19 Jun. 2010

The Model filled with creatives and animation this weekend

Lightbox Animation Festival kicked off today at The Model. The rolling Darklight and Synth Eastwood programme are running in the Cinema Northwest Cinemobile, which is parked up right outside the centre, as well as on The Model’s new digital screen.

This afternoon, despite the lovely sunshine, we had a great turn out for the launch of Lightbox. Paul Young from Cartoon Saloon, David Kitt and the Synth Eastwood gang all arrived just in time too, and we then all headed into The Model theatre for Animators Anonymous. I got to stick around and hear from Mike Ahern from D.A.D.D.Y.. He walked us through the early stages of D.A.D.D.Y. from the first videos they produced for War Lords of Pez which featured on No Disco. Then on to the video they produced for Jape’s ‘Floating’:

Which then led on to working with Bloc Party using available footage from Ray Harryhausen’s Little Red Riding Hood (available due to lapsed copyright):

Tonight we’re looking forward to the Synth Eastwood gig which promises to be an amazing night – blending music, animation, technology and audience development. David Kitt and Shocko will be joining the gang for DJ sets for an evening that is set to last long into the night.

At 12 mid-day tomorrow their is an industry roundtable chaired by Steve Woods which looks set to be an exciting discussion on the state of Irish animation especially considering the recent acknowledgments internationally.

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18 Jun. 2010

Join us for the launch of Lightbox

This weekend The Model hosts Lightbox Animation Festival, currently Ireland’s only dedicated animation fest. We’ve a pretty stellar line-up of animation films on the bill to suit all ages and all interests from myths and legends, to music and love stories.

On Saturday(tomorrow), we’ll be launching Lightbox at 3.15pm in The Model atrium space, and we would love if you could join us.

Following on from that will be the Animators Anonymous at 4pm featuring Mike Ahern from D.A.D.D.Y. & Fergal Brennan.

Over the weekend we’re also bringing the wonderful Darklight programme of innovative short animation to Sligo, as well as showing feature films and programmes which focus on particular animators and an exciting one off event by group Synth Eastwood with DJ sets from David Kitt and sound producer Shocko.

This year Lightbox profiles the work of hugely successful Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon, producers of Oscar®-nominated The Secret of Kells. If you haven’t caught this great film already, it will be screened on Saturday at 2pm.

Hope to see you over the weekend!

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17 Jun. 2010

Visit by Stan Douglas to The Model

We are very excited to share the news that Canadian artist Stan Douglas is visiting The Model and Sligo this week, upon invitation by our Director Seamus Kealy.

Douglas, based in Vancouver, Canada, has long been interested in the work of Samuel Beckett. In 1988 he curated Samuel Beckett: Teleplays, eight Beckett works for film and television. In 1991, Douglas produced Monodramas a series of short videos for television broadcasting, based on his studies of Beckett’s teleplays.Developed for television, these 30- to 60-second video works were broadcast nightly in British Columbia in 1992 for three weeks.

As an artist, he excels in incorporating new media technologies in his works, which always seem infected with popular genres. His art as been shown everywhere from Korea to South Africa to Venezuela. The Pompidou in Paris launched a major retrospective of his work, and he is a regular name at the Whitney Biennial. Britian’s prestigious Phaidon press recently issued a book of his work, while naming him one of the top twenty contemporary artists in the world.

Seamus brought Stan around the building and our current shows Dorm and Portraits from the Niland Collection.

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15 Jun. 2010

Animators Anonymous at Lightbox

As part of Lightbox Animation Festival this weekend at The Model, a number of animators will be participating in an ‘Animators Anonymous’ session where they will discuss their work from music videos to children’s tv series.

Animators Anonymous will be hosted by Synth Eastwood and will feature Mike Ahern from D.A.D.D.Y. & Fergal Brennan. They will both present a selection of their work to date and discuss the processes involved. The discussion will give an insight to what it is like to work in animation in Ireland today. Audience questions and participation is encouraged.

Animators Anonymous takes place at 4pm at The Model.

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11 Jun. 2010

Synth Eastwood announce more details for Lightbox

News just in from the Synth Eastwood gang: They’ve announced more details of their performance gig on Saturday night at Lightbox Animation Festival here in The Model next Saturday June 19th. David Kitt will join them for a DJ Set as well as Dublin based producer Shocko.

