16 Sep. 2017

Artists Select: Michael Wann

Drawing: Void Pastoral Series
Sat. 9 Sep. – Sat. 7 Oct.

Artist Talk: Thu. 5 Oct., 2pm, Free

Michael Wann is a Sligo based artist whose practice is rooted in drawing. Using charcoal and water, he explores the myriad possibilities of what happens when drawing with these elemental materials. Drawing on themes of landscape and memory, he returns over and over again to the work of classical artists such as Gainsborough, Constable, Corot and Hogarth. Observing and looking at history books, old engravings, sepia photographs and etchings, this practice of looking goes back to the artist’s childhood. It has informed his drawing and imbued it with an otherness that is both classical and contemporary.

In this exhibition, Wann selects several works from the Niland Collection which are presented in a unique arrangement alongside his own drawings and research material. Works by Wann, together with Le Brocquy, Hooghiemstra, Diarmuid Delargy and Paul Henry exude a quiet intensity, which tap into a deep history of drawing, which informs the present and will no doubt persist into the future. In this presentation, Wann presents exciting new work, with burnt edges, sepia splashes, spontaneous gestures and accidents which converge in the making of a landscape.

Michael Wann lives and works in Sligo. Originally from Dublin, he graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology in 1992 with a Diploma in Fine Art, and in 2003 with a Bachelor in Fine Art.
Wann has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions. He has been awarded numeous residency fellowships and has received several prestigious drawing prizes, including the Tom Caldwell Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 129th Annual Exhibition and the Sean Keating Award and Silver Medal at the RHA’s 186th Annual Exhibition in 2016. His work is held in both private and public collections nationally and internationally.

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14 Sep. 2017

New season of films commence at The Model in partnership with Sligo Film Society

The Model welcomes back Sligo Film Society after their summer break for a new season of international and independent film for the autumn / winter months. Screening every Thursday at 8pm in The Model Cinema, the new programme packs in fourteen titles from nine different countries covering comedy, thrillers, war, period dramas and experimental works.
The season opens today 14 September with some black comedy from Sweden; the Scandinavians have proven adept over the years at funny cantankerous elder citizens and in A Man Called Ove our title character spins a darkly feel-good tale in his attempts to deal with the loss of his wife. Bookending the season is another comedy, The Midwife a tender affair from France which unites two of the country’s favourite actresses Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot.
In between, there is very much a Gallic flavour to this season with French films featuring heavily; the Isabelle Huppert starring Elle is the first of these, she gives a towering performance in Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven’s dark psycho-drama. There follows The White Knights, a true story of French aid workers in West Sudan who plotted to smuggle orphans to pre-paid adoptive parents; the political thriller Scribe is a tense affair that delves into the murky world of surveillance and the aforementioned The Midwife.
There is also a literary thread running through the programme, with the biopic of Emily Dickenson A Quiet Passion a highlight, the film was lauded for director Terence Davies’ moving account of the deeply reclusive poet; changing gear completely is Neruda, a free-wheeling suspense caper taking a year in the life of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda when he went on the run and fled his native Chile. Staying in the South American country is Endless Poetry the autobiographical adventure from the surrealist master, Alejandro Jodorowsky. The octogenarian auteur has not lost any of his creative spark and this familial drama is energetic and a visually vibrant experience.

Further highlights come in the shape of The Salesman which took the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and is a taut drama set in Iran exploring the moral questions a couple face after a sudden violent act occurs in their apartment; another award winner to feature is Insyriated which took the audience prize at Berlinale 2017, and tackles the Syrian conflict from the point of view of a group of tenants barricaded inside their besieged apartment block over the course of 24 hours.

The season runs between September and December, full details of each film in the programme can be viewed on The Model website or by picking up the Sligo Film Society brochure. The Model Café will be open late on cinema nights and launches a pre-show tapas menu from inhouse chef Juan Herbi. A selection of tea, coffee, cakes and wine will also be served prior to each screening.

