24 May. 2011

Harun Farocki Exhibition - Help Us 'Fund It' for Great Rewards

The Model is using a fantastic new initiative to assist with funding Harun Farocki’s Recognition and Tracking, a very special exhibition and film workshop taking place here this summer.

Fund It works by allowing arts supporters to assist with the project by offering them rewards in exchange for donations. It’s called crowd sourcing, and it’s a terrific way for supporters to get a chance to enjoy special privileges such as private tours, event invites and gifts in exchange for monetary support.

Farocki will be making a film with local community members during his stay in Sligo this summer, and through Fund It The Model is seeking pledges of support to help fund both the installation of the exhibition and the making of this film.

And it’s easy to be a supporter. With pledge amounts starting at just €10, anyone can become a part-time patron of the arts – so please offer your help!

Click Here To Make Your Pledge

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Anne Mullee

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23 May. 2011

Little White Lies Ticket Competition

It’s safe to say that Guillaume Canet’s new film is dividing the critics, with some heaping on the adoration and others, let’s say, disappointed. We say see for yourself!

Canet delivers a keenly observed fly-on-the wall story, starring his real-life partner Marion Cotillard as a loose-living anthropologist, and a group of middle-class friends who take their annual holiday together while their mate is lying comatose in hospital after a bike accident.

We’re giving a budding critic a chance to win a free pair of tickets to the film at one of this week’s screenings at The Model. Simply tell us – what was the title of Canet’s 2006 hit film?

Email your answer to marketingassistant@themodel.ie by 26 May

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Anne Mullee

20 May. 2011

The Model is shortlisted for RIAI Irish Architecture Award

We are very pleased to announce that The Model has been shortlisted for the 22nd RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2011, in the category of ‘Culture’.

The nomination is for the beautiful redevelopment of the building which was designed by architects Sheridan Woods and completed in May 2010. The Model competed against 134 entries to reach the shortlist of 38.

This shortlist will form the basis for a public vote which will be launched on Monday, 13 June on the RIAI website.

The public vote will be run on the RIAI website, announced on RTÉ radio, and the winners will be revealed at the 22nd RIAI Irish Architecture Awards night on Monday 11 July, 2011 at the Woodquay Venue, Dublin City Council.

Stay tuned for details of how to vote for us!

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Anne Mullee

17 May. 2011

Photographs from the NCFA Meet & Greet

The Model was delighted to welcome Minister John Perry, Tony McLoughlin TD and Michael Colreavy TD to the National Campaign for the Arts Meet and Greet yesterday, along with a host of local artists, art workers and supporters of the arts. Director/Curator Seamus Kealy fielded what turned out to be a lively discussion, with plans to follow up the conversation at future date.

Tony McLoughlin TD, Minister John Perry, Seamus Kealy, Michael Conleavy TD

Mary McAuliffe of Sligo Arts Service talks arts with Minister John Perry

Tony McLoughlin TD addresses the group

Local artists question Minister Perry

The Model’s own Seamus Kealy led the speakers

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Anne Mullee

4 May. 2011

Lightbox Animation Festival Events This Weekend at The Model

Cinema Northwest once again brings the very best in international animation to Sligo with a fantastic programme of films, workshops and exhibitions kicking off at 6.30pm Friday 06 May with Frameworks, a retrospective of award-winning Irish animation at the Cinemobile which will be parked up in Quay Street car park for the duration.

While the groovy mobile cinema is the nucleus of the Festival, The Model is thrilled to once again host some films and unmissable workshops. Budding filmmakers aged 8-13 won’t want to miss Eimhin McNamara’s Stop-Motion Workshop at The Model 11am on Saturday 07 May, where they’ll get an introduction to storyboarding, clay modeling and filmmaking. The finished film will be screened on Sunday 8th at 3pm in The Model Cinema just before the Irish Premiere of Kooky, the story of a toy that becomes a hero. (Click here for tickets).

See the trailer for Kooky here

For more information and the full programme, visit the Lightbox Animation Festival website.

Bookings for all events can be made in person at the Festival Box Office at the Coleman Building, Stephen St or by phone on 086 604 9365.

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Anne Mullee

27 Apr. 2011

May Day Delights at The Model

There’s so much to do at The Model on our anniversary this May Day for families and culture vultures we recommend getting a good night’s sleep the night before to stay the distance (that or indulging in a lot of coffee from our lovely new cafe, Slice @ the Model!).

