2 May. 2017

Café Manager - Job Advertisment

The Model is looking for a dynamic manager to take over the day to day operation of our successful cafe at The Model.

This is a full-time position and our ideal candidate will have:

Previous experience in a similar venture at supervisor/management level

A can-do attitude with a strong ability to work under their own supervision to achieve the goals set out by the management at The Model

A good working knowledge of Food and Beverage service

An ability to work with and train other coffee shop staff and to work as part of the overall team at The Model

Please apply with CV, and a cover letter to frontofhouse@themodel.ie by Friday 12 May.

Job Duties include:

• Operating the till, and balancing it on a daily basis

• Keeping accurate time sheets daily

• Assisting with ordering supplies, locally where possible

• Checking that orders have been correctly delivered and charged for

• Serving customers in a pleasant and courteous manner

• Cleaning the kitchen, café area and café toilets in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations and Guidance

• Keeping cleaning and temperature records

• Undertaking the preparation of the food and beverages served in the café

• Clearing tables

• Washing up

• Reporting maintenance issues to the Specific Manager

• Ensuring that any risk assessments are complied with

• Working as part of the team at The Model to create an overall great experience

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14 Oct. 2016

Beneath the Air II: Glow (playlist)

To mark the second show of ‘Beneath The Air,’ The Model’s new curated music series, Edel Doherty has compiled a playlist of songs that stem from the musical vein of the bands involved in the series.

All the bands and artists featured in this playlist hail from both sides of the border, so think of this as your informal introduction to Ireland’s diverse musical scene.

Featuring both Nocturnes and The Darkling Air, this Saturday’s co-headliners, the playlist will provide you with a taster of what ‘Beneath the Air’ has to offer. So sit back, plug in and enjoy rich folk, dark experimental soundscapes and and an oh so beautiful myriad of voices.

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29 Sep. 2016

Beneath the Air: Light and Dark (playlist)

Beneath the Air is a new music series taking place in The Model curated by two local independent record labels Bluestack Records and Art for Blind Records. Showcasing emerging artists from the island of Ireland, the series will commence with The Altered Hours from Cork and Belfast’s Sea Pinks this Saturday 1 October. These two bands represent the vibrance of Irelands diy music scene each having released LPs and singles and toured extensively across Ireland and Europe.

The Altered Hours are a five-piece based in Cork, their music evokes dark psych/shoegaze and elements of post-punk. They arrive in Sligo in what has been their busiest period in the band’s life; they released their debut LP “In Heat Not Sorry” in January on Art for Blind/Penske and then embarked on an extensive tour of Ireland, UK and Europe. They then hit the road again over the summer taking in many of the country’s top festival’s including Body & Soul, Castlepalooza and Electric Picnic. Internationally they have played at Lisbon Psych Fest, Cosmosis Manchester and Liverpool Psych Fest.

Co-headlining are Sea Pinks, the solo project of Neil Brogan, which he started while he was the drummer in Girls Names and then morphed into a it’s own entity with a full line-up of three having been joined by Davey Agnew on drums and Steven Henry on bass. Sea Pinks create jangly fuzz pop with a nostalgic edge and have been likened to “The Go-Betweens if they were born in a colder climate” (Clash magazine). Sea Pinks have released five full-length LPs and various singles and EPs on Brogan’s own imprint CF Records.

So as to whet your appetite for Saturday night, we here at The Model have collated a playlist for you to bang out of your stereo… or computer speakers! Featuring tracks from both The Altered Hours and Sea Pinks and veritable rag-tag ensemble of similar Irish and international acts of today and yesteryear including Girls Names, So Cow, Twinkranes, Singapore Sling, My Bloody Valentine and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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29 Jan. 2016

Interview with artist Bart Lodewijks.

Please see this video by grammar student Fiachra Gallagher Lawson, featuring an interview with artist Bart Lodewijks at The Model on his residency at The Model in 2015.

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19 Jan. 2016

Bart Lodewijks brings new exhibition to The Model

The Model Drawing / Unforgettable Neighbourhoods

*Symposium: Drawing as a form of social action Saturday 30 January, 12 – 4.30pm
Opening Reception Saturday 30 January 4.30pm*

The Model will open a unique exhibition featuring Dutch artist Bart Lodewijks on 30 January on view until 27 March. The Model Drawing / Unforgettable Neighbourhoods will showcase Lodewijks’s three-year drawing project in the Sligo neighbourhoods of Doorly Park, Riverside and Garavogue Villas as well as similar projects released in cities around the world since 2000. The exhibition includes chalk drawings, which stretch across the gallery walls, and images from the artist’s archive are reprinted in the form of a free limited edition newspaper. Several films on the artist’s work are presented by filmmakers Griet Teck, Robbrecht Desmet, Gunter Blokken and photographer Huig Barteis.

Born in 1972, Bart Lodewijks makes chalk drawings in public and private spaces in urban environments and writes about the process. Drawings and texts come together in publications, made in collaboration with independent art publisher ROMA Publications.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, The Model will present a symposium. Artist and lecturer Ronnie Hughes will chair an afternoon of talks, film, discussions and actions, followed by a presentation of the book Sligo Drawings, a guided tour of the exhibition led by Philippe Van Cauteran in conversation with Bart Lodewijks and the curators. The unveiling of a new permanent chalk drawing in The Model atrium space will follow this at the official opening at 4.30pm.
€15/€10 (Including lunch by Sligo Global Kitchen)
All welcome.
Bookings can be made at www.themodel.ie/exhibitions/symposium

A publication of images and texts by Lodewijks will accompany the exhibition published by The Model and ROMA Publications.

Curated by Marie Louise Blaney and Danielle van Zuijlen.

This project is made possible by the generous support of The Community Foundation of Ireland and Mondriaan Fund, The Netherland.

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6 Jan. 2016

New Season of Cinema

The Model is delighted to announce a new season of film at The Model Cinema in partnership with Sligo Film Society.

Running each and every Thursday from this week through to April, The Model is delighted to present its spring programme of the very best in international and independent cinema in partnership with Sligo Film Society. Membership and tickets for individual screenings are available through Sligo Film Society from 7.30 pm prior to each screening.

