28 Feb. 2018

Sligo Children's Book Festival 2018

Three of Sligo’s leading cultural organisations have come together once more to host the Sligo Children’s Book Festival, celebrating family literacy and creativity of parents and young children. The Model, Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and the Hawk’s Well Theatre have created a month long action-packed festival featuring storytelling, theatre, film, visual art, craft and book-making to inspire and entertain children and parents alike!

Sligo Children’s Book Festival will take place from Friday 2nd to Saturday 31st of March, with lots of book-related fun activities for children to enjoy. Events will take place at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model and schools in Sligo. The festival kicks off from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Friday 2nd of March, with an action packed evening of Roald Dahl themed fun at the Hawk’s Well. There will be dreadly drumming workshops, fluckgungled face-painting, crodsquinkled craft workshops and a biffsquiggled bookshop to launch the month long festival.

From Tuesday 6th to Saturday 31st of March the Youth City Zine exhibition takes place at The Model, presenting the work of Cranmore’s Youth City. Everyone is welcome to the opening on Tuesday 6th of March at 7pm. On Friday 9th and Friday 23rd of March from 4.30 to 6pm creative seven to nine year olds can join Dympna O’Driscoll at the Hawk’s Well to create their very own fantastical dreams in a Dream Jars workshop.

On Sunday 11th and 18th of March from 12.30 to 2pm ArtTrap at The Model provides the perfect space for children to innovate, explore and experiment, using art and craft-making processes with artists Sinéad O’Hanlon and Ana Faye. On Monday 19th of March at 3pm, enjoy the wonderful anarchic work of children’s favourite Roald Dahl with storyteller and artist Wayne O’Connor as famous fairy tales are re-imagined in a suitably revolting manner at the Hawk’s Well.

Monkeyshine Theatre present The Magic Bookshop at The Model on Tuesday 20th at 11am, 1pm & 4pm and Wednesday 21st of March at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 4pm with performances for schools and families. The Magic Bookshop is an immersive experience for everyone over 5 and audiences are invited to bring a gently used book to swap at the book exchange.

On Sunday 25th of March an Easter special Family Day workshop takes place at The Model from 11.30am to 3pm with artists Sinéad O’Hanlon and Ana Faye helping families to make their own hand-printed Easter cards, followed by a secret screening at 2pm.

From Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th of March at 1pm at The Model, lunch time secret screenings for children take place at a pop-up cinema with a range of films adapted from favourite books. On Saturday 31stof March at 2.30pm, the Hawk’s Well Theatre present their Dahlicious Books & Hot Chocolate Club get-togethers for young readers. Children will take part in a gloriumptious craft-making activity and enjoy an entertaining squishous storytelling session with a lickwishy hot chocolate! Suitable for children aged 7-9 and created this event is nearly sold out.

Many of these events have limited availability so advance booking is advised at the venue. For further information and to book events at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, contact their box office on 071 9161518 or online at www.hawkswell.com. For bookings and further information on events taking place in The Model, contact 071 9141405 or info@themodel.ie

Kids’ Own is on tour to schools in the month of March, bringing their archive to books to class groups across the county of Sligo. Schools are invited to spend a morning with writer Mary Branley and artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward exploring the canon of books by kids for kids, and developing their own work in response. Through this programme, Kids’ Own engage 2 – 3 class groups per day. Schools can contact Kids’ Own on 071 912 4945 or visit www.kidsown.ie for more information.

22 Feb. 2018

The Tain - performance, exhibition and workshop

The Model is delighted to bring three interpretations; in three artforms; of the early Irish classic, An Táin, together in one space, for a public performance and exhibition on 28 April 2018.

Lorcán MacMathúna, who has been described as one of the most progressive talents in contemporary folk music, will present his reinterpretation of ancient Irish epic, The Tain using Louis LeBrocquy’s works of the same name from The Niland Collection as an inspiration and a backdrop. The Model will present a selection of original illustrations created by Le Brocquy for Thomas Kinsella’s seminal 1969 translation of the great Irish epic, the Táin Bó Cúailnge. Lorcán MacMathúna’s unique and exciting reinterpretation of ancient the Bardic texts will bring a 1st century mythological tale to life for contemporary audiences across the disciplines of dance, Sean Nós composition and traditional music.

