31 Jan. 2019

Susan Hillar 1940 - 2019

Everyone at The Model would like to express their deep sadness at the death of Susan Hiller this week. Susan was one of the brightest minds and most wonderful artists of our time, and it was a pleasure to work with her on the presentation of her retrospective exhibition here at The Model in 2014. Inspired by postcards, place-names, automatic writing and newspaper articles, Susan probed questions of memory, loss, the subconscious and the uncanny, in a practice she described as ‘paraconceptual’. Through her work, she shone a light on what else might be possible in this world. It was wonderful to be back in touch with Susan over recent months, and her poetic and poignant work, The Last Silent Movie, will be on view at The Model 9 Feb-14 April. We are all very pleased to be able to celebrate her remarkable contribution to the visual arts through its presentation.

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Emer McGarry

3 Jun. 2018

Deepest Condolences

The Model is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Seán McSweeney. Seán was a true artist and a beautiful soul. Time spent with him in his studio was inspirational and precious. Seán and his beloved wife Sheila were instrumental in the foundation of The Model, and they continued to be wonderful supporters of the organisation. We are fortunate to have several great examples of Seán’s work in The Niland Collection. Our deepest sympathy to Sheila, Orna, Colmán, Sally, Stephen, Tadhg, Hugh and all of Sean’s grandchildren and loved ones.

In this lovely piece of audio from 2011, Sean speaks about the work of Jack Butler Yeats:

Eileen Magner interview with Sean McSweeney and Emer McGarry

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9 Apr. 2014

Mark Garry; A Winter Light

We were absolutely delighted to get our hands on this month’s copy of Art Monthly to see the fantastic review of The Model’s current exhibition Mark Garry; A Winter Light.

“A Winter Light is ethereal, joyous and luminous with hope”. Of course we knew that already but it’s great to know that this esteemed magazine agrees:)

Read it in full in this month’s Art Monthly which you can pick up in The Model Bookshop or in our online shop here.

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Emer McGarry

5 Mar. 2014

Barrie Cooke

The Model Board and Staff are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Barrie Cooke. He was an exceptional artist who made an outstanding contribution to The Model during his time as a board member. He is remembered by all of us with great fondness and warmth. We are fortunate to hold the wonderful Knocknarea I, 2001 The Niland Collection.

We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to his family and to his many friends.

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Emer McGarry

15 Feb. 2014

Patrick Scott - golden boy of Irish art bows out

I was struck by the poetic sadness of the death of Patrick Scott yesterday on the eve of the opening of his retrospective at IMMA. It seemed as though he bowed out having seen through the completion of this major celebration of his life’s work. Patrick was a god-like figure in the Irish cultural world, and he left his creative stamp on many aspects of everyday life – from the orange and black seat covers on the old CIE trains to the unexpected beauty of Busaras’s mosaics.

Pat was also a towering figure in the visual art world and his influence on younger generations of artists is enormous. I was lucky enough to meet Pat a number of years ago and was overwhelmed when he told me that he loved what we do at The Model.

A number of beautiful examples of Pat’s work are held in our collection, my favorite of which is “Bog Sun, 1959”

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30 Aug. 2013

Seamus Heaney

We are all deeply saddened today to hear the news that Seamus Heaney has passed away.

It’s not often that one can say they’ve had the pleasure of spending an hour in the company of one of the legendary figures of Irish literature. However that honour was mine last year when Joe Cox of Sligo Yeats Society brought Seamus Heaney to The Model for a private tour of the Jack B Yeats collection.

Heaney was visibly moved by a number of Jack Yeats’ later works and I recall that he paid particular attention to Leaving the Far Point, 1947, a very personal work by Yeats that eloquently addresses mortality, death and the natural cycle of life. Heaney’s erudition was clear as he quoted lines and recounted anecdotes about the Yeats Family, particularly John Butler Yeats in whom he appeared to have a strong interest. However it was his humility that left the biggest impression on me as he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to see the collection.

Our sympathies go out to his wife Marie and his children.