The Gallery Café is open late on Thursday evenings serving treats, a selection of wine, beers and alternative refreshments.

This Thursday’s screening is Tangerines.

Dir: Zara Urushadze, Estinia, Georgia, 2013
89 mins
Language: Estonian
Starring: Starring Lembit Ulfsak, Giorgi Nakashidze, Elmo Nuganen, Mikhael Meskhi

Set during the brutal 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, this humanistic story follows elderly Estonian farmer Ivo nursing two injured men from opposite sides, in his small farmhouse. As both men recover, and Ivo remains stoically neutral, we observe this brilliant examination of conflict & humanity.

Full list of screenings at The Model Cinema:

Thu. 07 Jan. 8pm Tangerines
Thu. 14 Jan. 8pm 99 Homes
Thu. 21 Jan. 8pm In the Courtyard
Thu. 28 Jan. 8pm Mistress America
Thu. 04 Feb. 8pm My Skinny Sister
Thu. 11 Feb. 8pm Sunset Song
Thu. 18 Feb. 8pm Taxi Tehran
Thu. 25 Feb. 8pm Qual d’Orsay
Thu. 03 Mar. 8pm Miss Julie
Thu. 10 Mar. 8pm The Assassin
Thu. 24 Mar. 8pm The Grump
Thu. 31 Mar. 8pm Youth
Thu. 07 Apr. 8pm Chronic
Thu. 14 Apr. 8pm Rams

Further information on The Model Cinema can be viewed online at www.themodel.ie

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8 Sep. 2015

Culture Night at The Model, Friday 18 September, 3pm to 11pm

Friday, 18 September, 3pm – 11pm, FREE
Culture Night Sligo provides a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to participate and experience in fun and exciting artistic events.

Ceardlanna Rithima le Rossa O’Snodaigh, 3 – 5pm (G)
For the first time The Model presents a programme for Irish Language Culture Night with a range of events suitable for every member of the family. Our Rhythm Workshop with Rossa Ó’Snodaigh from Kíla will give children of all ages the opportunity to learn about over 16 unusual instruments from strings to percussion.

Guided Tours (G)
Very special, interactive guided tours of The Niland Collection will take place in both Irish and English throughout the evening.
Irish Language Tour 5pm
English Language Tour 6pm

Robert Jarvis aroundNorth
Workshop 15 – 18 years, 4.30 – 6pm
Performance 8 – 11pm
The Model is delighted to present a very special sound art performance with Robert Jarvis. As the Earth spins on its axis, and day becomes night becomes day, our view on the near universe changes as seen by the changing positions of the stars in the sky. aroundNorth offers listeners the opportunity to hear this phenomenon in real time. As stars cross equally spaced virtual lines emanating from Celestial North Pole, their sound is heard corresponding to their position in the sky, size, distance from Earth, brightness and temperature, creating a mesmerising sound map of the universe as viewed by our turning planet. If the stars were a musical instrument, how would they sound?

From 4.30 – 6pm Robert Jarvis will conduct a workshop with teenagers aged between 15-18 years. They will discuss the installation’s creation and consider through various exercises, the scope of the astronomical challenge. Participants will be encouraged to bring musical instruments so that they can create their own version of the installation.

Open Studios 5 – 9pm
Culture Night presents a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to visit the studios of the artists who work everyday at The Model. There audiences can meet the artists, view their work and discuss their individual artistic practices.

Irish Language Film Shorts 6 – 9pm
A selection wonderful Irish language films with themes ranging from love to comedy. A unique cinematic experience. Titles included: Rúbaí, Beirt le Chéile, Rince, Céad Ghrá, Cáca Milis (starring Brendan Gleeson), El Toro agus Yu Ming is ainm dom.

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3 Sep. 2015

Volunteer Open House

We’d like to invite you to our Volunteer Open House on Thursday 10 September, 4 – 6pm. Our Open House will showcase exciting new volunteering opportunities as we re-launch our Volunteer programme. Members of our staff and volunteer team will engage and share their experience of participating in an artistically vibrant and diverse arts centre. We are committed to providing you with a fulfilling and worthwhile volunteering experience, whether your interests lie in events, tour guiding, education etc… Free refreshments are also available. Further details of the roles can be found on http://www.volunteersligo.ie/ from Tuesday 01 September.
For more info contact: getinvolved@themodel.ie or come join us on the day.

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21 Aug. 2015

Psychic Lighthouse Closing Event Invitation

You are invited to particpate in a site-specific event that marks the closing of Psychic Lighthouse on Sunday, 30th August 2015, 7.30pm.

*As places are strictly limited, we ask that you R.S.V.P. to imeldaryanjones@themodel.ie

Please wear clothes that are suitable for the outdoors and footwear suitable for rough and potentially wet terrain.

Meeting point: The Model Reception at 7.30pm

Special thanks to AVA Systems Limited for their support of this event.

Click here to view full invitation

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30 Jul. 2015

Family Fleadh at The Model

The Model is delighted to welcome back Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Sligo where the focus is on a family friendly fleadh with a range of fun performances, screenings and workshops for children and families.

A special Informal Music Afternoon curated by Seamie O’Dowd kicks off the week long of events at The Model on Sunday August 9th from 1 to 3pm. As always with IMA, audiences can expect a mixture of classical and baroque music with a special focus on Irish composers and a healthy infusion of traditional music in honour of the fleadh. Tickets are €5 and children go free for the afternoon of music in the warm and bright environs of The Model Atrium.

Next up The Model will present selected highlights from the IFI Family film festival in association with the IFI and Access cinema. There will be a range of screenings and a createschool workshop for ages 8 to 12 where will work creatively, using new media technologies, to storyboard, script, film and produce their own trailer.

An Cosan Glas return following their series of sell out workshops at the fleadh in 2014. As Gaeilge, participants will make their own illuminated lanterns to take home or exhibit in The Model. Participants can join a one-day workshop or come back a second day and join in the fun of making larger installations.