First up at noon is a special Art Trap for Kids workshop for little ones aged 4-6, while the grown ups are invited to take a peek at The Model’s resident artists who’ll be having an Artist Studios Open Day, both events from 12-5pm. See the array of work being made by the diverse artists working from this dynamic space by visiting the studios of Michael Wann, legendary Waterboys fiddle player and artist Steve Wickham,
Conor Gallagher, Sue Morris, Sarah Stephens, John Lane, John Cullen and Clea van der Grijn.

There’s a chance to grab a place on the FREE TOUR of the wonderful Jack B. Yeats exhibition, while the Model Explorers children’s workshop promises an “exhilarating visual feast of live performance and pageantry” in The Model galleries. This marks the culmination of a series of workshops with the Model Explorers (aged between 10 and 13 years) led by County Sligo Youth Theatre director Marie De La Guéronniére in collboration with visual artist Lisa Cannon.

Film aficionados are treated to a special programme of Short Films from 3pm, including two Irish offerings – Michael Creagh’s Oscar nominated short The Crush, and the inventive mockumentary The Chronoscope directed by Andrew Legge and starring Jeremy Irons. Last up is the wonderful Oscar-winning Australian animation, The Lost Thing, directed by Andrew Rhuemann and Shaun Tann – supposedly for kids, it’s not to be missed no matter what your age.

The Model is delighted to be hosting Bealtaine Festival events for (their words) “older creative” types, in the shape of the 5pm Fox trot, cha cha and swing Dance Class, which is followed by a chance to show off your moves at 7.30pm’s Ruby Blue Tea Dance featuring the swinging sounds of local outfit, the Jazz Ladds.

Rounding off the day of art, music and celebration, DJ extraordinaire Donal Dineen takes to the decks with support from Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and percussionist Peter Crann. It’s FREE but ticketed, so don’t miss out and book yours here.

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Anne Mullee

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21 Apr. 2011

Easter at The Model

With the glorious weather and a lovely long weekend ahead, Sligo is a great place to spend this coming Easter Bank Holiday, whether you’re into falling off a surfboard, walking up some gorgeous mountains or simply taking in the views of Yeats’ country.

After a dose of good Sligo air, take some time out to catch The Model’s Jack B. Yeats exhibition, The Outsider, now in its final weeks.

While you’re here come and be mesmerized by Dutch artist Guido Van Der Werve’s bewitching new show, Minor Pieces, a meditation on chess and the Steinway piano. Entry to both exhibitions is free.

There’s tea and cake to be had afterwards at our lovely new café Slice @ The Model, while Saturday night (23rd April) sees the fantastic Gemma Hayes taking to our stage for her first Sligo gig to launch her forthcoming album, Let It Break. Book tickets (€20/15) here.

The Model’s Easter opening hours are:

Good Friday – Closed
Easter Saturday – Open 12-5pm
Easter Sunday – Open 12-5pm
Bank Holiday Monday – Closed

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Anne Mullee

13 Apr. 2011

Ashtanga / Hatha Yoga at The Model

Some serious relaxation beckons from Wednesday 20th April when Yoga*Body & Mind begins twice-weekly classes at The Model.

Yoga disciples will be in good hands, as teacher Matthias Pawlowski completed his teacher training at the oldest organised yoga institute in the world in Mumbai, India in a 900-hour intensive training course in 2010. The institute integrates its yoga practice with regular health camps for ailments such as diabetes, asthma, cardiac problems, arthritis and stress. So yoga really can be good for what ails you!

Join Matthias on Wednesdays or Saturdays to recharge your energy for the rest of the working day, or pop along for an evening class.

Wednesdays and Saturdays at The Model, The Mall, Sligo.

1:30 to 2:15 – Relaxation and Breathing
5:45 to 7:15 – Intermediate Yoga
7:15 to 8:45 – Beginners Yoga

10:30 to 12:00 – Intermediate Yoga
12:00 to 1:30 – Beginners Yoga

6 lessons for 50 Euros (block booking)
Single lessons for 12 Euros

Further classes take place around Sligo. For more information visit Yoga*Body & Mind’s Facebook page or contact Matthias via Email at thiaspawlowski@gmail.com or Phone on +353 (0)86 815 8181

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Anne Mullee

12 Apr. 2011

Our new Cafe opens tomorrow!

We’re very excited about the arrival of Gary Stafford at The Model – he’s running our new cafe, Slice@TheModel, and has already won our hearts (and stomachs) with his delicious food at his outpost in Sligo’s lovely old department store, Lyons of Wine Street.

From tomorrow there’ll be coffee of every kind as well as cakes and pastries, then from the beginning of May, a great choice of hot and cold food. What could be nicer than a great exhibition followed by a coffee in our sunny atrium?

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