Ar dheis go raibh a anam

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11 Apr. 2013

Another Jack B Yeats works returns to Sligo

In late 2011 a generous Danish collector gifted The Niland Collection an early Jack B Yeats watercolour. Political, 1898 was painted after Jack witnessed the centenary celebrations of the 1798 Rebellion here in Sligo. I was dispatched to his home in Denmark to meet with him and take possession of the work. During my visit he told me about his mother and how she had passed her great love of Jack B Yeats on to him Amongst his small collection of Yeats works I spotted an untitled painting which I recognised as the earliest surviving oil by Jack B Yeats. Being a huge Yeats fan I was immediately intrigued with the skillful brush work of this tiny painting. My Danish friend took it off the wall and after some time almost had to prise the work from my hands reminding me with a smile that I wasn’t getting that one

Almost a year to the day later, our generous benefactor phoned again and told me that after having considered things he had decided that we were going to get that one too. Bowled over by his generosity I arrived on his doorstep once more to pick up the latest addition to The Niland Collection. Now sadly in ill health he spoke movingly of his family history and his love of Yeats. I could see that these paintings were a tangible link between he and his long deceased Irish mother and the joy that he gained from these works over his lifetime was immense. We are honoured that he chose to send them “home to Sligo”.

Untitled, 1897 is on view at The Model until June.

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Emer McGarry

15 Mar. 2013

The Model is seeking interns

We currently have two vacancies for Administrative Assistants. One will be placed in our busy Marketing Dept and will learn how to promote our exciting programme of exhibitions, music, cinema, talks and workshops. The other will be placed at Front of House and will learn how to help the public navigate our building and access our programme.

If you want to gain experience working in a fast-paced, exciting and fun work place see the link below for more details. The placements are offered under the WPP scheme


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Emer McGarry

22 Feb. 2013

The Model seeks interns

The Model is currently seeking Interns to help support it’s Visual Art, Education, Film and Music programmes, as well as in the areas of Marketing and Customer Services. Internships will provide hands-on experience with in each particular area and interns will enjoy being part of a dynamic and fast-paced team dedicated to cutting edge artistic programming.

Internships are available for three, six and twelve month durations. To apply please send a CV and cover letter to annebucknell@themodel.ie or post to Anne Bucknell at The Model, The Mall, Sligo.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 15 March. Please note that Internships are unpaid positions.

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Emer McGarry

11 Feb. 2013

Office space to let for Sligo creatives

We currently have two spaces available to let here at The Model. The spaces are comfortable and economical, and are suitable for use as either office or studio space. They are particularly suited to creative industries but all applicants will be considered. more info is available from emermcgarry@themodel.ie.

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4 Nov. 2012

Goodbye Vienna, Hello Krems

A blog from Model Studio artist Sue Morris:
I am a visual artist, usually practising from the Model studios, Sligo, Ireland, but have temporarily relocated to take up an Artist`s Residency in Krems, Austria. I was awarded the residency/scholarship through an exchange programme with Custom House Studios, Westport and AIR Krems.
Armed with a case full of nests (more on that at a later date) and a large box of Barry`s teabags, I arrived in Vienna on the 25th October, a clear day with the promise of snow, and spent a week in the city to orientate myself and take in its wealth of art galleries, museums and cultural events, including the Viennale, the city’s annual international film festival.
From 1 November it was a case of goodbye Vienna, hello Krems, a town situated about 48 miles northwest of Vienna, and the start of my residency. AIR Krems is situated in the Factory, part of the Art Mile, alongside galleries, museums, cultural archives and centres of architecture and literature. Sandwiched between the Art Quarter and Krems University, is a sprawling prison complex, which makes for a strange juxtaposition and provokes thoughts on notions of freedom of choice, constriction and containment- ideas that reoccur in my own work.

There are five studio/apartments with international residencies running concurrently and across disciplines. The studios are bright, spacious, fully equipped – including a dishwasher and an ironing board! With a friendly and supportive staff on hand, the overriding aim is to provide time and space for artists to work on and realise their artistic projects.
After two days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and generally getting my bearings, its time now for some serious work…

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4 Sep. 2012

The Model is hiring

Two new positions are coming up at The Model. One offers the chance to work with our Front of House team in the management of a busy reception desk and all that goes with it. The other is as an operations assistant supporting our busy cinema programme. Both jobs require the successful candidates to work occasional Saturdays and Sundays. To apply or for full job specs please email me at emermcgarry@themodel.ie. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 11 Sept with interviews taking place on Thursday 13 Sept.

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1 Jun. 2012

Get involved with The Model!

Would you like to get involved in something new this summer?

Do you like entertainment, arts and culture? Do you have a couple of hours to spare in your week? If so The Model may have the perfect opportunity for you.

The Model is looking for people who have a few hours to spare each week to join our volunteer programme.

Volunteers working in the gallery, front of house and performance space are critical to the visitor’s experience at The Model.

