19 May. 2011

Official Reopening of The Model

You are warmly invited to:

The Official Reopening of The Model

by the Board of Directors.

Thurs. 09 June 2011 from 7 – 9pm.

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and our stakeholders will join us to inaugurate the building, thank our funders, and celebrate the closing of Jack B. Yeats: The Outsider

Guests are invited to join us for some light refreshments.

RSVP before 26 May to info@themodel.ie

Parking: The Model entrance is accessible from the Connaughton Road Car Park, where there is ample parking space.

Download a PDF of this invitation here.

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16 May. 2011

Director's Q&A with One Hundred Mornings' Conor Horgan

Don’t miss this week’s great film One Hundred Mornings by Irish Director Conor Horgan.

Book tickets here

Two couples are holed up in a cabin on the outskirts of a small village for two months now and tensions are starting to flare. They don’t have any power, food supplies are running low, villagers are wielding shotguns and the Gardai are beginning to cede control to roaming gangs. They share a cold comfort with their only neighbour – Tim – who will split his vodka but won’t hand over his spare rifle because ‘you don’t know how things will turn out.’

Director Conor Horgan will attend a special Q&A after this Thursday’s screening at 8pm of his film in The Model cinema.

Competition
To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to this special screening, please answer the following question and email your answer to marketing@themodel.ie.

Question: Who plays Jonathan in the film? Clue here

Winner of the audience award at the recent Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and an Irish Times four star this French documentry “makes the toe tap as it wrings for tears. If there are easier, more pleasing ways to broaden your horizons, we can’t say what they might be”.

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11 May. 2011

Join The Model's Visual Arts team this June

The Model is looking for a dynamic team of interns and volunteers to work on a complex visual art installation during the month of June. The team will work in a fast-paced contemporary art gallery, on a major installation of the work of international film-maker Harun Farocki.

The positions will enable participants to gain experience in both the technical and curatorial preparation of a major exhibition. Positions would suit those studying for a Fine Art Degree or MA. A small rewards package is available on completion of the installation.

For further details please contact info@themodel.ie with reference Visual Arts Intern

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9 May. 2011

Conor Gallagher exhibition in the new Model Studio Artists' Gallery

The Model is delighted to announce the first exhibition in our new Studio Artists’ Gallery.

Conor Gallagher ‘s show Higher Ground opens on 19 May at 6.30pm and runs 20-28 May.

View the exhibition invitation here

In describing Higher Ground, Conor commented “I have been climbing the mountains surrounding Sligo, in different weather and seasons to explore the geology and the flora in detail.
This added to my familiarity with them from a distance where they inform the composition of the setting of the town, views and routes.

In parallel to digging deeper into the idea of place and land as a material exploration, I also started a material exploration of paint, pigments, minerals and oils to make these paintings.”

You are invited to see the results of Conor’s work from his Model Studio at the opening in the new Model Studio Artist’s Gallery on 19 May, or during its run from 20-28 May.

Further work can be seen at www.conorgallagher.com

Full details on how to apply for a Model Studio space here

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6 May. 2011

Special Jack B. Yeats talk this weekend with Dermot Healy and Seán McSweeney

Our programme of exciting talks for The Ruby Blue Social Club educational programme for over 55s and friends, continues this month with a feast of Yeats’ events.

To celebrate Bealtaine; the month that celebrates creativity in older people, this Saturday 07 May at 1pm, writer Dermot Healy and artist Seán McSweeney will have a conversation about Jack B. Yeats: on his painting life and also on his lesser-known craft, his writings.

This is a free event; just come to The Model reception at 1pm.

On Thurs. 19 May at 11am we have a talk from Stella Mews at 11am about The Niland Collection, with Jack B. Yeats paintings as a backdrop to this talk. Full info here

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5 May. 2011

'...for peace comes dropping slow..' screening this weekend

The film ‘…for peace comes dropping slow…’ will screen in our cinema as part of Short Films@The Model series this Sat. 07 May at 3pm.

