23 Mar. 2017

The Model Studio Residency Programme

The Model’s residency aims to be a catalyst for creative production of contemporary art. It provides opportunities for artists, curators, educators, writers, musicians and filmmakers to research and develop their practices. We support both emerging and established professionals working in any medium. The residency process is by application or invitation and is open to Irish and international applicants.

We support a community of 10 working artists in our subsidised studio spaces with over 30 artists circulating through our studios annually. Studio artists benefit from excellent facilitates and supports and participate in The Model’s regular open days, events, talks, screenings and tours.

The Model Studios are unique in that they combine an open and supportive environment for art production in Sligo which boasts a dramatic and sublime rural context in northwest Ireland.

The Studios are housed onsite at The Model, facilitating creative connections for contemporary creativity, collaboration and dialogue. Dynamic starting points for participants to expand and explore their studio practice and potentially develop new avenues of research include The Niland Collection, temporary contemporary exhibitions, education and community programmes, artists’ talks and lectures series, the architecture and grounds of the 1862 building as well as its contemporary extensions.

Each year a panel of artists, curators, educators and activists select the Studio awardees following an annual call for submissions.

To learn more about The Model Studios and how you can apply, please contact: info@themodel.ie



Current Artists in Residence

Anna Spearman
Clea van der Grijn
Michael Wann
Steve Wickam




Anna Spearman

Anna Spearman

Anna Spearman moved to Sligo in 1998 to develop and manage an arts-based community development programme for Sligo LEADER Partnership Company.  Returning to college she graduated with a BA in Fine Art from IT Sligo in 2007 and an MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Practice from University College Falmouth in 2011. 

Anna has taken part in a number of residencies including TRADE (Letrim and Roscommon Local Authorities) 2009, CAZ - Autonomous Zones, Cornwall in 2012 and Back Lane West, Cornwall, 2012 and 2013. 

Awards include Thomas Dammann Travel Award, 1991, The Governing Body Medal, (IT Sligo) 2007, Sandra Blow Award, (University College Falmouth), 2011.


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Clea van der Grijn

Clea van der Grijn

Since 2008 Clea van der Grijns work is about challenging conventional perceptions of memory, loss, death and living, while exploring the ambivalence associated with deprivation and the conflicts mixed emotions produce.

Clea was nominated for the prestigious 3 month AMEXCID residential scholarship in Mexico by the Mexican and Irish embassies to make a body of work based on the disparities of death between Mexican and Irish Cultures.

This process is being made into a film and documentary by Bang Bang Teo films who are following her and her family to Mexico. The resulting work shall be shown in Mexico City 2015 and tour Ireland 2016.

Clea has been artist in residence with The North West Hospice Sligo for three years.


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Michael Wann

Michael Wann

Michael Wann lives 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. In 2001 he won an Iontas Small Works Drawing Award from Sligo Art Gallery.

Michael has held many solo exhibitions of his work, including Sligo Art Gallery (1999, 2001, 2005, and 2009), the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar (2005), the Ashford Gallery at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2009) (where his work has been selected for their Annual Exhibition since 2004), Draiocht (2011), The Model (2012, 2013, 2014), the Cross Gallery, Dublin (2011, 2013), and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (2014). In 2006 he won the AXA Insurance Drawing Prize at the 176th RHA Annual, and was an invited artist there in 2009.

In 2010 Michael's work was selected by Hughie O'Donoghue for the Tom Caldwell Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy's 129th Annual Exhibition. He was also honoured in winning the inaugural Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy, also at the RUA's Annual Show.


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Steve Wickam

Steve Wickam

Violinist with the Waterboys since 1985 and founder member of Sligo group NoCrows

An Irish musician, Steve has recorded with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends U2, Elvis Costello, Sinead O Connor and Bob Dylan among many
others. Steve's musical practice has brought him to many fruitful musical fields. As composer he has written and performed for the National Theatre
productions of the work of Tom McIntyre and Michael Harding.

Wickham's music has been heard in several hollywood films, notably Good Will Hunting (1997), Waking Ned (1998) and more recently The Raven
(2012).

Recent projects include a commission for Sligo's Cairde festival. 'Common Ground' (2013) for the Sligo Baroque Orchestra and Musica Tropicana (a Congolese band working out of Sligo) was performed in The Model during the festival and it is hoped to tour it next year (2015). This work married african rhythm with baroque sensibility.

'Poetry of Place' (2012) a work for a quartet for the Hawkswell and Bealtaine Festival this was performed in the Hawkswell theatre Sligo and toured to
other venues. This work was a response to visits and poetry and music workshops with the active age communities around county Sligo.

Recent recordings include NoCrows 'Waiting For The Tide' (2014) and The Waterboys "Modern Blues' (2015).

Wickham is also developing as a visual artist with 3 exhibitions @ room, The Model Arts Centre, Sligo, Ireland.

(sub)TEXT Curator/Artist, A collaborative time based installation incorporating sound, film, text and a publication. (2011)

Geronimo. An installation of sculpture, sound, drawings and lino prints (2012)

Roadworks, a collection of iPad drawings and prints (2013)


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