Changes to Yeats Summer Programme

We have today announced the postponement of our planned Jack B. Yeats exhibition, The Outsider, which was set to open later this month. The exhibition, guest curated by Brian O’Doherty, will instead take place in the spring of 2011.

We will be proceeding with our planned irish premiere of Duncan Campbell’s award-winning new film installation Make It New John, which tells the story of the DeLorean car; its creator John DeLorean, and the workers of the Belfast-based car plant who built it. Campbell’s compelling 2003 work Falls Burns Malone Fiddles will also be shown as part of the exhibition.

Running alongside this, however, will be a new show, drawn from Yeats work within The Niland Collection. Entitled The Living Ginger: The Characters of Jack B. Yeats , this exhibition will run from 25th July to 17th October. As part of this show, a symposium, entitled ‘Sectarianism and Identity in Ireland Today’, will take place on 11th September. Chaired by Francis McKee, it will explore socio-political themes that arise from Jack B. Yeats’ work.

The postponement of ‘The Outsider’ arises from some minor problems with The Model’s new environmental system and, to this end, a decision has been taken not to run the exhibition until the conditions for exhibiting the sensitive and valuable Yeats works are optimal.

The Director of The Model, Séamus Kealy, said that the centre very much regretted having to postpone ‘The Outsider’, but that it would be irresponsible to proceed with exhibiting such valuable works if there was any potential risk to their integrity. “In spite of our regrettable decision, The Model’s summer programme �€� comprising film, featured works from the Niland Collection, music and children’s projects �€� still makes our spectacular, newly developed space an attractive and compelling place to visit over the coming months,” he said.

Jack B. Yeats – The Living Ginger, and associated tours, workshops and symposium are part of the Yeatsian Legacy Project which is delivered by Sligo Arts Service, The Model & partners. The project is supported by the PEACE III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee.