The Model Seeks Applications for a Cafe in a Cultural Centre



The Model is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation that welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year. Our building is an architectural flagship that houses a world-class art collection, internationally renowned artistic programming and initiatives. With extensive facilities including gallery spaces, a cinema / theatre, a year-round programme of exhibitions, education and music events and festivals, The Model is a social and creative hub in Ireland’s North West.

We are seeking expressions of interest from excellent café operators to provide a unique offering of food and drink of the highest quality; specifically high-end, organic or locally sourced produce, with well-considered vegetarian and vegan options. The café should be a unique commercial operation that specializes in creative local, artisanal food and we especially welcome an innovative approach with an ethos that complements that of The Model.The café is offered under a Licence Agreement. Terms & Conditions are favourable and can be negotiated with the right operator.

Expressions of Interest are invited from suitable operators by 12 noon on Monday 16 May 2022. They should be in PDF format and comprise the following:

  • A detailed sample menu
  • A well-considered Business Plan & Marketing Strategy
  • A CV or organisational profile


Further information and Expressions of Interest: Aga Sikorzak


Volunteer Scheme

The Model is looking for enthusiastic people who have a few hours to spare each week to join The Model’s volunteer scheme.

If you are interested in meeting people, getting a better understanding and experience of the arts and would like to make a worthwhile contribution to Sligo’s cultural life, The Model would love to hear from you.

Click here for more information on the role of the The Model invigilator.

Click here to download a volunteer application form

Please contact:

The Model is delighted to partner with Sligo Volunteer Centre for the recruitment of volunteers to our Get Involved programme.


Exhibitions Assistant

The Model is currently seeking applications for the position of Exhibitions Assistant. The role involves assisting the curatorial team to deliver the exhibition programme; supporting the management of The Niland Collection; researching, developing and delivering exhibition tours; providing information on the visual art programme to front of house staff and volunteers; as well as day-to-day administration of the visual art department.

A strong interest in visual art, good written and verbal communication skills, numeric and computer skills, and an enjoyment of working with the public are essential. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to prioritise within a team environment, has a responsible, flexible and conscientious attitude and values attention to detail. While previous experience is an asset, this is an entry level position and training will be provided.

*This position is offered under the Department of Social Protection Community Employment Scheme and the standard working week is 19.5 hours. The workweek will regularly include weekends and evenings, and a flexible attitude is required. Please confirm your eligibility with your local INTREO Office before applying for this position*

To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and letter of outlining your interest and suitability for the role to Frankie Moran via by Monday 20 June

Exhibitions Assistant Job Description:

• Provide administrative support in the exhibitions department; working with artists, technical staff and the curatorial team to plan and install art exhibitions including painting, sculpture and multi-media
• Prepare artists’ contracts and loan agreements
• Book transport, and oversee packing and unpacking of art works
• Compile condition reports on art works
• Organise travel and accommodation for visitors to The Model
• Maintain The Niland Collection database
• Where required, research and write information for exhibitions / webtexts / publicity information
• Research and developing the collection archive
• Coordinate opening events, book launches, artists talks and other events as necessary
• Research contemporary and collection exhibitions to deliver tours to the public, and to provide reference material and training to the invigilation team, Front of House and other staff.
• Monitor items on display
• Organise documentation and records of exhibitions
• Any other reasonable duties required to support the curatorial team

Further details available at


Front of House Assistant

To work closely with The Model’s Front of House Manager in order coordinate The Model reception and to aid in the maintenance of a high standard of customer/visitor satisfaction and promotion of all events at the Model. Good communication, organisation and computer skills are key to this role. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative. A background in sales, tourism or a service industry is an advantage, as is an interest in the arts. Training will be provided to the successful candidate

Duties to include:

• To assist in the management of the reception desk including greeting visitors, answering phones and passing on messages to staff.
• To sell tickets to all Model events via our online ticketing service
• To coordinate the delivery and to update a programme information folder for Front of House staff each season.
• To develop and foster good relationships with the public and to act as a public face for The Model as required
• To ensure that the public are aware of the importance of donations in allowing us to deliver our programme.
• To work as a duty officer for occasional evening performance events including greeting and welcoming artists, monitoring and managing ticket sales, liaising with technical personnel and audiences.
• To provide Saturday and Sunday cover for Front of House as needed.
• To be fully informed about all Model activities and programmes – training will be provided.
• To coordinate mail shots: invitations, events brochures, etc.
• To be responsible for opening and closing the building as needed.
• To provide general administrative support to the Deputy Director as required.

The position is available under the Department of Social Protection’s Community Employment Scheme and requires nineteen and a half hours per week. The workweek will include some weekends and evenings.
*Please confirm your eligibility with your local INTREO Office before applying for this position*
To apply please send an up to date CV and Cover Letter to by 5pm on Monday 28 June.

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