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The Model is one of Ireland’s leading centres for contemporary art. We host compelling contemporary art exhibitions by international and Irish artists in our newly redeveloped suite of galleries. We are also home to Sligos municipal art collection, The Niland Collection, shown on a rotation basis. In addition to our music, education and cinema programmes, we also have eight studios for visual arts practice and a full-time, international Artist-in-Residence Programme.

The Model is distinctive in Ireland as a multi-disciplinary arts organisation that is led by the visual arts. Through its innovative exhibitions programme The Model brings to Ireland’s North West, leading examples of national and international art. The visual art programme features a series of projects either initiated and developed solely by the Model, or in collaboration with national and international partner organisations. 


The Model’s acclaimed contemporary art programme features several major exhibitions of noted national and international contemporary artists. The Model is known for experimental, urgent programming, including projects that have critically tackled issues of war and contemporary religion (Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War and Medium Religion) as well as projects that question the role of art and artists today (Reverse Pedagogy). The Model develops projects in collaboration with artists, and is itself a site of artistic production with artist commissions and a full-time artist residency.