At the weekend families can enjoy a mini céili suitable for all ages. Learn how to céili dance in a fun-filled environment on the afternoon of Friday August 14th. Join us for a family concert with Kíla on Saturday August 15th- an outstanding Irish band who play an exciting fusion of Irish and Eastern European music. Don’t miss their wonderfully interactive and eclectic music, which is simply brimming with energy and vitality.

Finally we have street theatre with Ouch Entertainment’s ‘Hot Potato’ – an outdoor spectacle featuring circus, theatre and potatoes! Join us for this utterly ridiculous and very funny celebration of some of the important features of our Irish heritage including Peig Sayers and the potato. Suitable for all ages.

For more information or to book any of our family events at The Model, please see www.themodel.ie or phone 071 -9141405

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5 Apr. 2015

Carmen Papalia and Kristen Lantz

Artists-in-residence Carmen Papalia and Kristen Lantz are here at the B.R.A to conduct a series of workshops. Check out what their plans are and feel free to come along to participate!

Tuesday, April 7 – Accessibility Auditing workshop with Carmen
13:00 – 17:00
Open to 15 participants, including Model staff & community members. Feel free to invite your family members, friends and community partners—all ages, embodiments, identities and learning styles are welcome! We’ll be discussing open models for access and will conduct an audit of the Model based on our subjective perceptions regarding what is accessible.

Wednesday, April 8 – “Redistributing your Access” talk & workshop
introduction with Kristin
15:00 – 17:00
Kristin will be sharing the work she has done in the past, the work that informs her practice and what she is currently up to in Vancouver. She will finish by proposing her project for her remaining time in residence—in which she will support staff in redistributing their
institutional access to a community member in a mutual exchange.

Thursday, April 9 – “Redistributing your Access” workshop with Kristin
14:00 – 17:00
Kristin will kick off this session by inviting Portland-based friends Travis Neel and Erin Charpentier to lead an exercise about collaborating with community from their Social Practice Workbook. The second half of this session will focus on the task of mapping your institutional access and identifying collaborators with whom to conduct an exchange.

Friday, April 10 – Individual “Redistributing your Access” project
check-in time with Kristin
10:00 – 17:00
Kristin will be scheduling one-on-one meetings with staff to support them in developing their exchange with a community member.

Monday, April 13 – installing statements from auditing workshop with
Carmen & Kristin
10:00 – 17:00
Write your sentiments on gallery walls and other related spaces with curatorial support from Carmen & Kristin.

Tuesday, April 14 – sharing & goodbye meeting with Carmen & Kristin
15:00 – 17:00

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3 Mar. 2014

The Model seeks new Artistic Director


The Model is now looking for a dynamic Artistic Director who will lead the Model into its next phase of development to create a leading arts institution of national and international significance while developing artistic engagement with communities in Sligo.

The Artistic Director will define and implement the strategic vision for the organisation and, in collaboration with the Model team will devise and oversee the Model’s programme. They will also be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Model and ensuring that the organisation is run to high professional standards.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of innovative programming in the visual arts as well as the necessary expertise to lead and manage a dynamic organisation of this nature.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience

Application are invited, detailing qualifications and experience and should be marked “Director Application” and made to:

Chairperson
Model Arts and Niland Gallery
The Mall
Sligo

A job spec can be requested from the email chair@themodel.ie

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date for applications is Friday 14 March at 5pm.

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23 Mar. 2010

Opportunities

The Model reopened in May 2010 with expanded facilities and gallery space, a cinema, a renowned art collection and a superb programme of visual, music and education events. Extending the building by a third in size to create a world-class visitor centre, The Model is one of Ireland’s most unique cultural spaces. A number of opportunities at The Model have arisen due to the expansion.

See available positions

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4 Mar. 2010

New Website!

The Model is pleased to announce the launch of its new website and identity. We are currently in the process of moving and uploading content to this new site, so we’d encourage you to check back often for new information on upcoming programming and more.

The Model will re-open on Saturday 1st May with an exciting new exhibition called DORM- more on that very soon. We will also be previewing sections of the building for the Sligo New Music Festival on 16th – 18th April. You can find full information on the concerts for this festival on this site.

In the meantime, we will be maintaining our existing Wordpress blog. We’re honoured to have been nominated as one of the best Arts and Culture blogs at the Irish Blog Awards, this year. Once the awards take place on 27th March we will move our blog over to this page, so be sure to bookmark it.

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2 Feb. 2010

Lara, Jack B. Yeats, and a wintery night in Mayo

Jack B. Yeats, Sea and Lighthouse, 1949, Oil On Board, The Niland Collection The Estate of Jack B. Yeats 2005. All rights reserved DACS

Lara Byrne, Assistant Curator at The Model, recently brought a tour of forty people around the Jack B. Yeats' exhibition ' Jack B. Yeats and the west of Ireland' currently on show in the Ballina Arts Centre in County Mayo. Below she blogs about her first experience on tour since 2007.

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I didn’t get on the road until 5.30pm and had to be in Ballina to give a tour on an exhibition, Jack B. Yeats & The West of Ireland (drawn from the Niland Collection) in the Ballina Arts Centre at seven - the only thing was the weather was pretty desperate, squalling wind and rain, making the drive down pretty hairy. I found their temporary quarters in the Ballina Civic Centre 10 minutes before kick off. Like The Model, they are are going through a major re-development, which includes a brand new extension to their existing premises on Barrett Street, with dance studios, an extra gallery and a 250 seat theatre. While they are at the beginning of their new works, which will be ready in a year, we at The Model are nearly finished, with doors opening to the public in the next two months.

I hadn’t done a tour of the Yeats paintings from The Niland Collection in two years, so the evening before I had a quick recap over my notes and a flick through the world expert on Yeats; Hilary Pyle - a hefty 3 volume tome on Yeats. I had twenty-three paintings to talk about, all drawn from The Niland Collection which I know well, but with only one slight hitch, I didn’t know how they were going to be arranged in the gallery space. So with 10 minutes to spare before the talk (thanks to the weather) I had just enough time for a quick chat with the director, Sean Walsh and a speedy run through the hang. All the old favourites were there with a really nice cross section of Yeats' work on display, from his earliest pen & ink illustrations, through his watercolours and his late work- the boldly painted oil paintings.

