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A world-class visitor centre, The Model offers visitors to Sligo town a wonderful restaurant and cafe, galleries, an art collection with works by Jack B Yeats and Paul Henry, artist studios and a lovely bookshop.
The Model in Sligo Town, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres.
Built in 1862 as a Model School, the present building has been extended by a third to create this world-class visitor centre.
The building boasts a restaurant and coffee dock, a bookshop, gallery circuit, a purpose built performance space, and a suite of impressive artist studios on the top floor with enviable views of Sligo Town and county.
This award-winning building is home to the impressive Niland Collection of art, one of the most notable collections in Ireland. Featured works include John and Jack B Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le Broquy among others.
The Model's acclaimed contemporary art programme features several major exhibitions of noted national and international contemporary artists. The Model is known for experimental programming, including projects that have critically tackled issues of war and contemporary religion as well as projects that question the role of art and artists today. The Model develops projects in collaboration with artists, including artist/musician commissions and a full-time artist residency.
The Model has a vibrant music programme which includes an eclectic mix of contemporary and classical music. The Model develops music projects that respond to the exhibition programme, while also producing The Sligo New Music Festival and supporting The Sligo Festival of Baroque Music.
In partnership with regional partners, including the Sligo Film Society and Cinema North West, the centre's international film programme is presented in partnership with the Irish Film Institute (IFI).
Integral to all aspects of the Model’s programme is an extensive offering of educational opportunities for children and adults, including the ground breaking Young Model programme.