22 Mar. 2019

Interview with curator and collector Jobst Greave


To celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Niland Collection, The Model, Sligo presents The Keeper: To have and to hold, a major exhibition that considers art collections as living repositories of thoughts and ideas.

A central element of the exhibition is the idiosyncratic private collection of curator and collector Jobst Graeve, an ‘exhibition within an exhibition’. Jobst discusses some of the works in his remarkable collection in this short video.

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Rebecca Kennedy

22 Mar. 2019

Artist Margaret Walker took up residency in The Model: Here's what happened

Margaret Walker is an artist based in the KCAT Studio in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Margaret visited the Model recently as part of her ongoing collaboration with Model studio artist Anna Spearman. Margaret and Anna met in 2016 at an Open Day in KCAT as part of the Engagement project, a project initiated by Catherine Marshall, curator and art historian. The Engagement project supports ongoing collaboration between KCAT studio artists and other professional artists working elsewhere.

During that first visit to KCAT Anna met Margaret and saw that although the Kilkenny artist was working on a series of paintings, she had ‘a huge stash of interesting materials tucked beneath her table that was spilling out into the space,’ said Anna. After some gentle prodding Margaret showed her some of her textile pieces including ‘a really beautiful stitched portrait that was tucked away in a drawer’. That discovery sparked a friendship between Anna and Margaret, who share a passion for materials and all things textile.

After Anna’s first residency in KACT the two began a correspondence that involved them sending pieces of work back and forth to collaborate on. Margaret’s recent visit to the Model’s residency studio was the third time that the two artists have come together to make work. ‘We work until late every evening,’ said Margaret, during her stay. Throughout the residency, Anna and Margaret worked intensively, but also managed to see the sights of Sligo.

‘It’s good to have time to work alongside each other,’ said Anna. When the residency drew to a close, Anna and Margaret had already begun plotting what the end result of their work together might be. ‘We may combine the stuff we’ve been working on to create a large sculptural piece’ said Anna. When asked to describe the work that Anna and Margaret produced together, Margaret can sum it up in two words. ‘Deep play’ said Margaret, ‘That’s me’.

Margaret and Anna are very grateful for the Model’s support of this visit.

Photography by Léa Croguennoc

To find out more about Margaret, you can visit her Artist Profile on KCAT here: http://kcat.ie/studio/margaret-walker/

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Rebecca Kennedy

21 Mar. 2019

Music Stars of tomorrow to feature in Informal Music Afternoon, - along with master musicians Seamie O'Dowd and Kieran Quinn

It is not unusual for Sligo’s mixed-genre Informal Music Afternoons to include students as part of the programme, but the fourteen top students coming from Dublin on Sunday March 31st is something of a first. The programme will also include two very well established Sligo musicians, Seamie O’Dowd and Kieran Quinn.

The students from RIAM will perform both as soloists an as a chamber orchestra, presenting pieces by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Dvorak, Shostakovich… and a Premier of a piece entitled Let’s Give the World to the Children composed by Tiffany Qui – co-organiser of this ensemble.

The young musicians featuring in this concert are junior students of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Among them include scholars, prizewinners of both national and international competitions, and members of esteemed youth orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. They have performed in prestigious venues like the Hugh Lane Gallery, the Convention Centre, the Mansion House and the National Concert Hall. The Chamber Orchestra (aged 9-16) was organised by Tiffany Qiu and Ms Yue Yu in 2018.

Tiffany Qiu (17) from Sligo, studies piano with Dr Hugh Tinney and composition with Dr Kevin O’Connell in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. As a soloist, she has performed under the batons of Uri Segal, James Cavanagh, Finghin Collins and Paolo Ponziano Ciardi. Recent performances have brought her to Carnegie Hall (with the New York Sinfonietta) and the Basilica di San Pietro (Italy). She has won numerous prizes including 1st Places in the Dublin Feis Ceoil Huban Cup 2018, Pigott Cup 2018 and 2nd Place in the César Franck International Piano Competition in Belgium.

IMAs take place in the Atrium in The Model with a cabaret style set-up, the Model Café in operation, and a very relaxed atmosphere. Children are more than welcome.

Admission €5 – and children go free

Sunday, March 31st at 1 pm in The Model, The Mall, Sligo

IMAs are produced by Sligo Baroque Orchestra in partnership with the Model, and receive financial support from The Arts Council and Sligo County Council.

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13 Mar. 2019

The Model presents Art for Blind Records: Oranges

The Model is delighted to collaborate with Sligo-based DIY record label Art for Blind on a series of contemporary alternative Irish music. Art For Blind is a DIY record label record operated by Edel Doherty and Daniel Guest. Since partnering with The Model, Art for Blind has curated a successful music series that saw the label source and commission major musical talent from across Ireland to perform right here in The Model’s black-box theatre. The first gig in this year’s series will see Dublin based group Oranges perform at 9pm on Fri. 16 Mar. Oranges comprise three musicians who’ve been involved in Ireland’s underground scene for years. G. Duffy on vocals and guitars, M.T. Durnin on bass, synth & vocals, and E. Kelly on drums. Their sound recalls The Fall’s abrasive, minimalist approach to the rock’n’roll palette.