About forty interested members of the public had got into their cars on a horrible winters’ evening to come to the tour, I was delighted with the turn out and it was great to see the genuine love that the people of Mayo have for Jack B. Yeats life and work.

After the introductions, I started with a late oil painting that Yeats had presented to Sligo County Council in 1954, which also happens to be one of my personal favourites, Leaving Far Rosses. My reasoning for beginning the tour with such a late work was because its shows Jack walking the beach in Rosses Point, wearing his distinctive broad-brimmed hat, in the company of his beloved wife, Cottie and his favourite Uncle, George Pollexfen. This painting had a special resonances with Yeats, as he had given this painting to his wife as a birthday present the year before she died in 1947. Also his uncle George had died in 1910, so this painting was probably a memory of the last time the three of them were together on a blustery day in Sligo. Also this was a really good painting to start with, as I could give the background of The Niland Collection and describe how, through Nora Niland’s sheer indefatiable energy, the Collection had come into genesis.

It was during the early 1900s that Jack's paintings were to become peopled with entertainers, clowns, folk from travelling fairs, street sellers and race meetings, all inspired from his travels with the playwright and writer John Millington Synge. Both men had been commissioned by ‘The Manchester Guardian’ (now just The Guardian) in the Summer of 1905 to report on the congested districts in the west of Ireland. They travelled from Connemara to Clifden and then took the Long Car, (horse drawn carriages brought in by Bianconi) onto Belmullet and finally to Swinford. He always looked back on this time in his life with great affection — and had created an invaluable archive of sketchbooks, a visual diary, which he was to draw on for the rest of his life.

Looking around the room, those figures were all there, from the street seller in Market Day, the entertainers in Singing ‘The Beautiful Picture’, The Singing Clown (Johnny Patterson singing ‘Bridget O’Donoghue’), and the horses and the distinctive Yeatsian figures in The Strand Races, He Wins, White Shower and Crest of the Hill. All of these people would have summed up for Jack that unquantifiable ‘western spirit’.

I finished the tour with The Sea and the Lighthouse, a sad but beautiful oil painting, Jack using that dark indigo blue that he used so much in his late oils — painted the year died Cottie died — it shows a lone figure, that same broad brimmed hat, held this time, in his hand by his side, gazing out to sea. A dark cloud looms head, but to the left of the picture, a beam of light is breaking through. Jack lived for another 10 years after Cottie, they never had any children and possibly because Jack’s obsession with his painting life, he never took on any pupils, although he gave painting advice to his niece Anne Yeats, who cared for his archive after his death.

In the last few years of his life, he lived in Portobello Nursing Home in Dublin and had stopped painting. As he said himself, he had painted everything he had needed too. During this time, he was visited by his artist-friend Oscar Kokoshcha and a young John Berger. Also a young trainee doctor, Brian O’Doherty, took to visiting him and they became close friends before Jack died. Brian went on to become an important figure on the Irish and International art scene and in July of this year Brian is to co-curate the major Yeats show at The Model.

The feedback from the tour was great and afterwards I was talking to one man-although I didn’t catch his name - who told me a lovely story about a friend of his who was a traveling entertainer and had owned a trunk full of his tricks of the trade. This trunk was painted with scenes by Jack B Yeats and although it has long since disappeared, his friend reckons he would be a wealthy man if he still had it.

After the show I managed to get some late night food in Dillons, a sweet little pub set within a courtyard, with a wrought iron Victorian stairs and balcony outside. In no time I was back on the road to Sligo where the weather had softened so the drive back was less as traumatic, especially with a head filled with Yeats paintings. I can’t wait for the July exhibition in The Model, with its promise of the some of the late great paintings by the man himself. roll on the Summer.

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This July, The Model will be opening a major Jack B. Yeats retrospective at the new Model building. In the meantime, take a visit to the Ballina Arts Centre to quench that Yeatsian thirst.

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2 Feb. 2010

Model staff recieve Volunteer Certificates

Certificates presented at Sligo Volunteer Centre

The Model has recently launched a major volunteer scheme as we prepare for the reopening of the new Model building later this spring. We are looking for enthusiastic people with an interest in the arts, and who have a few hours spare every week.

To support this scheme, two members of our staff at The Model Emer Marron and Marian Dunleavey recently participated in Volunteer Management Training at the Volunteer Centre.

Sligo Volunteer Centre presented certificates on Friday last to the participants who successfully completed the Volunteer Management Training. Volunteer Management Training is an initiative being rolled out around Ireland to support local community organisations that have, or hope to have, volunteers involved with their groups in their community. The training helps managers, coordinators and volunteers to have in place structures that enable volunteers and organisations get the best out of the time they spend together. Marian Harkin MEP presented the certificates to the participants.

To Get Involved with the Model's Volunteer Scheme please contact Marian by email, or by phone on 071 91 41405.

Sligo Volunteer Centre are available to discuss volunteering with any interested party at 0719111042 or email info@volunteersligo.ie.

Read the full article in the Sligo Champion

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22 Jan. 2010

Reasons to be cheerful

Thanks to the good folks over at Media Express, today marks 'Good News Friday' so we've decided to share with our readers some of our good news to kickstart your weekend. The sole purpose of Good News Friday is to harness the power of positive thinking to counteract the current gloom. In the midst of the recession many positive news stories are completely ignored because there is so much bad news about.

  1. The Model is reopening later this Spring, following an extensive redevelopment phase providing 65+ construction jobs in Sligo.
  2. There are a number of opportunities for artists and creative businesses to rent studios to help us turn The Model into a creative hub.
  3. Gavin Bryars has been confirmed as part of the line up of this years Sligo New Music Festival at The Model on April 16th-18th.
  4. After re-opening, The Model will also commence an international cinema programme in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute. This programme will bring first run, award-winning films from around the world to Sligo.
  5. We've just launched our Volunteer Scheme; we're looking for enthusiastic people looking to keep busy, learn new skills working in the arts, and join us in one of the most exciting phases in the history of The Model.
  6. Our new website is underway, direct your browsers to www.themodel.ie and stay tuned over the next few weeks as we roll out the new look.
  7. It's sunny outside!
  8. It's also the weekend!