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Edel Doherty

8 Sep. 2017

Bright horizon’s for Model Artist Michael Wann

Artist Select: Michael Wann, Artist Talk & The Art of Drawing

Michael Wann has become increasingly busy this month. September sees the celebrated Sligo artist opening ‘Artist Select’, the second of our studio artists to exhibit in this exhibition series in The Model, following on from studio artist Kiera O’Tool. Wann has received awards, placements in prestigious exhibitions and is soon to start his Autumn masterclass ‘The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann.’ October will also prove a hectic month for Wann, as he is scheduled to give an artist talk that will accompany Artist Selects on 5. Oct., not to be missed.

But it hasn’t been all hard work.

In the last week alone, Wann’s work was commended by The Moth Art Prize, was published in the autumn issue of The Moth literary journal and was selected for the National Open Art Exhibition in Southbank London which will open in November.

Not an unfortunate lot for the sligo based artist.

Artists Select: Michael Wann

Exhibition: Sat. 9 Sep. – Sat. 7 Oct.

‘Artists Select’, is a unique initiative at The Model which invites artists to choose works from The Model’s Niland Collection and display their own personal work as a response. Works by Wann, together with Le Brocquy, Hooghiemstra, Diarmuid Delargy and Paul Henry exude a quiet intensity, tapping into a deep history of drawing which informs the present and will no doubt persist into the future. In this presentation, Wann presents exciting new work, with burnt edges, sepia splashes, spontaneous gestures and accidents, which blend and converge with the rational or more traditional array of made marks within the making of a landscape.

Artist Talk: Michael Wann

Artist Talk: Thu. 5 Oct., 2pm, Free

Wann will give a talk that will investigate and explore the relationship between his own work and his selected pieces.

The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann

26. Sep – 31. Oct

Tuedays, 2.30pm – 4.30pm (inter. & adv.), €120

The Art of Drawing with Michael Wann is a 6 week master class course in The Model, Sligo. The drawing classes commence on the 26th of September and will come to a close on the 21st of October. Michael Wann’s classes have long been a fixture of The Model’s programme as Michael provides his students with excellent expertise, a new skill-set and positive encouragement to explore your artistic side.

To book a place on “The Art of Drawing” you can contact Michael directly on: 087 9303528 or email: studio@michaelwann.com

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Rebecca Kennedy

7 Sep. 2017

Sligo Global Kitchen’s First Autumn Event

After crowning last seasons events with a dinner at the generous hosts Osta Cafe and Wine Bar last summer (whose Manager and director Brid Torrades has generously accepted to train members of Global Kitchen in the food art of pastry and desert making) we are now pleased to open our new season!

Thanks to the generous funding from The Community Foundation of Ireland through The Model, Sligo Global Kitchen can confirm events from this September 2017 right through to May 2018. People involved in the project, especially those living in direct provision, now have monthly events to look forward to with a project in a space where they feel empowered.

To kick off the autumn season, The Syrian Refugees From Ballaghaderreen have generously accepted an invitation to cater for the main meal at our first event this September on Sat. 16 from 3 pm. As usual it is family friendly and free. Everyone is welcome to join in and donations will be accepted on the day.

A string of 4 more events are to be held after then till December so, watch this space for updates.

Images by Heike Thiele

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Mabel Chah

24 Aug. 2017

Artists Select: Kiera O'Toole

Kiera O’Toole
Drawing from the Non-­Place
Artist Talk: Sat. 26 Aug., 2pm, Free

The Model is delighted to present the first in a new series of exhibitions titled Artists Select. The first in this series is an exhibition by The Model studio artist Kiera O’Toole, whose practice is expressed through the act of drawing and on occasion is mediated through digital media.

In this exhibition O’Toole considers the work of renowned Dutch artist Arno Kramer, whose drawings are held within The Niland Collection. O’Toole has chosen three works by Kramer, which resonate with her own artistic interests.

O’Toole is drawn to the similarities in their practice which she sums up as follows: ‘As practitioners, Arno Kramer’s drawing practice and my drawing practice share an attentiveness and awareness which is informed by drawing’s key attributes: immediacy, intimacy, modesty of means and sensitivity; as evidenced through the pressures of touch, stains, accidents, lines and indentations.” Both artists bring into view the physical trace of the artist’s thinking where a heightened sense of perceptual awareness of the drawing process emerges ‘as a coming to know.

