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 19 May – 19 August 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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11 Jan. 2018

New season of film at The Model Cinema

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

Sligo Film Society returns to The Model for the second edition of it’s 2017/2018 film programme, with a new season of 14 titles which commences this Thursday 11 January. The season runs until 19 April, with films from around the world including Bulgaria, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Senegal, UK and US but there is also a strong Irish flavour. Membership will be open on the first night to avail of a concessionary ticket for all 14 films but it is also possible to pay per screening, tickets cost just €8 or €6 (unwaged, retired, students).

The opening film is the timely ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’, based on the memoire by actor Peter Turner of his on-off relationship with Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame, whose career faded when she got blacklisted in the 1950s. This love story lays the foundations for a slew of films exploring similar themes, some conventional others unconventional from critics’ darling, the sumptuously filmed ‘Call Me By Your Name’, the Irish crowd-pleaser ‘Sanctuary’, winner of Best First Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh (2016) and offbeat rom-com ‘Rosalie Blum’. Providing a slight tonal shift amongst these is Norwegian thriller ‘Thelma’, this supernatural fantasy is wrapped up in a coming-of-age drama.

From there a number of films use the bond of family to examine tales of human nature and morality. In particular, three female-focused stories tell of resilience – ‘Félicité’, ‘The Florida Project’, ‘The Devine Order’; Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos looks at retribution when teen Barry Keoghan invites himself into Colin Farrell’s picture-perfect domestic idyll in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’; turning their eye on middle-class selfishess are Michael Haneke’s black comedy ‘Happy End’ and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’.

From Bulgaria, government corruption and the urban-rural social divide is given over to dark comedy in ‘Glory’ when a loner railroad worker becomes the focus for a media-circus after finding a bag load of cash, while social satire ‘The Square’ went away from Cannes with the top prize last year, finally the season ends with the recent Golden Globe winning ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Directed by London-Irish theatre stalwart Martin McDonagh, with a stirring performance from Frances McDormund as an enraged mother seeking justice in the case of her daughter’s unsolved murder, it will surely be in the hunt for Oscars later in the spring.

All screenings commence at 8pm, The Model Café will be open ahead of each screening serving drinks and refreshments.

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19 Dec. 2017

Punc 1x1 at Sligo School Project

This month, Sligo School Project responded to the artworks in a series of interactive workshops, examining and experimenting with intriguing aspects of the three paintings which were on display in their school this autumn. In the workshops 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class students explored ideas, textures and colour with an amazing sense of curiosity.

Their passionate engagement prompted a whole range of suggested names for the painting currently on display in their school. Below are some of their unique and creative suggestions for what the title could be:

Witches Cottage
View from a Distance
The Lost Orphanage
Deirdre’s House
Finders Keepers
Middle of Nowhere
Long Long Ago
House Stuck in Time
Fairytale House

Do you think you could guess the title of this painting? A witch’s cottage, Deirdre’s house, possibly in the North West of Ireland, Sligo or even a mythical island off it’s coast? We would love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below!

Shannon Re has been appointed as artist-in-schools for the Punc 1×1 project. Re has worked in Limerick on many schools and children’s programmes since qualifying with a B.A. Fine Arts at Limerick School of Art and Design. We are delighted that she is working with us in this capacity. See some of her images which document her first visit with Sligo School Project last week.

Re is visiting each of the seven participating schools throughout the year and will be inviting pupils to respond to the artworks on display in their school through workshops and lively discussions.
Unfolding, throughout the 2017/2018 academic year PUNC1×1 is a unique county-wide outreach programme initiated by The Model.
Seven works from The Niland Collection are currently on display in participating schools. The pop-up 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 artwork with only their imagination to guide them!Participating Schools in 2017/2018 are Ardkeeran N.S., Carbury N.S., Cliffoney N.S., Rathcormac N.S., Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Scoil Naomh Molaise and Sligo School Project.

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12 Dec. 2017

Lankum - Interview

Lankum are one of the most intriguing bands to ever spring from Irish soil. During their Irish winter tour, before they took to the stage at The Model Sligo, Rebecca Kennedy sat down with Ian to talk tours, fans and tradition.

