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Like Nothing Before: A flurry of radical art events this September hosted by The Model

Friday September 25th & 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 organised in association with Culture Night Sligo.

Reverse Pedagogy opens 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. Curated by Vaari Claffey and co-produced by The Model.
Beautiful Unit - The Irish Times recommend that you “Don’t let this one pass you by.” Beautiful Unit will stage a surprise guerrilla gig in the centre of Sligo on Culture Night.

Young Model - Short Films – Youth from a new media collective screen their short films in Wolf on Arm, a temporary Model studio space, on Friday. All films were made in recent workshops with artists, musicians and filmmakers and give a snapshot of Young Sligo.

BIG Art Project – A precursor to The Model building re-opening, this outdoor art exhibition and special film screening on the hoarding engages children who consider the future of The Model.

For info, travel queries & schedules, visit www.modelart.ie, or email emer.mcgarry@modelart.ie
All events are organised in association with Culture Night Sligo. Further information for all Culture Night events will be released in August through the Sligo Arts Office.
The Model acknowledges the support of the Arts Council, the Sligo Local Authority, the Sligo Arts Office, Culture Night, Sligo Leader, the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, and Resource House Project, Cranmore.

Dean Baldwin, Katie Bethune-Leaman, Paul Butler, and Swintak (Canada); Mark Garry,
Bea McMahon and Fiona Marron (Ireland); Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir (Iceland)

The Model is distinctive in Ireland as a multi-disciplinary arts organisation that is led by the contemporary visual arts, houses a major art collection of national importance, produces an innovative contemporary music programme, and hosts a film programme - all of which are mediated through an integrated Education programme. The Model is recognised internationally for its standards of excellence.

Works for The Model’s major redevelopment are to be completed in December 2009. To read more about the redevelopment please visit our website or our blog (search for redevelopment) http://sligomodelblog.wordpress.com

While the main building is undergoing redevelopment, The Model is running an ambitious offsite programme in a number of buildings around Sligo. The Model Satellite, one of these buildings, is three floors of exhibition space being used for the contemporary exhibition and music programme. Situated in Castle House on Castle Street, the Model Satellite is in the heart of central Sligo.
The current exhibition (until August 16th) is Medium Religion – an international, provocative project that tackles religion and its representations today.

Sligo was invited by the Department of Arts Sport and Tourism (DAST) to join 11 towns & cities in Ireland to host Culture Night on 25th September 2009. Established in Dublin a number of years ago and extended to 3 further locations in 2008 – Cork, Galway, Limerick, an important element to the success of the culture night concept is the concentration of cultural organisations in an area able to offer a broad range of cultural activities and it is considered that Sligo City has the required cultural mass to host a successful Culture Night in 2009. The event will be co-ordinated by Sligo Arts Service, Sligo County Councl, with a working group comprising the cultural organisations in Sligo City. An important focus will be to encourage the public to experience cultural activities in their city, free of charge, up to 10pm on Friday 25th September.

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism in partnership with the Arts Service of Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council. http://www.culturenight.ie

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