Autumn programme revealed

Now that we have settled back into our beautiful building and reopened our cafe, we have an exciting programme in store for audiences this Autumn season with exhibitions, screenings, performances, podcasts, talks, children’s activities and a book launch. Plan your free visit today!

Book Launch – Alison Pilkington; I Build My Own Island
Sat. 9 Oct. 5pm

The Model warmly invites you to the launch of I Build My Own Island, a new publication by Alison Pilkington, designed by Niall Sweeney of Pony Designs. This very special artist’s book which accompanies Pilkington’s exhibition at The Model includes an essay by Francis McKee, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, and will be available to purchase at a discounted price on the night!

Drinks will be served and staff will greet patrons at the entrance to check Covid passports.

Andy Parsons; Patience
Opening Sat. 23 Oct. 4pm

We are delighted to present an exhibition of newly made work by the artist Andy Parsons. In 2019 The Model commissioned Parsons to be Artist in Residence at Sligo University Hospital where he engaged staff, patients and families in creative activities and conversations. He particularly focused on the Renal Ward, where patients who were undergoing dialysis were enabled to explore creativity through experiments in painting and drawing.

Alongside this work, the artist developed a body of drawings, paintings and sculptures that trace the many stories at the heart of hospital life. The residency was supported by The Model, Creative Ireland, Sligo, and the Arts Council.

Angela Su, The Afterlife of Rosy Leavers, 2017 
Sat. 23 Oct. – Thu. 23 Dec.

We are pleased to present the work of Hong Kong based artist Angela Su in Ireland for the first time. Hallucinations, mental illness, doppelgängers and artificial intelligence all congeal in Rosy’s life story in this intriguing and thought provoking screening of her film work The Afterlife of Rosy Leavers.

Patrick Hall; Beginnings
Sat. 23 Oct. – Thu. 23 Dec.

Patrick Hall, Beginnings, curated by the artist’s long-time friend and fellow painter Nick Miller, reflects on an artistic career defined by an unknowable and undefinable spirit. From Hall’s emergence as an artist in Spain in the late 1960s, to new beginnings that continue today against the odds in his studio in rural Co Sligo, this show celebrates a unique artistic voice and vision.

Save the Date: Artists’ Talk – Patrick Hall and Nick Miller – Sat. 6 Nov. 2pm

The Model Podcast

Encounters with Jack Butler Yeats 
Launching Wed. 6 Oct.

To mark the 150th anniversary of his birth, The Model is pleased to present Encounters with Jack B Yeats a series of Podcasts and Radio Plays, that explore Yeats’ work through a contemporary lens. The 6-Episode series, which is kindly funded by the Decade of Centenaries Programme (2013-2023) launches on Wed. 6 October and runs weekly thereafter.

The series features rediscovered original audio of Yeats in conversation with curator Thomas MacGreevy; reenacted source material by Yeats’ peer, the writer and activist Dorothy Macardle; alongside contemporary responses by artists Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty; Seamus Harahan & Owen Kilfeather; theatre practitioner Isabel Claffey; and actors Ciarán McCauley and Bob Kelly. 

Artist Breakfast Club
Wed. 6 Oct. 11am.

To be held via Zoom. Your invitation will be sent via the email address you use during booking. Book now

We are delighted to host aemi at our next Artist Breakfast Club on Wed October 6th, in what will be the first ABC session to look at moving image and experimental film. Film curators aemi will discuss their practice, artist opportunities and their curated screening programme ‘Signals & Circuits’ showing at The Model in our gallery cinema space until October 10th.

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Branar Téatar do Pháistí
Pop-Up Niland Collection Schools Programme
Sep. 2021 – May 2022

We continue our long-term schools’ programme Pop-Up Niland Collection with Branar Téatar do Pháistí who we have especially commissioned to lead Sligo primary schools children in creative play and theatre-making in their own classrooms, in response to Jack Butler Yeats’ beloved painting The Toy Theatre from The Niland Collection.

This innovative, fun and educational project, which will develop new skills in Visual Art, Story-Telling, Theatre, Design and Technology, will be delivered online by Branar Director Marc MacLochlainn, enabling each classroom to work at their own pace. To sign your class up, please email

Museum of Pirate Puppets
Until Dec. 2021

Children are invited to make a pirate puppet and exhibit their puppet in our new Museum of Pirate Puppets, an immersive exhibition for kids at The Model, illustrated by Time Travel Theatre.

Watch our specially made video for inspiration!

Film Programme for Primary and Pre-Schools
How to Catch a Star, by Oliver Jeffers

Mon. 29 Nov. – Fri. 10 Dec.

In partnership with Branar Téatar do Pháisti, The Model are delighted to present a visually stunning new film version of Branar’s acclaimed production of How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. A virtual production, which offers schools in Sligo the opportunity to experience this unique and well loved story.

Suitable for pre-school to second class, this is the story of a boy who was always looking up and who dreamt of having a star as a friend. To experience the magic of this adventure, the film will be available to stream to classrooms between Monday, 29th November and Friday, 10th December 2021. Schools can book to receive access to the filmed production for a full week, as well as a dedicated online educational resource for pre- and post-engagement.

Please contact for booking details.

Con Brio Music Series welcomes back
The Callino Quartet
Calry Church

Thu. 7 Oct. 8pm €23 / student rate: €10

Helena Winkelman, Tom Hankey (violins), Becky Jones (viola) and Sarah McMahon (cello). Since its formation the Callino Quartet has been impressing international audiences and critics alike with their bold, imaginative and sensitive performances. The Callinos are no strangers to Sligo audiences having played here many times.  Book here

The Callino Quartet
The Callino Quartet

Informal Music Afternoons
Sundays. 3 Oct.; 7 Nov. & 5 Dec. 1pm, €8

Live at The Model with The Jamulus String Quartet and ‘These Foolish Things’. Informal Music Afternoons are a series of monthly events, presented in partnership with Sligo Baroque Orchestra, where an eclectic mix of music is performed in the welcoming space of The Model’s Atrium. Book now

The Jamulus String Quartet
The Jamulus String Quartet

Coming soon

  • SPILT MILK Festival, Fri. 18 – Sun. 21 Nov.
  • Kieran Quinn’s Teenage Theme Nights, Fri. 26 & Sat. 27 Nov. 8pm
  • Music residency with Elizabeth Hilliard – 1 – 29 Nov. 2021