Conceived and directed by Sligo based artist Lisa Vandegrift Davala and commissioned by Sligo County Council, the film was shot at a number of Sligo locations during the summer of 2010. Admission to the screening is free.

With cinematography by Cian de Buitléar, Tony Kearns as editor, a soundtrack produced by Seamie O’Dowd on vocals and fiddle and Darren Carr as the stills photographer, the film has been well-received since its release in Autumn of 2010.

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21 Apr. 2011

Gemma Hayes competition

Meteor-award winner Gemma Hayes plays at The Model this Saturday. We have a pair of tickets up for grabs.

To win these tickets, simply answer the following question and send your answer to marketing@themodel.ie by 3pm on Fri, 22 April.

Question: Who is playing support for Gemma Hayes at The Model this Saturday? (Clue here)

Of course if you don’t win tickets you can book them online here

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13 Apr. 2011

Easter Opening Hours

We’re looking forward to seeing lots of visitors here over the Easter Holidays. We’re closed on Good Friday, 22 April, but will open on Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24 April and look forward to seeing you here.

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11 Apr. 2011

Submarine Ticket Competition

This week’s film at The Model cinema, Submarine is a comedy which follows 15-year Oliver Tate who has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to stop his mother from leaving his father for her dance teacher._

“Submarine is certainly very funny, but it also has a surprisingly scary quality to it.”_ With four-stars from the Irish Times, this is definitely one not to miss.

To win two tickets to Submarine at The Model this week, send an answer to the following question to marketing@themodel.ie

Who directed Submarine? (Clue here)

Competition closes Wed, 13 Apr. at 5pm.

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9 Apr. 2011

Craic in the Box on Saturday 09 April is cancelled

We regret to say that we have to cancel tonight’s Craic in the Box due to unforeseen circumstances.

We do apologise but we will run this gig later this year. Watch out for Maeve Higgins on May 14th and Colin Murphy on June 11th!

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5 Apr. 2011

We're on the telly!

Have any of you spotted the ad running on RTÉ One and Two this week advertising our Jack B. Yeats’ show The Outsider?

We’re very grateful to local film-maker Peter Martin for making this beautiful ad for us. Peter makes a wide range of videos from surfing and other extreme sports to music videos, event coverage and of course commercial work. You can see more of Peter’s work on his Vimeo channel here or you can contact him on (086)1069869.

Thanks also to actress Nichola MacEvilly for her voice-over.

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4 Apr. 2011

Reminder: The Model Studios Application Deadline

Seven state-of-the-art studios are available for rent at The Model in Sligo. Applications are now being accepted.

Studio rentals are available for twelve-month durations commencing 01 June 2011.

Fees for the studios are €250 per month which includes utilities and broadband. Studios are unfurnished and have 24 hour access and measure approx 7 × 4 metres. Studios can be shared by two artists each maximum. Applicants should note that the studios are not residential and there is no parking.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 16 April 2011

Seven state-of-the-art studios are available for rent at The Model in Sligo. Applications are now being accepted.

Studio rentals are available for twelve-month durations commencing 01 June 2011.

Fees for the studios are €250 per month which includes utilities and broadband. Studios are unfurnished and have 24 hour access and measure approx 7 × 4 metres. Studios can be shared by two artists each maximum. Applicants should note that the studios are not residential and there is no parking.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 16 April 2011

Application details here

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1 Apr. 2011

Transition Year Film Programme at The Model

Did you know that The Model has a Transition Year Film Programme?

This month’s film is the award-winning Irish documentary, The Pipe which will screen this coming Thursday, April 07 at 11am. Tickets are only €4.

This film is also open to the public. Book tickets here.

For further information please call The Model on (071)914 1405

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31 Mar. 2011

A Musical Treat: Sarah Gillespie at The Model this Saturday

Don’t miss this Saturday’s very special gig at The Model.