How’s the tour going?
It’s going really good. It’s really enjoyable. We are playing a lot of iconic venues around Ireland; Cleere’s in Kilkenny, The Spirit Store in Dundalk, Connolly’s in West Cork. We haven’t played so much in Ireland so much in the last year. We go to the U.K. a lot and play in other countries so it’s really good fun to catch up with friends and having a laugh.

What kind of audience are you seeing at your gigs?

We’ve always had a very big mix of different types of people coming to our gigs everywhere. If we play in Dublin or we play in London or Scotland. It’s really funny because you see really heavy metallers sitting beside 70-year-old traditional singers. And you’ll be thinking, ‘Where else would you see those two sitting beside each other in any other kind of gig?’ It’s really positive. We get a mix of different age groups and different people that are into our gigs and it’s been like that since we started playing together.

How did your audience re-act when you were signed to Rough Trade? Was there a fear that joining a major label would change the fabric of the music?

Rough Trade have been great. It’s a really legendary label, like they’ve been going since 1976 and they are still independent. I can imagine with any other big label they might be trying to get you to change the music in someway. But rough trade they said right from the get-go, ‘we love what you do, were not going to tell you how to do it.’ And they didn’t, whatever we wanted, like a 12-minute ballad they were like grand. We didn’t want a barcode on the front of the album, they said that’s grand, we will put it on a sticker on the back. We’ve always been a band that’s focused on the songs. We keep the compositions sparse because all the magic you already need in the song itself.

Lankum follow the old Irish tradition of collecting songs. How does that process work?

We spend a lot of time going to special singing gigs. We go a lot to Donegal, especially the Inishowen peninsula. They have really nice ballad singing weekends and monthly sessions as well. We just like travelling around and spending time with older singers, it’s really great craic as well. Most of the songs that are on the new album are songs we heard people singing and we would ask them if we could we write them down. We spend a lot of time trawling through archives & going through older print collections to find songs. It’s one of my favorite ways to pass the time. I would have grown up in that type of environment where anytime the family was together, someone was singing for the craic. It didn’t even need to be traditional songs; it just needed to be someone singing to pass the time. That’s why we have such a taste for it.

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6 Dec. 2017

Turbulence: Rebecca Kennedy reports on the opening celebrations

On Dec. 01, The Model celebrated the opening of our new major contemporary art exhibition with a spectacular array of events. Turbulence is a major exhibition that explores the way in which contemporary artists are responding to the refugee crisis today. The exhibition features work by artists Rossella Biscotti, Elaine Hoey, Gulsun Karamustafa, Naiza Khan, Eoin McHugh, Cengiz Tekin, Sarah Wood and Jack Butler Yeats.

Given the concept behind Turbulence, it seemed only fitting that Sligo Global Kitchen would kick off the opening by doing what S.G.K. does best; serving up a variety of mouth-watering tapas. A crèche facilitated by Model volunteers Binta Sow, Fatma Dogan and Niamh Gowran was set up in the education room. Those of us who had been to Sligo Global Kitchen at The Model before were aware of its ever-growing audience. By 4pm, the atrium was filled to the brim. Such was the crowd that the queue snaked passed the café and lead straight through to the bottom of the staircase. The S.G.K. crew on hand; Nkeka Cummings, Funmi Oluwadara and Sara Batiglag handled the gathering with grace and patience.

By 4.30pm, our patience was rewarded and everyone was seated. One of the many reasons why SGK has enjoyed success since it’s inception has been the unity that is shared over a meal. Indeed, there was unity among us, what with strangers sitting with strangers and enjoying some homemade food with a glass of wine, but there was also an unmistakable spirit of solidarity.

To officiate the opening, actor & writer Donal O’ Kelly took to the balcony and preformed a specially created performance piece in response to the ideas behind Turbulence. He later said that he was “Honoured to be part of the opening event of such an important exhibition as Turbulence, and to try to amplify the voices of those deliberately silenced and isolated among us, such as refugees and asylum-seekers in Direct Provision.”