Ideally Volunteers would commit to a four hour shift per week and for one year that will be scheduled to suit. Please discuss your availability with us.

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, visit The Model’s website www.themodel.ie, call Eve Hughes on (071) 914 1405 or email getinvolved@themodel.ie

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20 Apr. 2012

New Yeats for The Niland Collection

A few months back I wrote a blog about the donation of a very special work by Jack B Yeats, which came to The Niland Collection from a private collector in Copenhagen. The work, which dates from 1898, is one of the earliest of Jack’s small body of political works, the other early work being Robert Emmet at Carrignagat. Both works were painted after Jack witnessed the centenary celebrations of the 1798 rebellion, which were marked by the erection of the Teeling Monument in Collooney.

The blog created a bit of a stir and people were thrilled that this work had come back to Ireland and into a public collection. Some weeks later I was contacted by another private collector, this time based in Ireland, to say that they were the owner of Jack’s Robert Emmet painting and were willing to lend it to The Niland Collection on a long term loan. This was fantastic news as The Niland Collection is famous for holding Jack’s two political masterworks The Funeral of Harry Boland, 1922 and the much-loved Communicating with Prisoners, c.1924. The addition of Political, 1898 and now Robert Emmet at Carrignagat creates a body of political works within our Yeats’ collection and sheds new light on Jack’s move away from the sentimentality of his early work, to the more insightful social commentary of his middle-period works.

This summer these political works will be on view together for the first time, as part of our exhibition Yeats & Son, (12 May – 2 September) which celebrates the work of both Jack and his father the painter John Butler Yeats.

Don’t forget to cast your vote for Communicating with Prisoners in the race to find Ireland’s Favorite Painting here

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Emer McGarry

17 Apr. 2012

Ireland's Favorite Painting

The campaign to find Ireland’s Favorite Painting got underway in earnest last night with the screening of Masterpiece on RTE1 at 10.15. We are really excited here at The Model, with the inclusion of Jack B Yeats Communicating with Prisoners, 1922 from The Niland Collection. Jack is one of Ireland’s best loved painters of the twentieth century and this painting is one of a number of iconic scenes he painted during the civil war. We are particularly delighted to be the only regional collection to have a work represented in the top ten.

‘Communicating with Prisoners’ will be on view at The Model from May 12 as part of Yeats & Son, an exhibition that looks at the work of both Jack and his painter father John Butler Yeats.

Jack’s up against stiff competition with 9 other wonderful paintings in the running. If you love Jack B Yeats as much as we do then cast your vote here .

Jack B. Yeats, Communicating with Prisoners, Oil on canvas, 1924, © Dacs on behalf of the artist’s estate.

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23 Mar. 2012

Upcoming Model Cinema

As always The Model brings you the most exciting newly released cinema on offer, and the coming weeks are no exception. Our new double screenings (6.15 & 8.15pm) bring you twice the opportunity to see and enjoy a great selection of the latest movies.

Next Wednesday evening sees Martha Marcy May Marlene open at The Model. The film has been getting great reviews over the last few weeks and looks like a great choice for those of you who enjoy a good psychological thriller.

Other highlights over the coming weeks include “Margaret”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466893/, starring Anna Paquin as a New York teenager who witnesses a fatal accident and Stella Days, which is being hailed as an ‘Irish Cinema Paradiso’.

In April, a film that looks like it’s going to be visually stunning is Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna. The film is a reimagining of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles relocated to India. Always a fan of the book I know I can’t wait to see it.

Another film that looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun is This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn and fledgling Irish actress (and Bono’s daughter) Eve Hewson. The film, which was party shot in Dublin, traces a retired rock star sets out to find the ex-Nazi war criminal who executed his father. The film gets a nice review from Donald Clarke in today’s Irish Times.

Also coming soon are a few offerings for younger audiences. A special screening of The Gruffalo’s Child will take place on 1 April, and Ratatouille will be shown to mark the SO Sligo Food festival on Sunday 20th March.

For times and dates of all screenings check out our cinema page.

8 Feb. 2012

Shame opens tonight at The Model

Much has been written about visual artist, Steve McQueen’s latest feature film, Shame. The story of thirty something, New York, sex addict Brandon Sullivan, the film is an unflinching portrayal of the nature of addiction.

Shame has certainly been garnering a lot of media attention in recent weeks, most of which has been overwhelmingly positive. The film’s two leads Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, have been particularly singled out for their brilliant and brave performances

Shame has been described as raw, icily compulsive and the most provocative and compelling film of the year and it is certain to make riveting but possibly uncomfortable viewing.