Share your good news with us below. Bon Weekend!

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22 Jan. 2010

Get involved at The Model

Would you like to be involved in something new this year? Do you like entertainment, arts and culture? Do you have an hour or two to spare in your week? If so The Model may have the perfect opportunity for you. The Model will reopen later this spring in the heart of Sligo town.

As the Northwest’s flagship arts centre, the new Model will house Sligo’s world class Niland Collection, which includes many wonderful works by Jack B. Yeats, new contemporary galleries and a performance space programming cinema, music and comedy events.

The Model is looking for enthusiastic people who have a few hours to spare each week to join their 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.

Download the Volunteer Application Form

For further information email Marion or call The Model on 071 9141405.

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20 Jan. 2010

Gavin Bryars in Sligo for New Music Festival this april

Gavin Bryars In studio, Metchosin BC, Canada

Gavin Bryars In studio, Metchosin BC, Canada

We're delighted to announce details of the Sligo New Music Festival 2010, which returns to The Model from 16th — 18th April with the early, ground-breaking music of Gavin Bryars, including his classic works The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, After the Requiem and Between The National and the Bristol. The festival also coincides with Ireland's first National Music Day.

It's really worth clicking on the links to read about Titanic and Jesus' Blood in particular; great stories inspire them both. Jesus Blood has been on repeat in our offices for months now. Stunning. We're also thrilled that Gavin Bryars has accepted our invitation to attend the festival and he will be in Sligo for the weekend, conducting at least one discussion about his work over the course of the festival. Bryars’ long-term collaborators the Smith Quartet will be the guest ensemble for the festival, coming to Sligo from London for the performances.

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Leading Irish improvising duo Morla — saxophonist Sen g and guitarist Simon Jermyn — will provide another counterpoint to the programme. Performing alongside the Smiths for Bryars’ Jesus Blood, Morla and the Smiths will also perform a major new work for sextet composed by the duo. The video below is taken from a recent performance in Dublin's St. Audon's church for note productions.

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The festival is also proud to present the world premiere of a new work for electric guitar and string quartet by leading Northern Irish composer Frank Lyons, and additionally will present work from Donnacha Dennehy (Stamp!) and Alfred Schnittke: String Quartet No. 3. You can watcha video of The Smith's performing Stamp! at Liverpool 2008 right here>

or here- about 4mins in:

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The Model (previously The Model Arts and Niland Gallery) has been closed for two years for an ambitious extension and redevelopment project, which has seen the creation of a new, purpose-built performance space, new studios and galleries and a new entrance for the impressive arts and cultural centre. It seems likely that the New Music Festival will provide visitors with their first opportunity to preview the impressive new building.

Championed for offering such a rich and diverse programme of contemporary music each year, the Sligo New Music Festival, produced by The Model and curated by Ian Wilson, has been one of the highlights of the Irish contemporary music calendar since its inception in 2002. An offsite, one-day format for the festival was experimented with during the closure in 2008, and 2010 sees the festival making a welcome return to The Model, and to its popular full weekend format.

“The day's performances. were a model of what the presentation of such challenging music needs to achieve - a sense of absolute identity with the composer's wishes.”-The Irish Times

The Sligo New Music Festival provides audiences with access to some of the best contemporary music from around the world. Created as a composer-orientated event that focuses each year on the work of one, or two, key composers. Their work is programmed alongside new works from Irish composers and the festival seeks to premiere new works where possible. The SNMF then invites top-quality performing ensembles to Ireland who are best placed to present the work of the Festival’s featured composer(s), who then perform alongside leading Irish musicians thus fostering a musical exchange that lasts beyond the festival events themselves.

This couple of days of the Festival that I attended presented a challenging collection of music, all in excellent performances I hope this excellent example (thanks to Festival director Ian Wilson) can be copied elsewhere. - Andrew Toovey - Classical Source

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Programme

Here's a first peek at the programme. further events are to be added, and the final programme may change (slightly) from the below so consider all times tbc.

Friday 16th April, 8.30pm - €20/18

Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic (25’) SQ

Dennehy: Stamp! (6’) SQ

INTERVAL

Morla: improvised set MO

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Saturday 17th April, 1pm - €15/12

Bryars: Between the National and the Bristol (19’) SQ

Bryars: After the Requiem (16’) SJ + SQ

Bryars: Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet (25’) SQ + MO

Saturday 17th April, 8.30pm - €15/12

Frank Lyons: New Work for e-guitar and string quartet (15’) SJ + SQ

Schnittke: String Quartet No. 3 (16’)

INTERVAL

Morla: New Work for Morla and string quartet (35-40’) MO + SQ

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Sunday 18 April, 12.30pm - €12/10

Sen g: Sacred Chants (40’) SO

SQ = Smith Quartet; MO = Morla; SJ = Simon Jermyn; SO = Sen g

Tickets on Sale from Monday 1st February. Call The Model on 071-914 1405 or email tickets@modelart.ie. All tickets purchased in advance can be done so at the concession price, the full price will apply on the door. Tickets for 2 or more concerts may also avail of the concession price on all concerts, either in advance or on the door.

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19 Jan. 2010

Touch the Sky update

In late November 2009, Touch the Sky performance group invited the Northern Irish arts and disability group Stravaganza to a collage party in late November, hosted at the Reverse Pedagogy exhibition, The Model Satellite. Touch The Sky is a unique collaboration between The Model and RehabCare Sligo, and are currently engaging in a cross-border arts initiative under the Peace III funding programme. The party was facilitated by artists Mark Garry and Karl Burke.

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Read more about the Collage party here>

Last Autumn Touch the Sky participated in a series of workshops which focused the group on their understanding of Northern Ireland, past and present. Together with Artistic Director Declan Drohon, they focused on what the term 'cross border' meant to them , and how they could possibl interpret their ideas through performance. These workshops were planned as a precursor to the first corss border collage party, to be held in November at The Model Satellite with the Stravaganza arts group from Derry.