Following Donal O’ Kelly’s enigmatic performance S.G.K.’s project coordinator, Mabel Chah sung an original song entitled ‘burning coal,’ that left the entire artrium silent. When the performances had come to a close, Turbulence was officially opened to the public with a speech from The Model’s chairperson, Dr. Bláithín Gallagher.

Elaine Hoey’s VR piece ‘The Weight of Water’ caused a particular stir. This piece, which uses virtual reality technology puts the partcipant in the position of a refugee in a boat, suffering through the infamously treacherous journey to Europe. Yvonne Eames, who attended the exhibition, told us why she found this piece particularly moving. “I’m a solicitor and I work with refugees at the legal aid board,’ said Mrs. Eames. ‘I thought Elaine Hoey’s ‘The Weight of Water’, was very evocative. It wasn’t brash, it was simplistic and that helped insulate the experience. I hope that this powerful piece will go on to create real change in how we view and treat refugees in Irish society.”

Sprawling across the entirety of The Model upper galleries, Turbulence is not only a mammoth exhibition in it’s size, but also in it’s concept. Within the exhibition, mass movement is explored from the perspective of some of contemporay arts most interesting artists. The refugee crisis effects us all, from old to young, which is why we thought we’d ask one of the youngest visitor’s of the opening, what she thought of it all. Annie Spearman, who attended the exhibition at the ripe age of 17, had this to say on the matter. “The exhibition was really engaging and complex but it still managed to make the refugee crisis relatable to me” said Annie, “The opening was really good; Mabel’s song was beautiful. It made me cry!”

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22 Nov. 2017

PUNC 1x1 at Ardkeeran National School

Unfolding, throughout the 2017/2018 academic year PUNC1×1 is a unique county-wide outreach programme initiated by The Model.
Seven works from The Niland Collection are currently on display in participating schools.The pop-up 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 got off to a great start in October with very creative responses from Cliffoney National School, North Sligo. This month we report to you from Ardkeeran National School who were busy examining the intriguing aspects of the mysterious faces in the painting in their school throughout the month of November. Their engagement has prompted some very profound response texts, observations and drawings from the pupils:

“I think this painting is about mixed races coming together. It looks like they are wearing black and white. I think its mixed race coming together.”
“It has two people with closed eyes. I thought it could be Jack B Yeats and WB Yeats both of whom are dead. I think it’s sad and gloomy as its about death…”

“I think the painter was depressed as it shows a sad looking man looking out of the painting. It also has dark colours like black and blue. Usually an artist used these colours when they are unhappy. I think the painting is highly unusual as it shows two faces.”
“I think the inspiration was racism which was huge around the world. She may have been inspired by the Great famine because the people were poor and malnourished in the picture.”

“I think that this picture is amazing but it also raises a lot of questions. I think the inspiration is two people who are very poor and are deep down in the Arigna Mines covered in coal. The colours are very dark and it really gets you thinking”

“It appears that the artist is called Anne Yeats. She may have been inspired by the blacks and whites in the US. The artist may have created the painting as she was depressed and she wanted to paint something dark to express her feelings. I think she went through a blue and black period. I looked closely and saw the words “Two in Dark” and this is what the painting is called. This painting made me feel sad because the expression on people’s faces is sad and gloomy. Round the edge of the painting it is blue and it makes me feel happy ad elated.“

Participating Schools in 2017/2018 are Ardkeeran N.S., Carbury N.S., Cliffoney N.S., Rathcormac N.S., Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Scoil Naomh Molaise and Sligo School Project.

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21 Nov. 2017

Daniel Chester - Open Studio

There is a contemplative, sublime and somewhat sombre quality in Daniel Chester’s landscapes. When shown during the 2016 Cairde festival, his large-scale rural landscapes emanated a beauty that was both haunting and tender, it was no surprise then, when Chester became the recipient of The Model Cara Award 2016, a unique prize which is an invitation to the artist to develop a project in The Model’s process room.

Usually, residencies entail an artist taking over some private quarters, however on this occasion the Leitrim-based artist decided to base himself in The Model process room, turning it into a place of work. Casting open the metaphorical (and physical) doors in order to dissolve the barriers that separate the artist from the audience, the artist has created an “open studio” where the public can observe and interact with the artist at work. It’s concept is live, interactive visual art, that deliberately blurs the lines between process and performance.