Heralded as the new Joni Mitchell with Dylan’s lyrical bite, Sarah Gillespie has been wowing audiences with her haunting tunes and striking lyrics.

Described by Rock’n’Reel as ‘a bracingly eclectic mix of Beat poetry with jazz, folk and Middle Eastern elements’ Sarah’s music is a sonic reflection of the contemporary London street, a melting-pot mix of urban-folk stamped with her trademark lyricism that knits everyday banter with raw poetry. Sarah’s quartet features Gilad Atzmon on accordion, clarinet and sax, Enzo Zirilli on drums and Ben Bastin on double bass.

The band recently completed a new album ‘In the Current Climate’ which was released in January 2011 to critical acclaim.

‘If we hear anything finer this year, it will be a miracle’ The Press, Feb 2011.

6pm – Special Pre-concert Event: In Conversation with Gilad Atzmon, Jazz virtuoso, political essayist and novelist.

Book your tickets online here

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25 Mar. 2011

Art Appreciation Course for Leaving Cert Students

Calling all Leaving Certificate art students: a free art appreciation course for Leaving Cert students, in partnership with The National Gallery of Ireland, will be held at The Model next Wednesday, 30 March from 10am – 3pm.

The course will focus on 20th Century Irish Art and the art movements – Renaissance Art, Impressionism and Modernism. The Outsider, an exhibition of the late works of Jack B Yeats will be a particular focus of the course. Booking is essential, places limited.

Book here.

25 Mar. 2011

One more week to see become by local artist Frank Conway

become, a film portrait by Frank Conway of influential Sligo sculptor Fred Conlon, filmed six weeks before he died from a brain tumour in 2005, closes at The Model on Saturday, April 2nd.

become has drawn local and national visitors to this showcase of Sligo artist Frank Conway’s work. Informed by the life and work of another of Sligo’s finest artists and investigating themes of impermanence and perception, become is an expression of the profound effect of the physical and emotional trauma experienced by Conlon’s encounter with fatal illness.

In front of four projected screens, the spectator stands between the image of the artist and the arc of his experience; the body under the gaze of the surgeon; the work of art under the scrutiny of the artist; the man and what he confronts as he approaches death.

Frank Conway is a former head of Design at the Abbey Theatre and an award winning scenographer, artist and lecturer working in film and theatre in Ireland and abroad.

Don’t miss this last opportunity to see this very important show at The Model.

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24 Mar. 2011

IFTA award-winning director Juanita Wilson to attend special screening at The Model

The harrowing and tragic, award-winning movie ‘As If I Am Not There’ will be screened at The Model Cinema from March 30th – April 1st.

‘As If I Am Not There’ tells the story of a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things. This film is a modern war story that explores love, identity and the connections between us and has been described by film critics as ‘astounding’ and ‘extraordinary’.

Juanita Wilson, Director of ‘As If I Am Not There’ and winner of the IFTA for Best Director, Best Script and Best Film, will be in attendance at The Model on Thursday, March 31st to engage in a Q & A with the audience.

As Director Screenings are very popular, early booking and arrival is advised.

Book here.

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23 Mar. 2011

Volunteering at The Model


We are looking for enthusiastic people who have a few hours to spare at weekends to join our volunteer scheme. If you are interested in meeting people, getting a better understanding and experience of the arts and would like to make a worthwhile contribution to Sligo’s cultural life, The Model would love to hear from you.

For further information, call Marion Dunleavy on (071) 914 1405 or email getinvolved@themodel.ie

For more information on the role of the invigilator, read this document.

The Model is delighted to partner with Sligo Volunteer Centre for recruitment to our Volunteer Programme.

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16 Mar. 2011

Opening Hours for St. Patrick's Day

The Model is closed on St. Patrick’s Day, but will open for the screening of Never Let me Go at 8pm in the evening. We reopen again on Friday, March 18th for regular opening hours.