Emer Mc Garry, Curator and Interim Director of The Model, is excited about the prospect of combining The Model’s penchant for visual art with Art for Blind’s musical expertise. ‘We are multi-disciplinary and we are lead by contemporary visual art. We have a collection of national significance and our other disciplines include art, music, public participation and cinema. We have a particular interest in programming that combines all those things. We love programming that integrates music with visual art and gives audiences a chance to participate and give us feedback and open a dialogue.

The second date in the series has just been announced! Maria Somerville, an Irish producer, singer and songwriter will take the stage on Sat. 21 Apr along supporting act Owen Kilfeather, a composer and artist.

Tickets available at www.themodel.ie

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1 Mar. 2019

Carducci Quartet with Julian Bliss Clarinet

This concert will take place 8pm Friday 22. Mar.

The concert programme is an incredible mixture of old and new, A Haydn quartet, a beautiful piece by American composer David Bruce and dulcis in fundo Brahms’glorious clarinet quintet with celebrity clarinettist Julian Bliss.

Gumboots, written in 2008, is a quintet for clarinet and strings in which the composer looks to Gumboot dancing – born out of how black miners in apartheid South Africa, forbidden to speak, communicated by slapping their boots and chains. After a long opening movement of heat haze, come five increasingly complex dances, reverberating with the smack of wood and bow on string and with the wheeling, almost klezmer-like playing of Julian Bliss, who flits seamlessly between regular and bass clarinet. The joyous rhythmic barrage of the finale could almost be out of a Falla Ballet.
Believe me this is a glorious piece that I was determined to bring to Sligo audiences.

The Model booking at 071-9141405 or www.themodel.ie

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Rebecca Kennedy

27 Feb. 2019

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival announces Cairde Young Curators

The Model is pleased to share the news that our friends at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival have launched an exciting new initiative seeking young people to get involved with this year’s arts festival.


-New Initiative Invites Young People to Connect With Sligo Arts Festival Programme

-Join the Cairde team and develop a special element of this year’s festival programme

Ever fancied running a festival or having a peek behind the scenes of a festival? Or wanted to bring your favourite musician or artist to Sligo? Now’s your chance.

Caírde Sligo Arts Festival (CSAF) returns from July 6th to 13th this year. As part of this year’s programme, festival organisers are seeking to connect with younger audiences from across County Sligo.

Cairde Young Curators, is a major new initiative for the festival, focussing on those aged between 14 and 21 years. The Festival is currently inviting young people to join this new initiative and have their input on the Festival programme this summer.

The project will see a team of young curators work with the Festival team to program a special element of this year’s festival. Between now and the end of April the group will meet at the Nest in Sligo town for six sessions, facilitated by artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward. They will research, brainstorm ideas, explore, plan, document, get inspired and select a potential event. This event may come in the form of a live music gig, an interactive workshop, a visual art exhibition or none of the above – most importantly the ideas will come from the team – giving a younger audience an opportunity to have a say in what is on offer during the arts festival.

If you would like to join this group Cairde Sligo Arts Festival invites you to send in a short statement saying why you would like to be get involved by the 18th of March to: cairdeyoungcurators@gmail.com

For more information check out: www.cairdefestival.com or follow @cairdefestival

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25 Feb. 2019

Leonard Barry to perform IMA at The Model

Our next Informal Music Afternoon features Leonard Barry and the Uilleann pipes, and also the dance: The Ciaccona or Chaconne – with examples from a variety of composers including Merula, Bertali, Purcell, Marin Marais, Corelli, Lully and Cazzati. Also Nicola Cleary will perform a Corelli violin sonata.

Leonard Barry, from North Kerry but now Sligo-based, is one of Ireland’s finest uilleann pipers. He has played and taught the pipes in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Leonard has worked with many of Ireland’s leading singer songwriters including Luka Bloom and John Spillane. In this IMA Leonard will introduce this fascinating iconic instrument and something of its solo repertoire.

Sligo Baroque Orchestra will explore the dance form, the Chaconne that first appeared at the end of the 16th Century and evolved throughout the baroque era and beyond appearing in trios for the Royal Bedchamber by Lully, in theatre music by Henry Purcell and as the first movement of a Vivaldi concerto.

Nicola Cleary, just back from taking part in Paris-based Orfeo 55’s latest recording, will perform a Corelli violin sonata.

Informal Music Afternoons are the monthly live music event in Sligo for all who enjoy music, offering always an eclectic mix of music in a relaxed cabaret-style setting. Aiming at musical excellence and convention-free accessibility, and the promise that you will hear something new.