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19 Jan. 2010

young model present The Interview at the Young Ensembles Showcase

Last week young model were invited to a feedback and showcase day on Saturday where all recipients of the Young Ensemble Award Scheme 2009 in the country attended. Below, Young model curator Linda Hayden, and the young model team discuss the trip to Dublin and their experience at Exchange.

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We took the 7am train from Sligo and arrived at Exchange Dublin, Collective Arts Centre Temple Bar for 10.30am. Exchange Dublin were our host for the day they also received the Youth Ensemble Scheme from the Arts Council for their innovative collective arts centre which is an arts collective run entirely by young people where they holding discussions, gigs, visual arts and performance there. Pop in they are always looking for new visitors.

Exchange Dublin exhibited all the projects in their centre and after an enthusiastic discussion amongst all participants a couple of the film projects were screened and a number of the music based projects performed for us all. The quality and standard of the work was amazing and all credit is deserved as all groups put so much time and energy into their projects over the last 9 months. I was blown away with how these young people confidently discussed their ideas and opinions around their work and regarding youth and the arts in general. With young people like these coming up behind us I am confident in saying that the world is in safe hands although during the day it was the first time I started to feel old.......... - Linda, Young Model curator

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The exchange is a pretty cool place. The day was a bit like our premiere, we were showing a sneaky peek of our interviews with artists. We got nametags, people thought we were models, (because the nametags said young model...), and we were photographed by a professional photographer outside the Exchange. We were interviewed by a guy called Daniel, who had great dreds. We got to meet other people working doing different things like drama, dance and film. We also had a go at discussing things like censorship, leadership and the issue of what age is youth. We saw two films, one which was called Girls in the City, and one called Wrong Turn, they were really different, both seemed to be the result of loads of hard work. Hopefully our interview film will show the hard work we've been putting in. - Young model response

More pics available on our Flickr site.

young model are recruiting new members for the group for 2010. If you or anyone you know may be interested just drop Linda a mail

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18 Jan. 2010

Beat the January blues at your happy place

As the days are finally getting a tiny bit warmer and longer, here at The Model offices it just means one thing, we'll be returning home to our new building very soon! A lot will have changed over the past two years at The Model, but also along The Mall. We are delighted that we now have some fellow arty neighbours, the Art Mart Studios. At the end of this month they'll be hosting the Happy Place exhibition which we thoroughly recommend to beat those January blues.

Happy Place exhibition at Art Mart Studios

Happy Place exhibition at Art Mart Studios

Artmart Studios is proud to present their first exhibition of 2010. Happy Place will exhibit postcards created by Artists, Illustrators, photographers and Sculptors depicting their happy place. Some works are for sale.

Opening night is Saturday 23rd of January @ 7.00pm, continues from the 25th - 30th January.

Opening times Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.

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16 Jan. 2010

irish blog awards

There are people that suggest blogging is dead, but we don't agree of course, and neither do the Irish Blog Awards who are looking for your nominations right now. There are only a few more days left to vote, but head on over and be counted. and of course if you wanted to nominate us for arts and culture blog we wouldn't mind one bit....

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12 Jan. 2010

'The Big Freeze' - A snowy start to 2010

Sligo, as most of Ireland, has been experiencing it's coldest snap for quite some time. Last week it even meant some Model staff couldn't make it in to the office, but thanks to broadband and emails we still had a busy week staying in touch, and even busier week ahead as we prepare for the exciting reopening of The Model later this spring.

The snow didn't stop two artists (Maebh Cheasty and David Murphy) reaching us all the way from Cork (thank you irish rail) for a research trip to Sligo to kick start the audio-tour project they will be working on for us throughout the spring.

During the cold spell we also took out our cameras and managed to snap some great shots around Sligo. Tourism rumours for Sligo in 2010 have been flagging the county as a new ski- destination, check the youtube clip below!

Ballysadare, Co. Sligo. Pic by Aoife Flynn

Ballysadare, Co. Sligo. Pic by Aoife Flynn

Sun and snow in Scarden, Strandhill Co. Sligo. Pic by Denise Rushe

Sun and snow in Scarden, Strandhill Co. Sligo. Pic by Denise Rushe

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8 Jan. 2010

Jack B Yeats and the West of Ireland

Jack B Yeats Untitled (Interior of Shop), 1905

Jack B Yeats Untitled (Interior of Shop), 1905

Throughout January and February Ballina Arts Centre will present Jack B Yeats and the West of Ireland, a special exhibition of the artist’s works from Sligo and Mayo. This exhibition is drawn from The Niland Collection and is presented in association with The Model, home of The Niland Collection.

Though Yeats was born in London, he spent most of his childhood in Sligo in the care of his maternal grandparents, often travelling around Sligo and Mayo with his grandfather, a wealthy merchant.

The young artist must have been captivated by the landscape and the characters he encountered here as, throughout his career, he returned repeatedly to the memories of his west of Ireland days for inspiration.

In 1905 Yeats was commissioned to illustrate a series of articles on Life in the Congested Districts of Galway and Mayo, by John Millington Synge, for The Guardian newspaper. Together Yeats and Synge spent several weeks touring the depressed regions. It was a trip that was to have a deep and lasting impact on the artist and shortly afterwards he began to concentrate solely on Irish subject matter.

It was in no small way due to his Sligo childhood and The Guardian commission that Jack developed a particular interest in the people and rituals of everyday life, painting street sellers, sailors, funerals, travelling fairs, circuses and the races. The exhibition features water-colours and oils from throughout his career.

On Thursday January 21, Emer McGarry, Assistant from The Model, Sligo, will lead a guided tour of the exhibition. The tour starts at 7pm and admission is free. The exhibition will be officially opened by Medb Ruane, Irish Independent columnist, on Wednesday January 13 and will run until the end of February. For further details visit the Ballina Arts Centre.