Throughout the month of November, Chester has the run of the process room; a large, bright space with twin windows that naturally lends itself as a studio. For the duration of his residency, his space is open to the public (daily 10am – 2pm). As well as presenting an oppountinity for Chester to meet his curious audience, the open studio presents an unique chance to observe Chester’s working process as his pieces unfold before us. It’s a fascinating concept, the idea that we can simply observe as Chester creates his sobering & oppressive pieces, attempting to pinpoint the exquisite moment in which they become emotionally shattering.

So come along and see Daniel Chester, he will be working in the Process Room 10am-2pm daily until 02 Dec. The pieces that Chester complete in The Model will be on display in the process room till late December. See reception for details.

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Rebecca Kennedy

10 Nov. 2017

The Model's Education Autumn/Winter Programme has arrived!

The Model is delighted to announce the arrival of the 2017 Winter/Autumn education programme! This season will see the return of some educational classics like Sligo Latin Dance, Sligo Global Kitchen, a season Family Special, as well as some fantastic new workshops for children on Sundays.

Join Dr Marie Bourke, (Curator of Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art currently on view at The national Gallery), on Thursday 16th Nov. for a talk on this leading water colourist of the Pre-Raphaelite era including his work in the West of Ireland. Burton’s 1864 work, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was voted Ireland’s favourite painting by the public in 2012. More here

This season sees the return of the much loved ArtTrap, a Sunday programme of workshops for children. Facilitated by artists Ana Faye and Sinead O’ Hanlon, this series of fun creative activities is designed to encourage children to explore the galleries and learn about contemporary art through making, experimenting and discussion. ArtTrap is a series of five unique workshops which will take place from Sunday 19th Nov. to 10th Dec. 12.30am – 2pm. €15 per class.

Daniel Chester, recipient of the Cara Visual Award 2016 is Artist-in-Residence in The Model Process room throughout November. Chester will run an Open Studio at The Model’s Process Room between 10am-2pm daily until 02 Dec, where the public have the chance to watch this talented painter at work and talk to him about his ideas and techniques. An artist’s talk with Daniel Chester will take place at The Model on Thursday 16 November at 2pm.

Running out of ideas for this year’s Christmas decorations? Then you have come to the right place! The Model is hosting a Family Day Christmas Special. This will be a fun-filled cracker of a workshop that promises to sparkle with Christmas magic. And just to top it all, the workshop will be followed by a Christmas film for all the family in The Model cinema. Family Day will take place on Sun. 17 Dec., 11.30am – 3pm. €10 for one adult + one child/ €2 per additional child.

Sligo Global Kitchen (SGK) is back! SGK is an art and food project, bringing diverse and multi-cultural communities together at a communal table. So bring your friends and family along and discover new tastes & flavours at Sligo’s most communal table. SGK takes place at 3pm on 18 Nov. & 16 Dec. Sligo Global Kitchen will also cater for the opening of Turbulence, a major exhibition opening at the Model on Sat. 02 Dec.

Sligo Latin Dance is making its much-anticipated return at last! These sessions are an introduction to Latin Dance taught by Loander and Jesus, Latin dancers from Venezuela. Learn to Salsa, Merengue, and Bacheta in a fun, ambient environment. The classes include complimentary classic Venezuelan “mocktails” and mini tapas. The classes are held on Thursdays from the 14. Nov-19. Dec. 11am-12pm, €5.

In partnership with the Irish Film Institute, a film programme for secondary school students will focus on both German and French – The Wild Soccer Bunch, a German coming of age tale and My life As A Courgette, a beautifully animated Swiss/French will be showing on 11am, Thu. 23 Nov and Thu. 7. Dec. respectively.

The exciting pop-up Niland Collection programme Punc 1×1 will continue to unfold throughout the year in schools throughout the county. Schools are also invited to visit our wonderful collection of art and tour our contemporary exhibitions all year round. Please contact The Model for more details on our tour programme.

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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: 
Hatachi
Mr. Nobody’s Hat
The Haunted Hat
The Poacher’s Hat
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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