From everybody at The Model, we wish you all a very happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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3 Mar. 2011

IT Sligo to host creative industry events at The Model this Friday

IT Sligo is running a programme of events for their Enterprise & Innovation Week 2011 all this week, which culminates in The Model with a number of great free events tomorrow which are open to the public.

Schedule of Events for Friday, 04 Mar.
Future Strategies for Sligo’s Creative Industry
10am – 12pm.

A panel discussion on the future strategies for the Creative Industry in the Northwest with the following speakers:
Mary McAuliffe, Arts Officer, Sligo Co Co
Ian Brannigan, Western Development Commission
Rory O’Connor, Sligo Live Sessions
Seamus Kealy, Director Curator, The Model
Guy Gowan, guygowan.com

The Future of Online Social Media.
Presented by: Johnny Beirne. 12 – 1pm

Digital Imaging Exposed
Presented by: Guy Gowan. 12pm – 1.30pm
Guy Gowan is the creative industry’s leading authority on Digital Retouching and Photoshop, he has manipulated images since the first digital scanning devices were developed. Guy has amassed a wealth of experience during his 25 years lecturing, presenting and working at the cutting edge of Digital Imaging technology around the globe.

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28 Feb. 2011

Free short film programme at The Model cinema this springtime

Grab a coffee and see a freebie short film at The Model Cinema on Saturdays at 2.30pm this springtime.

Shorts@TheModel is a new programme of diverse short films from up-and-coming Irish filmmakers, which showcases the sheer diversity and creativity in contemporary Irish film-making and animation.

All Shorts@TheModel screenings are free; this programme is funded by the International Fund for Ireland. Each short film will be have a duration of 15-20 minutes.

We will also screen short films from up-and-coming Sligo film-makers including Anthony Cullen of Lug Media and Mike Guckian of Sligeach Films.

Other films to be screened include Oscar-nominated short The Crush, (screened 12 March) featuring Sligo actress Olga Werhly, and Small Change by Cathy Brady, winner of this year’s Best Short Film at the Irish Television and Television Awards and screened in The Model Cinema on 26 March.

Crossing Salween is a mesmeric short film based on a short story by Gary Moore and produced through the Irish Film Board ‘Signatures’ Scheme in association with Red Rage Films (screened 19 March) and it tells the story of a young girl, Ko Reh in the Karen state of Eastern Burma. On surviving the massacre of her family, she has to make the arduous journey through the horrors of the Burmese jungle. Her late father’s enduring love and his last promise has given her a spirit guide to shepherd her through the jungle across the river.

Also screening is the highlight of the recent Jameson Film Festival, David O’ Reilly’s, The Eternal World. This is a dark, twisted and hilarious animation from the enfant terrible of Irish animation.

Tipped as a director to watch, Juanita Wilson’s Oscar Nominated short The Door, will also be shown on 26 March. Juanita’s debut feature-length film, the haunting and visceral As If I am Not There, will also screen at The Model cinema on March 31st, and be followed by a post-screening discussion with the director and a accompanying panel.

Also look out for treats from Darklight and Northern Ireland Screen.

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25 Feb. 2011

Free screenings of Oscar-nominated short at The Model this weekend

Oscar night rolls around again this Sunday, 27 Feb. The only Irish nomination is the 15-minute short film The CRUSH, directed and written by Michael Creagh, with Sligo actress, Olga Werhly, in the lead role as the beautiful teacher, Miss Purdy.

Eight-year-old Ardal (played by newcomer, Oran Creagh) has a crush on Miss Purdy is devastated to learn she has a fiancé.

The Crush will be screened free at 2.30pm tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 February as part of our ‘Free Short Films @ The Model,’ where every Saturday at 2.30pm a free short film will be screened in The Model Cinema. The Crush will be screened again on 12 March at 2.30pm.

Produced by Purdy Pictures and distributed by Network Ireland Television LTD.