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4 Jan. 2010

See inside the new Model building

We're all getting very excited about moving back into the new building and welcoming you through the doors, which is due to happen in April of this year. We're very impatient though and couldn't wait to share the building with you, so before Christmas we posted a series of sneak peak video clips recorded on site. They were released over the days leading up to Christmas as separate posts, so we're linking them all in this post so you can more easily run through them. The extension has been designed by Sheridan Woods Architects and funded in part by Sligo Local Authorities, Border Midlands Western Regional Assembly (via The European Regional Development Fund) and the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism under the Access Scheme.

The films are all recorded by our Transition Year Work Experience student Aengus Morrisey, and voiced by staff member Aoife Flynn who has been with The Model for over 6 years so is very familiar with the old, and new building.

Footage of the new entrance which is located on Connaughton Road

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As you can see, the work has yet to be finished, so we've included the architect's impression of the new entrance & foyer interior below.

Architects impression of the new foyer at The Model

Architects impression of the new foyer at The Model

The next clip is of the new performance space which is situated on the left hand side of the new entrance.

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This next clip is of what previous visitors to the centre may remember as the old main entrance into The Model on The Mall. This area will now be the new dining area of the restaurant.

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We've included the architects impression of this area below:

Architect's impression of the restaurant dining area at the Mall entrance

Architects impression of the restaurant dining area at the Mall entrance

One of the most exciting features of new Model building will be the new gallery experience available to visitors. The previous black box space has been split into two levels. Downstairs, it is now the space for the new restaurant kitchen, while upstairs we have created a new gallery to allow for a complete gallery circuit on the first floor. There are two staircases and lift access to this floor.

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We've also included the architect's impression of the new gallery spaces so you can imagine what it will eventually look like when we re-open.

New gallery space at The Model with stairway from atrium space on the left, and entrance into the Niland Gallery

New gallery space at The Model with stairways from atrium space on the left, and entrance into the Niland Gallery

Niland Gallery showing new entrance into the new gallery space at the end of the room on the left hand-side

Niland Gallery showing new entrance into new gallery space

This is the final post of our redevelopment sneak peaks. This one is of the spectacular artists studio floor, which is part of the new extension to The Model. There are 8 artist studios, one of which is residential, and one of which is a music rehearsal studio. The other artists studios are available for rent and applications are being taken until 5th February.

The artists studios are at the highest point of the building and boast spectacular panoramic views of Sligo town and it's surrounds. During our visits to site over the past few weeks everyone has been so surprised at the views- which the video demonstrates below:

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Artist Studios - Architect Drawing

Residential Studio as it looked in Oct

You can see more pics of the Building in progress on flickr

Or you can have a look at the architect's full video impression of how the new Model will look here:

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22 Dec. 2009

World-class programme for The Model in 2010

As The Model offices wrap up for 2009, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. As already blogged, we've had a very busy year with The Model Offsite and we hope you can join us in Sligo in 2010 for the most anticipated event of the year, the re-opening of The Model, Home of The Niland Collection.

As a little present from us to you, we would like to share with you some of our programme that we have confirmed so far for the year ahead. We've been dying to share all this for some time as it has been tremendously exciting working on it over the past few months and even years!

Architect's impression of the new extension to The Model

Architect's impression of the new extension to The Model

Closed for a major redevelopment since early 2008 the centre has been much missed, but the works will be worth the wait. With over 70 people currently employed on site, The Model is being transformed into a world-class visitor attraction with museum standard galleries, a purpose build performance space, a new destination restaurant, and nine stunning artist studios with panoramic views of Sligo below.

The redevelopment has been funded by The Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism (under the Access scheme) and the EU (under the BMW Infrastructural fund), with significant additional funding from the Local Authorities, Model fundraising, and Sligo patronage. Designed by Sheridan Woods architects, the redevelopment of The Model will deliver a space that focuses on the needs of the visitor and the artist in equal measure. As an unparalleled cultural resource for the region, and the place to be, The Model will have a vibrant programme and act as a vital hub for locals and visitors alike.

The first major project will be DORM. Artist collectives from around the world will inhabit The Model, transforming the building in an unprecedented, all-encompassing art project. The building will be filled by national and international artist collectives with art exhibitions, concerts, screenings and discussions forming part of the multi-disciplinary project. An innovative partnership with IT Sligo is also set to be unveiled as part of DORM in the new year.

After re-opening, The Model will also commence an international cinema programme in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute. This programme will bring first run, award-winning films from around the world to Sligo.

One of the first events to be held in The Model is the Sligo New Music Festival, curated by Ian Wilson and celebrating the early, ground-breaking music of Gavin Bryars, including two classic works. The festival will also include new work by leading Northern Irish composer Frank Lyons.

Detail from 'The Grave Yard Wall' 1945, Oil On Canvas, Jack B. Yeats

The Model is home to Sligo’s prestigious Niland Collection, which houses the second largest Jack B.Yeats collection in Ireland, second only to The National Gallery. The Niland Collection has been greatly missed since closure. The Model is delighted, therefore, to announce a majorly significant Yeats’ exhibition for summer 2010. Co-curated by internationally renowned artist and curator Brian O’Doherty, the exhibition, entitled Jack B. Yeats;The Outsider, will bring together Yeats’ greatest works. Opening in July, this is a hugely significant show for Ireland, taking place in Sligo. The exhibition was recently chosen as the Irish Times Critics Choice for 2010, more details here.

The DeLorean Car featured in the eighties film trilogy 'Back To The Future'

The DeLorean Car featured in the eighties film trilogy 'Back To The Future'

Also in 2010, a Model co-commission of a Duncan Campbell film entitled Make it New John which tells the story of the DeLorean car, its creator John DeLorean and the workers of the Belfast-based car plant who built it, will also be screened alongside the Yeats exhibition.

The final exhibition of the year features new work from one of the world’s greatest living artists: Ilya Kabakov. Working with his partner Emila, the Kabakovs will present Fallen Angel; a full installation throughout the gallery devoted to a monument of an angel that fell to earth. The exhibition involves paintings, sculptures and entire rooms constructed around this fantasy — both child-like and richly romantic. The Kabakovs will literally be coming from their retrospective exhibition at The Louvre in Paris to mount their exhibition in Sligo, which is a major testament to the international level of Model programming.