Admission is just €5 and children go free

We hope to see you there,

Informal Music Afternoons are produced by Sligo Baroque Orchestra in partnership with the Model and with support from the Arts Council and Sligo County Council.

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14 Feb. 2019

Valentine's Day at The Model

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we are bringing you a series of three paintings from the Niland Collection that capture love in all its glory. These paintings are currently on show in the exhibition, The Keeper; To have and to hold. This exhibition will continue until 14. Apr.

Stephen and Mary Mc Kenna, 1912 by Mary Duncan

This portrait, which depicts the writer and translator Stephen Mc Kenna (1872–1934), and his American wife Mary, was painted at their home 5 Seaview Terrace, Donnybrook, Dublin by Mary Duncan. Lazing in the backyard on a balmy day, the painting captures the comfort and intimacy the couple shared.

William and Mary, 1946 by Sean Keating

Keating’s first visit to the Aran Islands in 1914 had a deep impact on his life and art. He concluded that the essence of Irishness resided in the inhabitants of the west and in works such as William and Mary where Keating elevated country folk to native nobility. This couple, that may or may not have existed due to Keating’s penchant for re-using his model’s images throughout his work, is possibly the artist’s understanding of an Irish relationship.

Leaving Far Point, 1946 by Jack B. Yeats

Jack Yeats gave this painting to his wife Cottie on her birthday in 1947. Sadly, she passed away just two months later. It shows Yeats, Cottie and his favourite uncle, George Pollexfen, walking at Rosses Point, on the north side of Sligo bay. As George had passed away in 1910, the painting is a merging of memories and desire, bringing together the two most important people in Yeats’ life. In the painting the figures are almost subsumed into the surrounding sea and sky, their forms tenuously delineated in paint, in a manner analogous to the weakness of memory itself.

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1 Feb. 2019

February in Film

This February, The Model presents a selection of world-class films that is sure to please cinephiles of all ages. As well as partnering with Sligo Film Society to bring the very best in foreign film to Sligo audiences, The Model’s Secondary School Film programme is back! The Model is also delighted to present #EUandME, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Eclipse Pictures. This exciting new series of shorts directed by E.U. filmmakers will explore key challenges that facing the European union today. Have your say after the screening in the ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’ – a public panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films.

First up is The Model’s Secondary School Film programme which explores multi-cultural cinematic themes and film in secondary school curricula. On 04. Feb, senior-level French students are invited to attend a screening of Keeper, (2015), an award-winning drama that tells the tale of a teenage couple who must deal with their parents and everyday life when life takes an unpredictable turn. Secondary School Film Screenings are presented in association with IFI Education and are offered at a subsidized rate of €4 per student.

The first February offering from Sligo Film Society comes in the form of a Turkish, French, German and Bulgarian collaboration called ‘The Wild Pear Tree,’ (07. Feb). Upon returning home from college to his Turkish hometown, aspiring writer Sinan discovers that his father’s gambling addiction has brought the family to the brink of financial ruin. Palme d’Or winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan delivers another piece of intelligent and beautiful cinema, which is also a life-affirming and frequently funny meditation on life and the choices people make.

On Valentine’s day, German-made ‘The Captain,’ (14. Feb) takes us back to April 1945: just weeks before the end of World War II. German private Willi Herold is on the run after deserting his post. He happens upon an abandoned vehicle containing a captain’s uniform. Initially putting the outfit on for warmth, he soon finds himself mistaken for an officer with unquestioned power. But how far will he take the impersonation…spend Valentine’s evening at The Model Cinema to find out.

Don’t miss Robert Redford in ‘The Old Man and the Gun’ (21. Feb). This American heist film boasts a powerful performance from Redford who portrays real-life career criminal Forrest Tucker, an unrepentant bank robber out for his last taste of glory.

The final film of February is an Australian production that is being screened across Irish cinemas as a part of the prestigious Dublin International Film Festival tour. ‘The Merger,’ (28.Feb) tells the story of a former star footballer who returns to his hometown only to find his political views aren’t welcome. When he is persuaded to take over coaching the struggling local footy team, his idea to recruit refugees to make up the numbers takes the community on a journey of change.

Last but not least is #EUandME. with screenings for both schools and the public, The Model presents #EUandME, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Eclipse Pictures. #EUandME, (28. Feb) is a special free screening of five short films exploring key challenges from sustainability, to mobility and rights. Directed by leading filmmakers drawn from across the European Union, #EUandMe is a “timely exploration of some of the most pressing issues of our time”. The screening will be followed by a ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’ – a public panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films. Speakers will be announced closer to the date. An early screening for school students will take place at 11.30am and a general public screening will take place at 6pm.

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31 Jan. 2019

Susan Hillar 1940 - 2019

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

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