Like Nothing Before: Radical Art events for Sligo

A flurry of radical art events this September hosted by The Model

Friday September 25th and Saturday September 26th 2009

Key projects organised by The Model will occupy the city of Sligo on Friday, and the Leitrim countryside the following day. All events have been organised in association with Culture Night Sligo.

Reverse Pedagogy, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, 2008.Photo credit: Paul ButlerReverse Pedagogy opens on Friday at The Model Satellite. This project was previously produced at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In all versions, diverse artists gather together in the form of a residency to produce artwork, to educate one another, and to conspire in opposition to traditional art educational models. In the “general pursuit of anything but work in a quantifiable sense,” the heart of the project is semi-collaborative, improvised projects and exhibitions that eventually open to the public for full participation: On Culture Night, artists and public will be interacting together creatively.

Saturday afternoon and evening, Gracelands is an outdoor art programme on the grounds of the Mimetic House, Dromahair Co. Leitrim. In its second year, the 2009 theme is “Folly,” referring to acts of madness, architectural conversation pieces, or theatrical presentations. The event includes readings and performances, commissioned sculpture and soundworks, and artists’ film and video, all presented in a convivial festival atmosphere. Some projects commence the night before during Culture Night in Sligo. Gracelands is curated by Vaari Claffey

Gracelands 2008 Lineup, Mimetic House, Dromahair, Leitrim, 2008Photo credit: Tom WeirOther events taking place include ‘Beautiful Unit’, a surprise guerilla gig in the centre of Sligo on Culture Night, a showcase of Young Model short-films and BIG Art Project- an outdoor exhibition and special screening on the hoarding engages children who consider the future of The Model.

The Model acknowledges the support of the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Sligo Borough Council. Sligo Arts Service / Culture Night, Sligo Leader, the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, and Resource House Project, Cranmore