Best of luck on Sunday from IFI@TheModel.

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18 Feb. 2011

Frank Conway's become opens at The Model this weekend

You are warmly invited to join us tomorrow at 6pm for the opening reception of become; a new video installation project by artist and filmmaker Frank Conway.

become is a film portrait of influential Sligo sculptor Fred Conlon, filmed six weeks before he died from a brain tumour in 2005.
Fred Conlon was a native of Easkey, Co Sligo.

A graduate and lecturer of sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, he returned to Sligo in 1972 and was instrumental in developing the art department at Sligo’s Institute of Technology. He lectured in sculpture and drawing until 1989, when he took early retirement to devote his time to being a professional sculptor.

The Model is delighted to showcase the work of artist Frank Conway. Informed by the life and work of another of Sligo’s finest artists and investigating themes of impermanence and perception, ‘become’ is an expression of the profound effect of the physical and emotional trauma experienced by Conlons’ encounter with fatal illness.

In front of four projected screens, the spectator stands between the image of the artist and the arc of his experience; the body under the gaze of the surgeon; the work of art under the scrutiny of the artist; between a man and what he confronts as he approaches death.

Frank Conway is a former head of Design at the Abbey Theatre and an award winning scenographer, artist and lecturer working in film and theatre in Ireland and abroad.

The opening reception for become takes place tomorrow, Sat. 19 Feb. at 6pm, which is open to the public.

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18 Feb. 2011

Adventure Sligo

The Model is delighted to be a member of the Sligo Adventure Hub, which has just launched a new website and new video highlighting all of the great reasons to visit Sligo.

Adventure Sligo highlights the great reasons to get outdoors in Sligo, it also showcases the great cultural reasons to visit Yeats’ county, obviously including a visit to The Model.

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16 Feb. 2011

Children and Family at The Model

Last week saw the first in a series of free workshops at The Model for parents and toddlers. Artist Kate Wilson led the children through a magical world of water and paint. Characters and beautiful scenes from a children’s storybook were used to stir the imagination. Using sponges, water-based paints, straws and powder, each child created numerous beautiful paintings in watery blues, greens and yellows. By the end of the workshop, the room was filled with drawings, which were hung around the room like an installation of Tibetan prayer flags. The quiet energy in the room was notable as children and parents alike were transported into a world apart.

Of course we also have workshops for more mature audiences. Artist Pia Lueck introduced her first workshop in this Spring’s ArtTrap family programme on Sunday. ArtTrap is a series of workshops for 4-6 year olds and 7-9 year olds.

Pia’s workshops all take place in a quirky suitcase, which is home to oodles of pens, pencils, crayons, coloured papers, string, wool, clay, paint and much more. This curious suitcase is constantly on the move, acquiring and accumulating different materials each week. On Sunday last, children made clay models of characters inspired by characters they chose to illustrate from a tour of the exhibition. Anna Leask, an art student in Sligo, observed the workshop and had the following to say:
“They were all given a piece of clay each and were able to let loose and make something that they had seen in the gallery. They then covered the pieces of clay in plaster and painted them. What a fabulous way for your children to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon and I have taken some great ideas home with me to experiment with, for my own children, I’m very grateful for the experience The Model has given me.”

Marie-Louise Blaney, Education Curator

The next ArtTrap (4-6 year olds) workshop takes place on Sun. 06 Mar. and Sun. 13 Mar. (7-9 year olds).

To book, contact The Model on (071)91 41405 or email info@themodel.ie.

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14 Feb. 2011

We're up for a gong

We’re delighted that The Model blog has been nominated as one of the best Arts & Culture blogs in the Irish Blog Awards 2011.

We’re in esteemed company, so to get this nomination is quite the honour. We’re looking forward to the awards night in March.

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11 Feb. 2011

Michael D. Higgins visit to The Model

Michael D. Higgins TD will be the guest of honour at The Model for a public welcome reception on Friday, February 18 from 4.30 – 6pm .