You can also catch Synth Eastwood’s animated programme throughout the weekend at Lightbox.

Tickets for Lightbox including this event are available from The Model on 071 9141405 or by email tickets@modelart.ie

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9 Jun. 2010

Foursquare Special Offer this week

The Model is up and running on Foursquare and we’re delighted to announce a special offer! For those that check in twice or more between Tuesday of this week and Thursday 17th June you receive a 20% discount on a weekend pass(on sale at €25) to Lightbox animation festival taking place here at The Model on June 19th and 20th.

To read more about Foursquare check out the details here.

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9 Jun. 2010

Lightbox Weekend Family Pass

We’re delighted to announce a weekend Family Pass for Lightbox Animation Festival taking place on 19th and 20th of June. For just €50, two adults and two children can enjoy a whole host of great animation at The Model over the weekend. Check out Lightbox for Kids for details of our family programme.

To book and for further details please call The Model on 071 9141405 or by emailing tickets@modelart.ie

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4 Jun. 2010

Lightbox Festival shines a light on Animated Film

Cinema North West and The Model are creating a dedicated Irish Animation festival in Sligo on the 19th and 20th June entitled Lightbox, and presented in association with Dublin’s Darklight Film Festival, and collective Synth Eastwood, the weekend long festival presents family-friendly programmes as well as more challenging fare alongside industry events all focusing on Irish animation work from shorts and music videos to full length features.

Screenings will be held in The Model in Sligo and the Cinema NorthWest Cinemobile, which will be parked outside The Model’s new entrance on Connaughton Road.

This year Lightbox profiles the work of hugely successful Irish animation
company Cartoon Saloon, producers of The Secret of Kells. This is a
bewitching, magical story € a feast for the eyes. In addition to screening their Oscar®-nominated feature, there will also be a special selection of their work from the past few years.

There are several other family friendly screenings including Ponyo, the latest innovative work from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, creators of such modern classics as Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Also showing will be the award winning Lost and Found, this 25 minute animation was adapted from the quirky and beautiful children’s book by Oliver Jeffers.

The festival also looks in depth at the work of Jimmy Murakami, a founding father of Irish animation with the screening of a new documentary about his life; Jimmy Murakami, Non Alien, which fits in with a rare screening of his 1986 cold war feature film When the Wind Blows.
Also we will be screening Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues. Paley, an independent filmmaker, adapted the Indian epic Ramayana for her first full-length feature, Sita. This is a sexy and subversive roller-coaster ride, which features a cast of hundreds: flying monkeys, evil monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors and winged eyeballs! Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, Sita has been called one woman’s pursuit of the truth, justice and a cry for female equality earning the tagline, ‘The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.’

Lightbox is also bringing the wonderful Darklight programme of innovative short animation to Sligo, hosting a salon style chat with leading Animators in Animators Anonymous and staging on Saturday 19th at 9pm an exciting one-off music/art/film event by group Synth Eastwood as part of the festival. This ‘happening’, will be a night of music, performance with audio and visual manipulations, this will include complete interactivity with the audience, so expected the unexpected

There’s special Lightbox Kids programme running within the festival, with a great selection of features and shorts that are perfect for kids, with tales of talking fish, Irish monks and persuasive penguins. Check out the beautiful Oscar nominated animated film The Secret of Kells, this unique film tells the tale of young Brendan and his life within the abbey’s walls, follow him as he tries to protect the most magical book in the world as he ventures into the dark forest and meets the beautiful, but naughty forest sprite, Aisling.

Lightbox will also be screening the fantastical tale of Ponyo, with breathtaking animation, this is the story of a little fish from the sea who struggles to realise her dream of living with a five year old boy, named Sosuke, who in turn has to make a most solemn promise. Lightbox is also screening the winner of the 2009 BAFTA winner for best Children’s Animation, Lost and Found. This tells the story of a young boy who awakes to find a penguin on his doorstep and who will stop at nothing to bring him home to the Antarctica. There will be a special screening of Cartoon Saloon’s work, which will showcase their pioneering work in animation, such as their work for the music series, Anam and Amhran and their popular work for children’s television.