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The entire Model team are eagerly anticipating a return to The Mall and looking forward to welcoming visitors back info this wonderful building. A major reopening celebration is being planned for the Spring, with details under wraps until the new year. A sneak peek at the building works is available through a series of short video tours on The Model’s blog

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21 Dec. 2009

The Model Offsite - a year in review

The Model Satellite, Castle Street, Sligo

The Model Satellite, Castle Street, Sligo

The Model might have been closed on The Mall, but that certainly didn’t stop us from having a busy year, running a great selection of exhibitions, screenings and events in spaces all over Sligo and reaching an impressive 15,000 visitors despite the main venue being closed.

Taking over Castle House on Castle Street as the main Model Satellite space, we held three large-scale contemporary exhibitions, all international is scope. Starting the year with Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War the exhibition caused great curiosity in the lead up to the opening as one of the key works, a large road sign proclaiming “You have left the American Sector” was clearly visible through the shop front doors to the new space. The piece was by Canadian artist Ron Terada and was not the only sign-based work in the exhibition to cause a stir. Another artwork by Jamelie Hassan was on display in the form of a billboard at the Dunnes Stores car park proclaiming “ Because there was and there wasn’t a city of Baghdad” causing it to be confused with a tourism poster by a local journalist.

Medium Religion at The Model Satellite

Medium Religion at The Model Satellite

The second exhibition of the year, Medium Religion, came to Sligo from one of the largest and most significant contemporary centres in Europe: ZKM. Curated by internationally renowned philosopher and curator Boris Groys, the exhibition involved over thirty art projects that cast a challenging gaze on religions. Opening in the midst of a national debate on the blasphemy bill, the project also included a seminar on religiosity chaired by Anna Nolan. Artists from Cuba, Iran, Israel and Russia came to Sligo for the opening, although Iranian artist Barbad Golshiri didn't return for the seminar due to escalating unrest in Iran- He decided to stay and fight like millions of others, fearing that something might happen in his absence.

During the summer months The Model staged a small exhibition of select Jack Yeats works in Sligo Art Gallery as part of the inaugural Yeats Festival Season.

Reverse Pedagogy artists at The Model Satellite

Reverse Pedagogy artists at The Model Satellite

Taking part in Sligo’s first Culture Night, The Model opened the final exhibition of the year with Reverse Pedagogy- a group show with works made in, and inspired by, Sligo. More pics from Culture Night here>

It was a busy musical year for The Model too, with highlights including Josh Ritter at Clary Church, R.S.A.G at the Model Satellite, Emer Mayock at Summerhill College’s Handball Alley and Katie Kim at the pharmacy on Wolfetone Street. Music performances were drawn from all genres to participate in “New Spaces for Music” a series that sought to discover new spaces for listening to, and performing music.

New Spaces for Music - Gerry Harrington and Margaret Rhatigan at Sligo Bus Station

New Spaces for Music - Gerry Harrington and Margaret Rhatigan at Sligo Bus Station

Memorable spaces included Sligo’s Bus Station, which was transformed into a trad concert one busy Friday afternoon. The series even spread to Dublin with seven concerts performed as part of the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival in October.

The Model held a number of film screenings and artists talks throughout the year, and presented a large number of key educational projects. Most memorable of these included the partnership with Rehab Care Sligo and sound artist Karl Burke which culminated in the magnificent commission “Soundtrack for a Day”. Another collaboration, this time with Cranmore Community group, brought kids together to present The Big Art Project on the hoardings around The Model Site.

Young model interview artist Barrie Cooke as part of The Interview project

Young model interview artist Barrie Cooke as part of The Interview project

Young Model, a workshop series aimed at 14-20year olds, had a hugely successful year with a graffiti street art workshop in February, leading to work being displayed on Castle Street, a collaboration with Gracelands Festival and an exciting new project called The Interview where young model members interviewed living artists from The Niland Collection, scripting, presenting, filming and editing these interviews themselves. Previews from The Interview are available on The Model blog, but the full project will be published on the Model’s new website next year.

One of the projects that The Model are most delighted about is The Trades Club revival, a commission by The Model of artists Seamus Nolan which has resulted in the regeneration and redevelopment of Sligo’s famous Trades Club. Now in the final stages of the regeneration a public exhibition is planned for early next year.

If you'd like to take a look at some more of our events from 2009, check our Flickr sets here for photos, our Youtube Channel here for videos, and as always you can read through our blog entries from throughout the year.

So, as you see, it has been a tremendously busy year for us here at The Model. Alongside all these events we have been preparing our programming plans for the reopening of new Model building in Spring 2010. We hope you've enjoyed the year as much as we have. If you have any comments on events this year at The Model, please feel free to leave them below.

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18 Dec. 2009

The Model Building - Preview #4

Here is the final post of our redevelopment sneak peaks. This one is of the spectacular artists studio floor, which is part of the new extension to The Model. There are 8 artist studios, one of which is residential, and one of which is a music rehearsal studio. The other artists studios are available for rent and applications are being taken until 5th February.

The artists studios are at the highest point of the building and boast spectacular panoramic views of Sligo town and it's surrounds. During our visits to site over the past few weeks everyone has been so surprised at the views- which the video demonstrates below:

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Artist Studios - Architect Drawing

Residential Studio as it looked in Oct

See more pics of the Studios in progress on flickr

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17 Dec. 2009

The Model Building - Preview #3

One of the most exciting features of new Model building will be the new gallery experience available to visitors. The previous black box space has been split into two levels. Downstairs, it is now the space for the new restaurant kitchen, while upstairs we have created a new gallery circuit. There are two stair cases and lift access to this floor.

Watch Video

We've also included the architect's impression of the new gallery spaces so you can imagine what it will eventually look like when we re-open.

New gallery space at The Model with stairway from atrium space on the left, and entrance into the Niland Gallery

New gallery space at The Model with stairways from atrium space on the left, and entrance into the Niland Gallery

Niland Gallery showing new entrance into the new gallery space at the end of the room on the left hand-side

Niland Gallery showing new entrance into new gallery space

Our final video tomorrow will be showing off the new Artist Studios available on the second floor. For more of the videos, visit our youtube channel.

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