Former Minister for Arts, Culture, and the Gaeltacht, and current Labour president, Michael has also had a career as a poet, author and broadcaster. He has contributed widely to political and philosophical journals on many subjects including Ideology, The Sociology of Literature, Clientism in Politics, Regionalism and The Politics of the Media.

As a enthusiastic supporter for the arts and The Model itself, Michael was Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht when The Model was allocated €3m of funding in 1997.

The Model is delighted to welcome Michael to the recently reopened building. His visit marks an occasion to emphasise the critical role for arts and culture in developing Ireland’s future. The reception will include light refreshments and everyone is welcome to attend.

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10 Feb. 2011

Art Trap workshops ignite young imaginations

The first in a series of workshops for 4-6 year olds kicked off at The Model last Sunday, led by artist Naomi Draper. Our packed audience of young participants had fun experimenting with different art materials and explored, through drawing, the hidden treasures of Jack B. Yeats.

This Sunday’s workshop is especially for 7-9 year olds sees the appearance of a mysterious suitcase with participants travelling to another world with artist Pia Lueck. There are still a few spaces available for this creative workshop, packed to the brim with ideas and exciting art games.

To book your place email info@themodel.ie or call (071)914 1405. More info here

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3 Feb. 2011

The Model Music Residency 2011 is now open for applications

Applications are now open for a month long residency during March 2011.

The Model Music Residency is a month long residency in the contemporary Arts Centre in Sligo. The music artist in residence can be a musician, composer or sound artist of any discipline. The residency offers a furnished apartment on site for the exclusive use of the resident (with 24hour private access), and access to a music rehearsal studio.

A number of instruments are available for the resident’s use, including drums, an electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and, subject to availability, a grand piano. A PA, vocal mics and a basic recording device (intended for recording rehearsals/practice and not finished works).

The resident will have access to any Model events taking place at the time of the residency, and may arrange to perform publically during the residency and/or at a later date should that benefit the resident’s overall practice. The resident may also, if deemed appropriate, arrange to host an educational music workshop or talk with young / local musicians.

Applications are now being received, with an application deadline of Tuesday February 22nd at 5pm. A panel which includes a previous music resident will review all applications. Applicants will be notified no later than Fri. 25 February 2011.

The residency will then commence on 01 March.

Application Form for the Music Residency is here

Please also give an indication of whether or not you would be interested in an involvement in performance or education.

See pictures of the resident apartment here and a video of the Model here

2 Feb. 2011

Yeats’ paintings come home to Sligo

The Model warmly invites you to the Opening Reception of Jack B. Yeats: The Outsider this coming Saturday, 05 Feb. from 6-7.30pm . View the invitation here.

The Outsider is a major exhibition of one of Ireland’s finest painters, and local son, Jack B. Yeats. Co-curated by Brian O’Doherty and Emer McGarry, the exhibition surveys Yeats’ career from his initial experiments in oils in the early 1900’s to his very last paintings completed just before his death in 1957.

The show will bring many of Yeats’ great masterpieces together in Sligo for the first time in almost 40 years. Many of the works in The Outsider are drawn from the impressive Niland Collection of art, which now boasts 49 Jack B. Yeats works and a further 19 works from his father John, two from his sister and four by his niece Anne Yeats and one by his wife Mary Cottenham Yeats. The Model is delighted to be in a position to fulfil the ambitions of Nora Niland, the founder of The Niland Collection, by staging this ambitious survey show of Yeats work in 2011.

The paintings from the Niland Collection will be joined by pieces from the collections of The National Gallery of Ireland, Tate Britain and Limerick City Gallery of Art. Many more works have been gathered from private collections all over the world, some of which have not been exhibited publically since the 1950’s. The Model is delighted to be in a position to show these great works in Yeats’ hometown of Sligo.

The Outsider runs from 06 Feb. – 05 Jun. 2011.

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