Special Kids Weekend pass is available for €10, which allows entry to all suitable, kids events at Lightbox. Adult weekend passes are €25, and day passes are €15, with individual tickets available for features too.

Tickets are available from The Model by calling the box office on 071 9141405 or by emailing tickets@modelart.ie.

For a full programme see visit Lightbox

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31 May. 2010

Open Coffee Sligo at The Model this Thursday

We are delighted to be hosting the next Open Coffee Sligo again this Thursday at 11am in the Media Room.

This week Open Coffee will be opening up the discussion around the tangible benefits of Social Media featuring some local case studies.

Open Coffee Sligo is a free, informal networking event for business-minded individuals to get together and chat about new projects and new business ideas, and how to do existing business better.

According to Kevin Peyton, one of the organisers of these monthly meetups – a frequent theme that recurs from meeting to meeting is how attendees are using the Internet and websites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to build relationships with their customers.

June’s Open Coffee meeting will therefore be exclusively devoted to discussing the benefits of social media. The discussion will be led by Denise Rushe, of The Model and Sligo Events, and Aoife Porter of Bua Marketing. Denise and Aoife, OpenCoffee regulars and keen social media advocates, look forward to showcasing some of the great examples of Sligo businesses who have used social media channels such as Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook and seen tangible results.

The Open Coffee Sligo crew would love to see lots of new faces at the event on June 3rd, so whether you’re a business owner, a social media addict or just somebody who is curious, please pop along to The Model next Thursday.

This discussion will happen in The Model on Thursday, June 3rd from 11-1. No pre-registration is necessary, just show up.

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27 May. 2010

Edge of Urge: Exhibition Opening Next Door at Art Mart studios

This weekend is a busy one on The Mall here in Sligo. First off we kickstart the day with our second Dorm Symposium from 2pm, then ease on into the night with the wonderful RSAG. In between these events, we recommend you make a trip to the Art Mart studios for their latest exhibition ‘Edge of Urge’ running from May 29th € 5th June. The opening on saturday night starts at 7pm. Follow that with a bang back at The Model for RSAG.

The Artmart Studios proudly presents the new show ‘Edge of Urge’, which is a group exhibition of Fine Art students work from the Institute of Technology Sligo.

The exhibition draws together a wide variety of practices and as the time is close for these students to have to face the harsh reality of surviving as practicing artists within these difficult economic times the show is an expression of this soon to come reality.

The opening of edge of urge is on Sat 29th May at 7pm, ArtMart studios, 7 Lower The Mall, Sligo. Opening Times 11am € 5pm Monday to Friday. All are welcome.

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6 May. 2010

Bealtaine events at The Model during May

Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. Join over 55,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. Bealtaine is your chance to try something new, to share your talents or to come back to something you haven’t done for years. The Model are delighted to be participating in this year’s celebrations by hosting a number of events and talks during the month of May:

  • May 12th 11am Film Dean Spanley
  • May 13th 11am Artist Talk with Barrie Cooke
  • May 19th 11am Film Conversations with a Gardener
  • May 19th 2pm Artists studio visit with Sean McSweeney €bus from Model

Please note places are limited. Please phone The Model on 071-914 14 05 or email tickets@modelart.ie to reserve your place.

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30 Apr. 2010

Getting to The Model

We’re now less than 24 hours away from reopening the doors of the brand new Model. We’ve put together a few notes on the best way to get you here, via our new entrance on Connaughton Road.

The simplest way to access The Model is through the Connaughton Rd car-parks which are well sign-posted around Sligo. The one on the highest part of Connaughton Road will bring you the closest to the entrance. Car Parking is metered at a daily rate of €2.50 (payable by coin or credit card). After 6.30pm there are no parking charges. From the Car Park you can clearly see the new Model facade/entrance.

The Mall door will not be in operation but you can still access The Model via The Mall the weekend. Once you ascend the steps to The Model you will have to take a right around the building and follow some more steps up on the right hand side until you reach the new facade/entrance.

When the restuarant is fully installed, The Mall entrance will be reopened during restaurant opening hours.

There are also two free wheelchair accessible spaces in the car parks on Connaughton Road.

If you need any more information please just give us a call here at The Model on 071 91 41405.