This multi-disciplinary performance will see MacMathúna bring together outstanding contemporary dance artist, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, with traditional musicians Martin Tourish, Eamonn Galldubh, and Daire Bracken. The performance takes place on Saturday 28 April at 7pm and will be followed by a discussion with MacMathúna and Ó Conchúir led by composer and musician Emer Mayock. Tickets are available from The Model and are priced at €12. The exhibition will continue until Sunday 3rd June and is free of charge.

In addition, MacMathuna will facilitate a practical workshop for students and arts practitioners the following day on 29 April at 1 pm. The workshop will explore the relationship between dance and inter-disciplinary art practice and is free of charge to attend, however, prior booking is essential.

23 Jan. 2018


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

Located in Sligo, The Model is distinctive internationally as a multi-disciplinary arts organisation that is led by the contemporary visual arts. The Model takes an integrated approach to programming, with a strong focus on contemporary culture and relevant global issues, which are mediated inclusively to diverse audiences.

Studio rentals are available for 1 to 2 year lease options commencing 1 April 2018.

Fees for the studios are €225 per month which includes utilities and broadband. Studios are unfurnished, have 24-hour access and measure approx 7 × 4 metres. Applicants should note that the studios are not residential and parking is not included. Paid parking is available at a daily rate in nearby Sligo County Council Car Parks

Application Criteria

Applicants need to demonstrate a professional practice as a visual artist.

Applications should include:

• CV – please limit to two pages.
• Detailed Letter of Interest that outlines upcoming exhibitions and projects that necessitate a studio space.
• Supporting Materials (outlined below) should be sent by post.
• Letters of Recommendation by a mentor or colleague are advised.

Supporting Materials:

Still Images:
Slides, Photographs, Laser prints: Please ensure that your name is clearly marked on all visuals submitted with your application. We will accept a maximum of ten images.

CD’s & DVD’S
Please ensure that any material submitted on CD or DVD is formatted to be viewed on Mac. No more than ten images should be submitted on a CD or DVD. Sound or video work on CD or DVD should be for a maximum duration of 5 minutes only.

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible for consideration.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 13 Feb. 2018

Unless requested and a SASE included, materials will not be returned to senders. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We aim to notify the successful applicants on 26 Feb. 2018.

Full applications or additional documentation may be sent via post to:

Sandy Porter
The Model
The Mall

For further information, visit our website: www.themodel.ie or email sandyporter@themodel.ie

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16 Jan. 2018

New Acquisition of Artworks from Recent Yeats Family Sale at Sotheby’s

We are delighted to announce the very special acquisition of a considerable body of artworks from the recent Yeats Family sale at Sotheby’s. This is a fantastic body of work and a significant acquisition which will perfectly complement the other works by the Yeats family held within the Niland Collection.

John B Yeats, WB Yeats Reading in the Garden
Image courtesy Sotheby’s

The loan features portraits of both Jack and William by their father and other portraits of their grandparents William and Elizabeth Pollexfen, and their uncle George Pollexfen. The works, which are joining The Niland Collection on a long-term loan from a private collector, will be featured in a very special exhibition at The Model entitled Portrait of a Family from 9 June – 21 October 2018.

John Butler Yeats, Self Portrait, New York
Image courtesy Sotheby’s

Given the recent concern that these paintings, particularly the John Butler Yeats masterpiece, would be dispersed, possibly abroad, we are delighted that they will be made available to the Irish public through The Niland Collection in Sligo, a place that was close to the family’s hearts. We are pleased to share these wonderful objects with our audience and are grateful to the private collector who has made this most generous gesture.

John B Yeats, Jack in a Straw Hat
Image courtesy Sotheby’s

We are especially delighted with the generous gift of Jack Butler Yeats’ model boats and travelling case, which will enable us to bring the Yeats Family story to life for the children of Sligo in the years ahead. The collection of nine boats, along with a wooden storage case for toy boats decorated with nineteen watercolour drawings, are currently on view at The Model until Sunday 22 April as part of Turbulence. The rest of the artworks will be delivered to Sligo next month.

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2 Nov. 2017

Enikő Hegyi sings at the IMA at the Model

The soulful voice of classically-trained Transylvanian singer Enikó Hegyi will be accompanied by Sligo jazz pianist Darragh Houston. Pianist Maija Kravale will perform pieces from familiar classical and less familiar Latvian composers. Anna Houston will play a cello sonata from the 18th century and Collette Sheerin, singer songwriter and player of traditional flute, will be joined by members of Sligo Baroque Orchestra in music by Telemann and Collette Sheerin – in a meeting or merging of two musical worlds.