Shame is showing at The Model from tonight at 8pm through to Sunday afternoon. Full cinema schedule is here

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27 Jan. 2012

The British Guide to Showing Off

A blog by Cathy Quinlan, front of house assistant and film fan

I have always been a fan dressing up and letting my hair down. There is nothing better than letting the constraints and restrictions of the modern world slip away, even if it is for a brief period of time. That is what life is all about. Taking your life in your hands and telling the world, I’m here and I’m not embarrassed to be me!

Of course there are days where this just isn’t as possible a mindset! But I plan to watch a movie called “The British Guide To Showing Off” coming soon to the Model. It is a story about a British Artist called Andrew Logan and his outrageous costume pageant: The Alternative Miss World Show.

Logan is “ringmaster” for the event and has said it to be his most important artwork of living sculpture since starting the pageant in 1972. The show is not about beauty but more about transformation, exploration and acceptance. The film is documentary style featuring live and archive footage as well as occasional animation and follows the events leading up to and including the 2009 show.

It is a film about the extrovert in all of us. About the people who let that extrovert out to have fun and throw caution to the wind. I personally love that idea.

As Logan states himself,
“It’s about creative free-reign, about the ordinary becoming extraordinary.”

The film is being screening at The Model Cinema from February . click here for details

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19 Dec. 2011

Huge range of art magazines on sale could make perfect stocking fillers

A blog by Eve MacSearraigh, Bookshop Assistant

They Say You Should Never Judge a Book by its Cover…

We are very happy to have the latest multi-colour, glossy (and not so!) art magazines in stock. Judging by their covers, these are on the cutting and slicing edge of their genre and there’s a wide variety of different styles and budgets…

At the high end, and described by Time Out, as “the best art publication by miles”, Parkett is high-quality. With its book-spined design, it is fully illustrated in colour; and self-described as “a large library and a small museum of contemporary art”. Beautifully presented, it’s definitely a keepsake.

Rooms Uncovered brings the latest from a global subculture, showcasing arresting artwork from hidden and not so hidden international artists and other creative thinkers. Image-heavy and surprisingly affordable at less than a fiver.

Art Forum is the fashion mag of the glossies with beautiful images
and reviews of best art of the year 2011. A great overview for the those hungry to know what’s going on out there, or event to argue their choices!

Since 1976, Art Monthly has consistently offered informed and highly readable coverage of the current art scene and is noted for its independence and the quality of its writing in features, reviews and editorials.

Kingbrown arrives as elusively as a street-artist in a New York subway in the 80’s. Produced by street artist YOK and illustrator-artist Ian Mutch, it captures the work of internationally acclaimed artists that use a variety of mediums.

Source continues to show arresting photographic reviews. I love it. While frieze with its still-life photographic issue is “insightful, intelligent and exquisitely designed”…. it “is the leading magazine in contemporary art and culture.”

Raw Vision, is as it says on the tin. It’s not glossy, it’s raw and it’s real.

Cabinet, provided the perfect Christmas present for family member. This issue is entitled Forensics, but as I look it through it I wonder is it really me who wants it, rather than he? Enough writing; I just want to read and be absorbed…

Eve MacSearraigh
Bookshop Assistant

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8 Dec. 2011

Amazing Christmas Gifts for Lovers of the Arts at The Model

The Model is delighted to announce a range of fantastic Christmas Gift vouchers for fans of art, cinema, music and comedy.

For just €100 you can purchase a cinema ticket for all of 2012. Yes, you read that correctly – that’s entry to up to 40 screenings throughout the year from just €2.50 per screening! The Model Cinema specialises in first-run independent and world cinema and has a diverse programme with something for every film lover out there. Highlights for 2012 are The Artist and the critically acclaimed new film from Steve McQueen Shame

Another great deal for lovers of the arts are our range of Model Vouchers. Incredibly we are selling these vouchers for below face value so for just €20 a voucher for €25 can be yours, €40 will get you a €55 voucher and best of all just €65 will get you a voucher for €100!

The vouchers are available now and can be used to purchase books, magazine and tickets for our comedy, music and film programmes.

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27 Sep. 2011

Copenhagen art update

While in Copenhagen to pick up a new donation to The Niland Collection. I take the opportunity to check out this lively city’s art scene.