29 Apr. 2010

The first Critical Run kicks off events at The Model

We’re not open quite yet, but the first events as part of Dorm kicked off this afternoon with a Critical Run with Danish Artist Thierry Geoffroy.

This run was for local artists and we had a great turn out, especially from the fine art department, lecturers included, from IT Sligo. The discussion for this run was “Are art institutions so successful they no longer serve their local artists” …. a very vibrant debate!

The run ended at IT Sligo where participants went on to attend ‘Becoming Dutch: A model of future museum practice’ art lecture.

Thierry has kindly offered one wall of his booth space at Dorm to local artists to showcase ‘Emergency Art’, and has put out his offer via his very proactive Facebook page. Please take note that Thierry will be moderating applications for this.

“Don’t exhibit recycled flea market art to which you want to give visibility , but what you truly found made you jump that day as emergency to point to. The most pertinent work that can latter have an impact will stay and the penetration wall will enter the domain of the delay for the rest of the period.”

You can find full details on the event page on facebook.

More pictures from today’s run on our flickr account

The next Critical Run takes place this evening at 5.50pm, meeting at Doorly Park and is for everyone.

Runners at the ready..

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29 Apr. 2010

Research Project for Community Development in Sligo

WochenKlausur, a group of artists from Austria, will be in Sligo from April 28th(yesterday) until May 6th to focus on a community development project. These artists were invited by The Model for its May re-opening to produce a Sligo-specific project. As a result, WochenKlausur chose to identify and help remedy local community issues. They have since invited ten Sligo-based experts for design, engineering, social work, architecture, urban planning, and sociology to participate. The whole process will be discussed at a kick-off meeting at The Model, Sligo on April 29th at 6 pm.

At the project’s conclusion on May 5th, at 6 pm, the participants will present the final results to local government and representatives of the media at The Model.

Founded in 1993, WochenKlausur has been invited by different institutions around the world to develop proposals for small, but nevertheless effective improvements to socio-political deficiencies. These proposals are often then enacted into some form of positive community result. Since commencing, WochenKlausur has conducted thirty of these community-based projects all across Europe, the US and Japan.

If you feel you could contribute to this meeting please email Denise on deniserushe(at)modelartdotie (replacing the at for @ and dot for .)

For more on Wochenklauser please visit their website

Click here for more on Dorm

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28 Apr. 2010

Blog a bed this weekend at Dorm

We are delighted to announce a very exciting competition for bloggers.

As you may know, this weekend The Model reopens its doors following a two year redevelopment which has seen the centre increase in size by a third. The new Model is now home to a separate restaurant and coffee dock, a bookshop, a new gallery circuit on the first floor, a purpose built performance space, and nine truly impressive artist studios with enviable views of the region.

Events planned to welcome you all into the new Model for the weekend include the exhibition opening for Dorm, a public sleep over project, critical runs with artist Thierry Geoffroy, screenings, an archive,Fresh Air with Donal Dineen and guests as well as performances by a number of the visiting artists collectives.

The sleepover is fully subscribed at the moment but we do have two beds kept aside to give away to blogging friends of The Model who are happy to blog about their sleepover experience! All you have to do is leave a comment below, with a link to your blog, and tell us why you want to sleepover at The Model.

The Public Sleep Over Project (PSP) is presented as an inventive partnership with IT Sligo ;up to eighty guests will bed down on innovative sleeping apparatuses designed by SIT design students.

Full details of the Public Sleepover Project and a list of frequently asked questions can be found here

The winner will be announced on Thursday afternoon.

(please note this is for one blogger plus a friend and you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Sligo)

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15 Apr. 2010

The Model seeks joggers, communities and cat lovers

Three artist groups will work with the Sligo public in the lead up to The Model’s re-opening exhibition; Dorm. “The artists’ projects range from the humorous to the political, and will involve people of all backgrounds to participate”, announced The Model Director Seamus Kealy.

French artist Thierry Geoffroy will be arranging a series of events he calls critical runs in Sligo, from his home in Denmark. People are invited to run in three different events € organised so that political issues are discussed while jogging.

These three runs will happen on the 28th and 29th of April and will take place in the centre of Sligo town. Thierry is particularly looking for artists of any discipline, and people aged 50+ for two of the runs, but everyone is welcome for the third. The runs have taken place all over the world from the Brooklyn Bridge to Athens, Greece and are a great opportunity to meet new people, get issues off your chest and contribute to an art project while you’re on the run.