Informal Music Afternoon in The Model
1 pm Sunday November 5th
admission €5
children go free

Informal Music Afternoons are produced by Sligo Baroque Orchestra in partnership with The Model. There is a cabaret style set-up in the light, bright space of the atrium in The Model; The Café is operating and you can come and go as you please. Children of all ages are most welcome.

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17 Oct. 2017

PUNC 1x1 at Cliffoney National School

Unfolding, throughout the 2017 / 2018 academic year PUNC 1×1 is a unique county-wide outreach programme initiated by The Model and now in its second year.

Seven works from the Niland collection are currently on display in participating schools. The exhibition is shown on a rotation basis and initially the children are not given any information about the artist leaving them to respond to each art work with only their imaginations to guide them!

Punc 1×1 is off to a great start with very creative responses from Cliffoney National School, North Sligo. The mysterious painting with the “mysterious” hat has prompted the children to guess some brilliant titles for this work.

The most popular name suggestions for the piece so far: 
Mr. Nobody’s Hat
The Haunted Hat
The Poacher’s Hat
The Never Worn Hat
Mystery Hat
The Murder Hat
The Invisible Man’s Hat

Principle Louise Kerins said: “The experience so far has been fantastic. All pupils have engaged with the artwork and the ideas and suggestions made have been interesting and thought provoking. A number of parents have also made time to look at the artwork and are thrilled our school is part of the project.We look forward in anticipation to learning the true name for the piece and some information on the artist.“ 

Cliffoney School website

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26 Sep. 2017

Guest Blog: Barry McHugh on Oliver Laric

The following blog by locally-based artist Barry McHugh touches on important threads in the multi-media practice of artist Oliver Laric, whose film installation is currently showing at The Model (until Sunday, October 1st). Laric’s exploration of the nature of images and objects in digital space reveals the internet as not merely a space of representation, but of direct experience, as the real world is increasingly mediated by screens, and knowledge is replaced by searching. In the spirit of Laric’s practice of on-line collaborative art-making, The Model invites McHugh to write an short essay-blog on Laric.

Art is the act of transformation and Oliver Laric is interested in the modification of icons, or their potential to adapt. There is a Hollywood quality to the catharsis of an icon. His favourite sculpture is a justice in Basel that used to be a virgin with child. Jesus was simply replaced with a scale during reformation iconoclasm and all the spiritual connotations were substituted by a more pragmatic ideology. [1]

“I don’t see any necessity in producing images myself, everything I would need exists it’s just about finding it.”

This action of searching documentation has become an alternative to knowledge, going through Laric’s piece we can see him use footage from movies (such as Akira) and television to construct much of his film, with the soundtrack being an instrumental version of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” [2]

You are left with a piece of film that mirrors the mass consumption of media that the internet allows you to do in this age, and you can see Laric combining High culture and popular culture through this. The film shows images are continually modified to represent something new, the nature of images and objects in digital space reveals the internet as not merely a space of representation. Memes, Lets Plays and blogs, which are all internet based actions of transformation, illustrates that a thing and a thought can be one and the same on the internet. ‘my Web site(VVORK) [3] is not a space of representation but of primary experiences. You are viewing the real thing. And when the work travels to other sites, it is still the real thing’ [4] that has influenced Oliver’s outlook to ownership and authorship he even says.

“I think it is necessary to ignore authorship, to create a space for something that is interesting again.” [5]

This isn’t empty talk either, Laric Created an open data base of footage for the Frieze Festival in 2012 [6] and it is within this you might notice a subtle nod to another artist that seems to have influenced him as an artist. Within this archive is a clip called urinal where he has an up-close shot of a porcelain urinal with fluid hitting it. [7] Marcel Duchamp being one of the first artists to advocate the notion of the artist as transformative thinker with his piece ‘Fountain’ which was literally a urinal turned upside-down.

Laric’s online-based practice the website/blog VVork with Aleksandra Domanovic, Christoph Priglinger, and Georg Schnitzer is an archive of work that he has compared to curating. VVORK depicts artistic production as a networked, collaborative process subject to certain patterns, and it saw potential in iteration. [8]

Throughout all his work a theme of Recursion, repetition, reinterpretation can be seen. It can be seen in his sculptures in Kopienkritik (the name originating from the German translation of a Roman school of sculpture that specialised in copying Greek works) [9] fitting since his sculptures were copies of important sculpture using 3D printers. In this he attempted to raise mechanical reproduction.
Larics work is unique in his approach to both his material and how he presents his work. this creates dynamic atmosphere to his work.

