape surrounded & responding the work of Dutch artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch in High Winds Move Slowly. This performance will be a highlight of Culture night!

Amhrán na Mara: Song of the Sea
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

The Model Cinema will host a special Irish language screening of Amhrán na Mara (Song of The Sea) at 6 pm followed by Cupán & Comhrá with the musician, Rossa Ó Snodaigh in the Model Café. Song of the Sea tells the story of an Irish youth (David Rawle) who discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess!

Monsieur Gusto “Hanging About” The Model
Time: 3pm & 4.30 pm

Monsieur Gusto, the worlds most amazing Juggling Escapologist sensation, has a show that you just can’t miss! Not only does he Juggle Fire Torches, Toilet Plungers and Water Balloons while Balancing on top of people just like you! Get ready to be fascinated, entertained and a little confused when Monsieur Gusto takes the stage!

Open Studios
Time: 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm

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, Micheal Wann and Cairde Prize winning sculpter, Anna Spearman!

Art for Blind DJ Set
Time: 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Joining us to close out proceedings on our Culture Night celebrations will be Art for Blind who will spin some tunes in the atrium.

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Sligo County Council Arts Service.

Oíche Chultúir has been made possible by the An tOireachtas annual grant for Irish language events hosted on Culture Night. Scaip an scéal agus go n-éirigh go geal libh!

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