From Austria, the collective Wochenklausur is looking to engage local communities and Sligo politicians to see where Sligo can use some improvement. Every society has its socio-economic bumps, and Wochenklausur are asking Sligo people themselves what is most needed to improve our communities. The artists will then arrange an office in The Model galleries and turn their art project into a social project throughout Dorm. Community groups have now been contacted, and people are welcome to approach the artists to find out more after the exhibition opens.

Fastwurms Spotti Fang
Then from Canada, the duo Fastwürms (who are practicing witches) are looking for the local cat community to help produce an art project that is between The Model, people’s homes and the spaces that cats inhabit. Check out the Sligo Cats facebook page, you may need a while to oooh and ahh at all the cat pictures!

All three projects are part of the large-scale, re-opening project Dorm, an exhibition that will see over twenty artists collectives from around Ireland the world descending on Sligo at one time. The Model will re-open to the public on Saturday 1st May with this exhibition of twenty-two artist collectives. The building will be filled with exhibitions, concerts, screenings and performances all aimed at the social imagination.

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15 Apr. 2010

Hear ‘The Sinking of The Titanic’ in Sligo this weekend

This week marks the ninety-eighth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic ship which set sail shortly before midnight on 14th April 1912 from Southhampton, England. The ship had been built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Four days into the ship’s maiden voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank two hours and forty minutes later, early on 15 April 1912.

This weekend, the Sligo New Music Festival takes place at The Model and will feature some of Gavin Bryars ground-breaking works including ‘The Sinking of the Titanic’. The initial starting point for the piece was the reported fact of the band having played a hymn tune in the final moments of the ship’s sinking. All the materials used in the piece are derived from research and speculations about the sinking of the “unsinkable” luxury liner.

Tomorrow evening, as we open our doors to the public for the first time in over two years, you are invited to join us for the aptly timed performance of ‘The Sinking of The Titanic’ performed by The Smith Quartet at The Model.

Earlier this week, Irish Times journalist Rosita Boland also wrote a beautiful piece on the story of the Titanic and how she discovered it at boarding school.

Second Square to None’s blog also features ‘The Sinking of the Titanic’ on today’s podcast.

The opening concert tomorrow night has limited capacity and we would strongly recommend booking in advance. Tickets are available from The Model on 071 9141405.

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15 Apr. 2010

A preview of the new Model building

As we prepare for our first event this weekend, we are delighted to be able to share this great video preview of the new model building with you. Filmed and edited by Pink Lime Video Productions and accompanied by ‘Impossibly Beautiful’ by Julie Feeney …..do let us know what you think on the new comments feature below.

A preview of The Model, Sligo from The Model, Sligo on Vimeo.

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1 Mar. 2010

The Irish Blog Awards

We are delighted to announce that this blog has been nominated for Best Arts and Culture blog in the Irish Blog Awards 2010. It’s a long list of some of Ireland’s great arts and cultural blogs and we are thrilled to be included. A few of the blogs from our category that we love staying up to date with include The Performance Corporation, PantiBar, Etsy Ireland, and Irish Street Art. Thanks to Poetry Ireland for sponsoring the event and to Damien Mulley for organising the awards.

Our blog is maintained by the Marketing Department (ie. Aoife and Denise) but the whole organisation contributes to articles to provide an all round view of how The Model operates from day to day. When we are working on new projects or exhibitions we always make sure to ask artists and groups to contribute something towards a blogpost giving space to different voices within The Model, so for example our visual programme assistant Lara wrote recently about an exhibition tour she gave in Ballina, Young Model curator Linda wrote about a trip to the Exchange in Dublin with the young Model group, and again for GradCam, Marketing Assistant Denise blogged about a Josh Ritter gig in October and Young Model group member Jason wrote on his experiences of the YM programme.

We have just realised today that on April 16th our blog shall celebrate it’s second birthday. It also nicely coincides with the first event to be held at the new Model building, the Sligo New Music Festival.

So if you are here visiting us for the first time, we’d like to say a big hello to you and to those who voted for us, a big thank you to you too!

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