Artists Select; Kiera O’Toole will feature a selection of works by both O’Toole and Kramer and will take place in the Foyer Gallery space. This exhibition runs concurrently alongside the exhibition High Winds Move Slowly, an international presentation of the work of artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch, which opens on August 19th.

Kiera O’Toole will present a talk on her exhibition on Saturday, 26 August, at 2pm

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18 Aug. 2017

A breakdown of Model events for Sat. 19 Aug

To celebrate the opening of High Winds Move Slowly, The Model is hosting a number of curious and intriguing events that will be sure to inject a little creative colour to your weekend. From contemporary art, dance to classical folk, The Model is a one-stop shop for all your cultural and entertainment needs. To present what’s on offer, we have crafted a list:

5pm – Opening reception of High Winds Move Slowly

High Winds Move Slowly is a two-person exhibition featuring Dutch artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch. This show, which is curated and toured by the Museum De Buitenplaats in the Netherlands, marks the first time that these two artists have been brought together in one exhibition. As well as showcasing the exhibition, a site-specific drawing that has been commissioned for the exhibition in The Model atrium.

To celebrate the opening of this dynamic exhibition, The Model will host an artist talk between Arno Kramer, Henk Visch and curator, Patty Wageman. This will be followed by contemporary dancer Iris Reyes, who will respond through movement and dance to the larger than life sculptures and large scale drawing in the gallery space. Reyes is a recipient of the “Best Dancer” award with the VSCD Zilveren Dansprijs. Since September 2006 Iris Reyes has been working as Ballet Mistress and Rehearsal Director for Introdans in Arnhem, where she assisted the esteemed choreographer Hans van Manen. A gifted dancer, Reyes will inspire and amaze with her powerful performance.

6pm – Drinks reception

At 6pm complimentary wine will be served in The Model Atrium. While enjoying a drink in the elegant surroundings of The Model Atrium, why not stick around to see the legendary New York based musical duo The Murphy Beds at 8pm? The café will also be opened, offering a selection of craft beers, teas and coffees. But before then, there is more to see. Our other excellent exhibitions are also open for the public to enjoy.

Artist Select, a unique exhibition in response to The Niland Collection is also open in the Foyer Gallery, featuring the work of artist Kiera O’ Toole. This is a new series that sees one of The Model studio artists (Kiera O’Toole) respond to the work of Arno Kramer, whose work is held in The Niland Collection. The resulting exhibition is a sensitive visual inquiry.

And for Yeats’ lovers, a colourful exhibition of the work of Jack B. Yeats is exhibiting in the beautifully lit Niland Gallery. Lives; Jack B. Yeats enables audiences to trace the development of key characters in Jack Butler Yeats’ work, through an exploration of his illustrations, pencil sketches, watercolours and the iconic oil paintings of his later mature period. A new & exciting feature of Lives is the recent acquisition of an original Jack B. Yeats’ sketchbook. Owing to the generosity of Claire and Kevin Connolly, The Model has acquired the artists’ visual journal. For Yeats, a sketchbook presented an opportunity to not only sketch the possibility of a new piece but also to capture life as he experienced it. For fans of Yeats, these sketchbooks provide a snapshot into the private dream world of one of Ireland’s most elusive artists.

8pm – Performance by The Murphy Beds in the theatre.

Polish your Brogue’s and get your flat caps ready for The Murphy Beds, a stunning musical duo that’s sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing! By interweaving the exquisite talents of two world-class musicians, The Murphy Beds is an innovative and dynamic duo that will have you dancing in the aisles. The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) will perform traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon. The Murphy Beds have travelled the world, bringing their personal brand of folk music from New York to Belgium and Germany and now, to Sligo! The Murphy Beds will play one night only at The Model, so be sure to see them before they depart!

We hope you can join us on this cultural evening full of dance, performance, and visual art.

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Rebecca Kennedy

20 Jul. 2017

Cairde Visual Review

On the 6th of July, Cairde Visual opened in The Model. The exhibition is Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fourth annual open submission show. The exhibition features work from both national and international artists across a diverse range of media with over 100 pieces from 87 artists on display. The exhibiting artists were selected from hundreds of applications by a panel of esteemed judges consisting of Barra Cassidy, Christian Reeves, Emer McGarry, Pat Murphy and Cormac O’ Leary.