McHugh has a Masters in Social Practice and Creative Design from LIT. His practice encompasses writing, curating and making. He is author of the book A Dyslexic Portrait of a Young Man, which is written in comic format and available at The Model bookshop.

1- Oliver Laric Interview – Incite Online
2- Oliver Laric – Art in America
4- The Real Thing/Interview with Oliver Laric
5- The Real Thing/Interview with Oliver Laric
6- Oliver Laric – Frieze
7- Frieze Stock Footage
8- Archiving vvork
9- Kopienkritik

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16 Sep. 2017

Artists Select: Michael Wann

Drawing: Void Pastoral Series
Sat. 9 Sep. – Sat. 7 Oct.

Artist Talk: Thu. 5 Oct., 2pm, Free

Michael Wann is a Sligo based artist whose practice is rooted in drawing. Using charcoal and water, he explores the myriad possibilities of what happens when drawing with these elemental materials. Drawing on themes of landscape and memory, he returns over and over again to the work of classical artists such as Gainsborough, Constable, Corot and Hogarth. Observing and looking at history books, old engravings, sepia photographs and etchings, this practice of looking goes back to the artist’s childhood. It has informed his drawing and imbued it with an otherness that is both classical and contemporary.

In this exhibition, Wann selects several works from the Niland Collection which are presented in a unique arrangement alongside his own drawings and research material. Works by Wann, together with Le Brocquy, Hooghiemstra, Diarmuid Delargy and Paul Henry exude a quiet intensity, which tap into a deep history of drawing, which informs the present and will no doubt persist into the future. In this presentation, Wann presents exciting new work, with burnt edges, sepia splashes, spontaneous gestures and accidents which converge in the making of a landscape.

Michael Wann lives and works in Sligo. Originally from Dublin, he graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology in 1992 with a Diploma in Fine Art, and in 2003 with a Bachelor in Fine Art.
Wann has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions. He has been awarded numeous residency fellowships and has received several prestigious drawing prizes, including the Tom Caldwell Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 129th Annual Exhibition and the Sean Keating Award and Silver Medal at the RHA’s 186th Annual Exhibition in 2016. His work is held in both private and public collections nationally and internationally.

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25 Aug. 2017

Volunteer Scheme

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

Click here for more information on the role of the The Model invigilator.

Click here to download a volunteer application form

Please contact: getinvolved@themodel.ie

The Model is delighted to partner with Sligo Volunteer Centre for the recruitment of volunteers to our Get Involved programme.

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24 Aug. 2017

Artists Select: Kiera O'Toole

Kiera O’Toole
Drawing from the Non-­Place
Artist Talk: Sat. 26 Aug., 2pm, Free

The Model is delighted to present the first in a new series of exhibitions titled Artists Select. The first in this series is an exhibition by The Model studio artist Kiera O’Toole, whose practice is expressed through the act of drawing and on occasion is mediated through digital media.

In this exhibition O’Toole considers the work of renowned Dutch artist Arno Kramer, whose drawings are held within The Niland Collection. O’Toole has chosen three works by Kramer, which resonate with her own artistic interests.

O’Toole is drawn to the similarities in their practice which she sums up as follows: ‘As practitioners, Arno Kramer’s drawing practice and my drawing practice share an attentiveness and awareness which is informed by drawing’s key attributes: immediacy, intimacy, modesty of means and sensitivity; as evidenced through the pressures of touch, stains, accidents, lines and indentations.” Both artists bring into view the physical trace of the artist’s thinking where a heightened sense of perceptual awareness of the drawing process emerges ‘as a coming to know.

Artists Select; Kiera O’Toole will feature a selection of works by both O’Toole and Kramer and will take place in the Foyer Gallery space. This exhibition runs concurrently alongside the exhibition High Winds Move Slowly, an international presentation of the work of artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch, which opens on August 19th.

Kiera O’Toole will present a talk on her exhibition on Saturday, 26 August, at 2pm

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3 Jul. 2017

Undercurrents, Divergent Paths in Contemporary Folk

The Model is delighted to announce a new series of music curated by composer and musician Emer Mayock, which will run throughout autumn and winter 2017.

The series features a distinct range of contemporary folk artists each exploring their contrasting influences and approaches to song, dance or music; while also challenging audiences’ perceptions of the genre.

