About this Blog

This blog is hosted and written by The Model, Home of the Niland Collection, in Sligo, one of the leading contemporary cultural centres in Ireland. On it you’ll find details of upcoming projects, news of new events we’re hosting, and pieces about work trips and research that the Model programming team are involved in.

This blog is all new to us and we hope it will be a good way for you to stay in contact with us in a year when we are closed and don’t have a front desk for you to drop by and chat. Do let us know what you think and if it all works out we’d plan to continue with the blog when we re-open.

In case you reached this blog without going through our site here’s some background info. Built in 1862 as a Model School, the present building of The Model was completely refurbished, extended and reopened to wide acclaim in 2000. The award winning building has been home ever since to the impressive Niland Art Collection, featuring works by John and Jack B. Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le Broquy among others.

The Model is currently closed to facilitate an exciting and innovative redevelopment and we will re-open in mid 2009. The future vision is to create a flagship contemporary arts space that is, in all its activities, dynamic, innovative and inclusive, with an artistic programme that will play a defining role in pushing forward Ireland’s cultural future.

The Future model will be a world-class cultural centre with an unparalleled visitor experience marking Sligo on the international cultural map. This redevelopment will finally allow the Model to meet its future ambitions by upgrading and improving the building. Major changes include a new purpose built performance space, a new education space for workshops and projects, 9 new artist’s studios and a new destination restaurant. See the website for full plans.

The Model’s redevelopment is part of a truely vibrant project for Sligo, which is being led by Sligo County Council. The redevelopment to the Model building costs in the region of €7million and represents a significant investment in the future of Sligo by the Borough and County Councils.

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