Cairde Visual began this year with an engaging artist talk & wine reception. Artist’s Anna Spearman, Ruth le Gear & Daniel Chester were invited to speak about their practice with education curator, Marie Louise Blaney. The thoughtful and playful talk explored the nature of each artist’s practice & their relationship with their environment.

The Artists:

Anna Spearman is an object-maker, a painter and a socially engaged arts practitioner. She initiated and collaborated with The Model on the development of the Sligo Global Kitchen project since 2015. Acting Director of The Model, Emer McGarry, had the honor of presenting The Model Cara Award to Anna Spearman. This award entitles it’s recipient to a two week residency in The Model’s state of the art artist studio. This award will see Anna develop a project for The Model’s Foyer gallery in 2018.

Ruth Le Gear is a Leitrim-based artist. She completed her BA in Fine Art at GMIT Galway in 2007. Her work is interdisciplinary, often combining text with video, photography, audio and other elements. In her practice, she combines empirical approaches, particularly water memory, with more intuitive processes of understanding non- physical phenomena. Ruth’s recent project & publication ‘Water Senses’ is available in The Model Shop.

Daniel Chester is a Leitrim- based artist, originally from Enniscrone, Sligo. Having completed his BA in IT Sligo in 2001, he spent time deepening his practice as a painter, before going on to complete a Masters in Visual Arts Practices in Dun Laoighre College of Art and Design in 2009. Daniel was the joint winner of The Model Cara Award 2016 (alongside Selma Makela, who was recently showed in the foyer gallery) and will be exhibiting in The Model later this year.

The talk was brought to a close with an announcement from Cairde creative director, Tara Mc Gowan, who named the winners of both The Hamilton Gallery Award and the Augural Cosgrove’s Delicatessen Prize. Noel Tighe & Hazel Merrigan were the joint winners of the Hamilton Gallery Award, which entitles the artists to an exhibition in one of Sligo’s newest galleries. Helen Merrigan Colfer was the lucky winner of the Augural Cosgrove’s Delicatessen Prize of €500.

The wine reception that followed was a roaring success with hordes of art-lover’s gathering in The Model to appreciate the colourful collection of work on display. The Model has always enjoyed a good party and spirits were high as the evening wore on. To add to the general delight of the gathering, several pieces were sold on the night in question. Today, the number rounds up at a healthy 10, not bad for an exhibition that has only been opened for a fortnight, eh? So why not drop by before the 06. Aug & take a walk around this eclectic and exciting new exhibition!

Cairde Visual is open till 06. Aug. 17

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Rebecca Kennedy

3 Jul. 2017

Undercurrents, Divergent Paths in Contemporary Folk

The Model is delighted to announce a new series of music curated by composer and musician Emer Mayock, which will run throughout autumn and winter 2017.

The series features a distinct range of contemporary folk artists each exploring their contrasting influences and approaches to song, dance or music; while also challenging audiences’ perceptions of the genre.

Speaking ahead of the first gig in the series which takes place on Saturday August 19th is Emer Mayock said “We are delighted to present New York folk duo The Murphy Beds for the inaugural performance in the Autumn/Winter series Undercurrents. Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer dig deep into the song traditions of the US, Scotland, England and Ireland delivering the repertoire with close vocal harmonies and intricate interwoven guitar and bouzouki lines. The Murphy Beds do much to exemplify the way in which folk artists uniquely explore tradition and re interpret materials that are sometimes hundreds of years old in a contemporary context.

The Undercurrents series aims to shine a light on the diverse means by which artists take this path of reinterpretation, infusing knowledge, influence and creative imagination. Further nights confirmed include Jean Butler and Neil Martin with this is an Irish dance: studio series 1 on Sunday October 1st with more acts to be conformed for winter.

Acting Director, Emer McGarry commented “The Model is delighted to have the opportunity to work with a music curator of Emer Mayock’s calibre. She is an outstanding composer and musician in her own right
and has put together a very exciting series of music for The Model’s Autumn programme, which I am
sure our audiences will enjoy immensely.”