Speaking ahead of the first gig in the series which takes place on Saturday August 19th is Emer Mayock said “We are delighted to present New York folk duo The Murphy Beds for the inaugural performance in the Autumn/Winter series Undercurrents. Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer dig deep into the song traditions of the US, Scotland, England and Ireland delivering the repertoire with close vocal harmonies and intricate interwoven guitar and bouzouki lines. The Murphy Beds do much to exemplify the way in which folk artists uniquely explore tradition and re interpret materials that are sometimes hundreds of years old in a contemporary context.

The Undercurrents series aims to shine a light on the diverse means by which artists take this path of reinterpretation, infusing knowledge, influence and creative imagination. Further nights confirmed include Jean Butler and Neil Martin with this is an Irish dance: studio series 1 on Sunday October 1st with more acts to be conformed for winter.

Acting Director, Emer McGarry commented “The Model is delighted to have the opportunity to work with a music curator of Emer Mayock’s calibre. She is an outstanding composer and musician in her own right
and has put together a very exciting series of music for The Model’s Autumn programme, which I am
sure our audiences will enjoy immensely.”

3 Apr. 2017

Arts and Health Check Up, Check In 2017

This day-long programme, featuring presentations by some of the leading figures working in arts and health in Ireland and the UK, is for healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field. Check Up Check In 2017 is organised by www.artsandhealth.ie (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, with local partner the Arts Initiative in Mental Health – a programme of the Mental Health Services Sligo Leitrim. The event is supported by the Arts Council, Sligo County Council Arts Service, HSE North West Health Promotion and The Model. Further details and booking information from www.artsandhealth.ie / 051 842664. The fee for the full day, including lunch, is €20.

Check Up Check In 2017 provides an opportunity for those working and interested in arts and health to share their experiences, exchange ideas and support and inspire each other in their practice. The exciting line-up of guest speakers from the arts sector and healthcare in Ireland and the UK includes Patrick Fox, director of the UK agency Heart of Glass, award-winning artist and theatre maker Mark Storor, Dr Regina McQuillan, palliative medicine consultant at St Francis Hospice in Dublin and artist and filmmaker Marie Brett. Arts and health projects to be showcased on the day will include a 12-year inter-generational project in the UK, a photographic project in a nursing home in County Galway, a community based arts and wellbeing programme and open studio in County Kildare and a theatre project in a palliative care setting in Dublin.

Arts and health programmes comprise a range of arts experiences, presented in healthcare settings, for the benefit of health service users, healthcare staff and artists. This expanding field of work fosters creativity, wellbeing and access to the arts and is based on partnership between the artists, arts organisations and those working in healthcare and/or the wider community. Further information about all aspects of arts and health work, including case studies, is available on www.artsandhealth.ie

Additional info:
Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings. WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie
Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts and provides advice and support services to artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities in social and community contexts. www.create-ireland.ie
The Arts Initiative in Mental Health (AIMH) is a programme of the Mental Health Services Sligo-Leitrim . AIMH aims to engage artists and service users in interesting and meaningful art-making, make visible arts and health work both within the mental health setting and publicly, where appropriate, and increase access to the arts by service users and healthcare professionals.

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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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24 May. 2016

Studio+ ‘Coney’

On Saturday the 14th of May, artists; Aideen Connelly, Medbh Gillard, Diane Roemer, Emma Stroude and Lorna Watkins and the film maker Carola Gotta, met in The Model Black Box to watch the ‘Coney’ documentary and discuss their work and it’s evolution since their residency project in 2014. This fabulous event was chaired by The Model’s Education Curator Marie Louise Blaney and hosted by artist and educator Chelsea Canavan.

‘Coney’ was a residency project developed by five artists as a result of going to The Model’s Graphite and Easel Group. Each artist in their own way had reached a point in their life and career where they were on the cusp of new path. The journey to that new path was Coney, the work, a culmination of five days of dedication to purely working through the experience of being on an island residency. With so many forces at play it was amazing to hear and talk of the different yet similar experiences of each artist whilst on the island. The work and the experience that created it leant itself to a beautiful exhibition and period of great growth for each individual.

This project seemed to grow and take on legs of it’s own, as all good things do, and it progressed itself into a group exhibition in The Hyde Bridge Gallery and was eventually brought into The Model for a delightful afternoon of insight into artist practice, experience, energy and evolution. After the discussion everyone headed up to the ‘Studio 4’ here in The Model for an Open Studio hosted by artist Lorna Watkins.

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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:

Model Arts and Niland Gallery
The Mall

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


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.


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.


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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