2 Feb. 2018

Fun for children and families at the Model this Spring

We are thrilled to release details of our Spring education programme at The Model.

The Sligo Children’s Book Festival will take place throughout the month of March. Highlights at The Model include Monkeyshine Theatre’s The Magic Bookshop, an original Zine exhibition of the Cranmore Youth City, and pop-up secret screenings for children. More details coming very soon!

ArtTrap makes a return on Sundays 11 & 18 Mar. ArtTrap is a perfect space for children to innovate using art-making processes with artist Sinéad O’Hanlon and luxury designer Ana Faye. find out more>>

An ArtTrap Sunday Family Easter Special will take place on Sun. 25 March – come along and create your very own Fabergé-style Easter egg. This Family Day Special includes lunch, followed by a secret screening at 2pm. All craft materials are provided but there will be limited places available for the workshop so booking closes Friday, 23rd March. find out more>>

During the Easter holidays, The Model will partner with yoga instructor Louise Waters and artist Sinead O’Hanlon, to present an Easter Camp with a blend of Art and Yoga from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th of April. find out more>>

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon Re, our new Education Assistant. Re is a Limerick artist who graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2016. She was selected as artist-in-schools on our ground-breaking Punc 1×1 programme. PUNC 1×1 places works from the Niland Collection on display in seven participating schools. We are delighted that Shannon has joined The Model team.

Speaking of schools, Teachers and students are invited to book a specialised tour and gallery discussion, to explore The Model’s contemporary exhibition Turbulence. We also host a multi-cultural film programme which supports film in secondary school curricula with screenings for Spanish and French students, find out more>>

And last but not least – suitable for families, early years, schools and groups – the ever-popular History of Play by artist Eamon O’Kane is back after a brief hiatus. Open daily, this three-dimensional installation invites children of all ages to interact with the work through free-play and creativity. find out more>>

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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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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