It's been nearly a year since The Model opened its redeveloped building to the public. The Model celebrates its one-year anniversary with "May Day at The Model" on Sunday May 1st. "May Day at The Model" will be a full day of free, public events, including exhibitions, concerts, screenings and performances.
The Model’s Director/Curator Séamus Kealy noted the transformations for one of Ireland’s leading contemporary cultural centres in the past year: “The Model continues to evolve, now including a cinema and an innovative, live music space. The Model cinema, in association with the Irish Film Institute, has been popular with audiences across the North West, so we are adding Friday nights for our films. The Model’s music and events programme has led to a wide variety of gigs including a sell-out show for BellX1, the Sligo New Music Festival and the return of the very popular Craic in the Box. There is something for everybody at The Model.”
The Model reopened last summer with “Dorm,” an inventive exhibition and collective project that featured a public sleepover in the building. This project established the openness and ethos of accessibility that The Model is known nationally for, while delivering international and local programming. Other highlights last year were the large-scale exhibition, Angelology, by world-renowned artists Ilya and Emelia Kabakov, and The Outsider, currently at The Model, which is the largest retrospective of Jack B. Yeats’ work in forty years, also Duncan Campbell’s film “Make It New John” (which The Model co-commissioned), and many music and education events.
The Model now has two dining options in the building. A new café, Slice@TheModel, has opened under the steerage of award-winning chef Gary Stafford, known for his enterprise Lyons Café in Sligo. Slice@TheModel offers casual dining option to visitors to The Model as well as an evening bistro and wine bar for gigs and The Model cinema. Last October, Conrad’s Kitchen, run by Michelin star chef Conrad Gallagher, opened at The Model, and continues to be a destination restaurant.
Seamus Kealy continued, “The Model is a unique hub of arts and culture, a place to gather, a place to discover, and a place of production. The Model has nine artists working in its studios, and an ongoing Artist-in-Residence programme, which has hosted a wide variety of artists, curators and musicians. We also hire out commercial spaces to creative industries. Altogether, with our contemporary art programme, the our collection exhibitions, our music and education programmes for children, youth and adults, our cinema, our new restaurant and café, and the ongoing activities of our guests and tenants, there is no place in Ireland like The Model.”
May Day celebrations kick off at The Model at noon and will run until late with FREE, all-day events, concluding with concerts and a DJ in the nighttime.
Visitors can take a tour of the Yeats’ show, participate in a kids workshop, join popular local band the Jazz Ladds for some swing and cha, cha, cha, peek into artist’s studios or just join later on for what promises to be a very special evening with DJ Donal Dineen.
All events are FREE, however some require reservations. More info at www.themodel.ie or by calling (071)9141405
Noon: Art Trap Kids Workshop
1pm: Jack B. Yeats’ Exhibition Tour with curator Emer McGarry
2pm: Model Explorers Performance with Sligo Youth Theatre Group
5pm: The Ruby Blue Tea Dance: Fox trot, cha cha cha & swing dance class
6.30pm: High Tea
7.30-10pm: Jazz and Swing with The Jazz Lads
11pm – 2am: Donal Dineen with guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and percussionist Peter Crann