28 Jun. 2017

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

The Model is hosting a number of events during Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, which takes place from 09 – 15 July and promises music, theatre and visual arts that will appeal to all ages.

The Model Presents Cairde Visual

From 06 Jul. – 06 Aug. The Model presents Cairde’s fourth annual open submission show. The exhibition features work from national and international artists across a diverse range of media with over 100 pieces from 87 artists on display. The show features a range of paintings and drawings, sculpture, film, photography and installation. The exhibiting artists were selected from hundreds of applications by a selection panel consisting of Barra Cassidy, Christian Reeves, Emer Mc Garry, Pat Murphy and Lorna Watkins.

Our family day with Chelsea Canavan this month will be a response workshop to Cairde Visual. Children aged 6+ and their parents / guardians. will explore installation design and print, taking inspiration from the exhibition. The Model Cafe will be serving up tasty treats for families wishing to stay on for lunch. Family day takes place on Sun 16 Jul. from 11:30am – 1pm and costs €10 for 1 adult with 1child and €2 for any additional child. Booking in advance is highly recommended as spaces are limited to 20. Book here

Kíla Family Concert
3pm 11 Jul.

Song of the Sea is a 2014 animated Irish fantasy/adventure film that won the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film. It’s a truly lovely tale of family bonds and Irish myths. Kíla composed the music for Song of the Sea and during this incredibly unique family concert; the Irish folk band will perform three of the songs they wrote for the film while Song of the Sea plays onscreen. Children and parents alike are invited to interact with the music throughout the concert through dancing and clapping, making it a truly interactive & magical experience. Get your tickets here: Adults: €12 / U18s Go See: €6

The Model Cafe will have a children’s ‘special of the day’ on the menu – Tasty Tortillas!

Bottlenote Music: The Walls have Ears
6pm & 8pm, 14 & 15 Jul.

Commissioned by Cairde SAF with support from The Model, Bottlenote Music’s The Walls Have Ears takes place over two evening at No. 2 John Street, Sligo. For the first time in it’s history, this magical, site-specific experimental session of improvised music will cross the boundaries of Ireland’s capital city and take place in Sligo.

Performers include Bottlenote’s Sean MacErlaine and Shane Latimer. MacErlaine plays clarinet and live electronics, while Latimer plays guitar and modular synths. Joining them for this gig will be Claudia Schwab, Phil Minton and Jennifer Walshe. During each of the four sessions, the audience will be lead from room to room to witness a series of improvisations, explosive sets and moments of magic. It’s improvised, so no two shows are the same – and the artists don’t even know what they will do until they start playing.

Places are limited to just twenty per performance, booking is with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival.

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Rebecca Kennedy

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20 Jun. 2017

The Model is in Vogue (quite literally)

The Model is proud to announce that we have been featured in Vogue’s ‘Where The Vogue Editors Are Holidaying This Summer’ article. The article, which features Sligo alongside holiday havens like Italy, Ibiza and Greece, sees the Vogue U.K. team choose their top holiday destinations for 2017. Sligo was top pick for news editor Scarlett Conlon, who was lured to Yeats’ country by its cultural and artistic history, boutique shops, beaches and bustling restaurant scene.

Alongside The Model, Sligo businesses The Cat and The Moon, Breeogue Pottery, Liber and Mullaneys got an international shout out for their artisan merchandise. The Model was featured in the ‘Don’t leave without’ section and we couldn’t agree more. Visiting Yeats’ country without stopping by to see an original Yeats in our current exhibition Jack. B Yeats: Lives or taking in some contemporary art with Ronnie Hughes: Strange Attractors would be sacrilege!

The Model is also delighted to be able to contribute to the bustling restaurant scene that is luring international customers to Sligo’s pale, sandy shores. The Model Café is now open for business with a menu that offers a little more then local cuisine. Our new chef, Juan Sevilla Jimenez has intertwined elegant, simple dishes made with the finest local produce with a Mexican twist. So come on by and see for yourself why The Model is listed as a must see by Vogue!

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