My guide for the morning is Hannah Heilmann, a native Copenhagener, who kindly opens an exhibition in an artist-run gallery she’s work with just for me. The exhibition space is in a newly built, though not very attractive, shopping centre in the heart of the laid back area of Vesterbro. Called the Toves Galleri Vesterbro Contemporary Workout Space because the unit was initially used a gym, it’s a space where artists can work in an experimental way and make and exhibit work collectively or individually.

From there we head to New Carlsberg and a complex devoted to contemporary art. Housed in a disused garage on the site of the old Carlsberg brewery, artist run spaces and commercial galleries enjoy subsidised rent from the owners of the site. At IMO Projects, a new artist-led gallery space, gallerist Toke Lykkeberg gives me a tour of their current exhibition by Danish collective A Kassen. The centerpiece of the exhibition is an enormous street lamp which looks like it has literally been felled like a tree and dragged into the gallery. Toke tells me that this show is actually pretty tame for A Kassen – a previous exhibition involved a light aircraft and removing the roof from a gallery in collaboration with an architect!

In addition to their main gallery, IMO have a fascinating second space called Phonebox. The space is actually that – a disused phonebox, so small that only one person can experience the work shown there at any given time. Phonebox is currently showing a mixed media piece by Christian Jeppsson exploring the little know world of Phreaking, an early form of hacking named after the words phone and freak. Toke tells me that Phonebox has been used for audio and text works so far but they plan to present film and other media in the future. Phonebox certainly proves that enormous spaces aren’t vital to presenting interesting and thought-provoking art projects.

Later I head over to the galleries of the up market area of Bredgade Street, where David Risley talks me through the current show at his own gallery. He’s presenting an amazing English artist called Robert McNally whose stunningly detailed, large-scale drawings pull me in to a darkly surreal world. The title of the show Shotgun in’t mouth, brains on’t wall, initially suggests a suicidal tendency, but what McNally is really getting at here is the way in which artists have to ransack their imaginations as the clock ticks ever closer to their next exhibition opening. The resulting work is both compelling and technically astounding.

Sadly my next stop is the airport and as I head for home I’m wishing for just a bit more time to explore the vibrant galleries and alternative spaces of this cool city.

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27 Sep. 2011

New Acquisition for The Niland Collection

Several years ago I took a phone call from a gentleman with a European accent that I couldn’t immediately put my finger on. He was calling to say that he wanted to leave The Niland Collection a Jack B Yeats painting in his will. I thanked him enormously and said that, although this was an incredibly generous offer, I hoped it would be a long, long time before the painting actually arrived in Sligo and we said goodbye.

A couple of months back, as our major Jack B. Yeats retrospective, The Outsider, came to a close, I received another phone call from the same man. This time he announced that because The Outsider had been such a success, he wanted the painting to, as he put it “go home to Sligo” sooner rather than later. And so I found myself last week at his house on the edge of Copenhagen to take possession of the work.

The watercolour is an early political work painted by Yeats in 1898, just after the young artist witnessed the centenary celebrations of the 1798 Rebellion. Jack had been on a visit back to Sligo when, to mark the centenary, The Teeling Monument was erected at Collooney. The pomp and circumstance of the event surely struck a cord with Jack who loved the drama of Sligo life. However the more serious concern of Ireland’s nationhood, that this event brought to the fore, also impacted on Jack. From this time onwards he became more convinced of the Sinn Fein cause, and went on to paint several, more overtly political works throughout the 1910s and ‘20s. For that reason this painting, entitled simply Political, 1898 is an important early work, marking as it does, a turning point in Jack’s subject matter. Political makes a fantastic addition to The Niland Collection and relates very well to the existing holding especially to works such as A Political Meeting, 1905, The Funeral of Harry Boland, 1922, and Communicating with Prisoners, 1924, which viewed together show the development of Jack’s political subject matter.

During my visit, the donor explained that he had inherited his love of Yeats from his Irish mother, and showed me several other paintings by Jack that she had gathered. One work in particular stood out. A closer examination revealed it to be the earliest known oil painting by Jack, dating from 1897. Yeats would have been just 26 years of age at the time and it would be 13 more years before he began to work permanently and confidently in oils. For me it was a great treat to see an oil work by Yeats that predates even his watercolour period (1898-1910). My anonymous friend must have seen my face light up, as with a twinkle in his eye, he swiftly took it back from my hands saying ‘but you’re not getting that one’.

Political, 1898, which he has very generously donated to The Niland Collection is certainly just as special and will be on view in the next Niland Collection exhibition Ireland in the Twentieth Century, which opens on 8 October.

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