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Autumn shades of Arts & Entertainment at The Model

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The Model’s autumn vibrant event guide is out now, downloadable via . This programme contains quality music events, inspiring education workshops for adults & children, a new cinema programme in partnership with SFS, not to mention world-class exhibitions from UK artist Phil Collins along with breathtaking works selected from the Niland Collection including that of Dorothy Cross, Jack B Yeats, Percy French, Nano Reid, Nick Miller and Paul Henry.

The programme highlight is the opening of a solo exhibition by UK artist and filmmaker Phil Collins, on Saturday Oct 15th at 5pm. Dr. Declan Long from NCAD with join in Collins in conversation at the wine reception on the night.

Collins’ films, photographs, installations, and live events are based on close engagement with people and communities. Over the years the artist has collaborated with disco-dancing Palestinians, young people from Baghdad, Turkish and British reality TV participants, and teachers of Marxism-Leninism in the former DDR, amongst many others. His work reflects his own experiences growing up in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s, his works use music, television and pop culture to explore social situations and transcend definitions of language, social status and locality. For his exhibition at The Model Collins presents three installations that have never been previously shown in Ireland.

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The Model is delighted to present its autumn programme of the very best in international and independent cinema in partnership with Sligo Film Society. Tickets for individual screenings are available through Sligo Film Society from 7.30 pm prior to each screening. The first film launching the cinema is tonight Thursday the 26th of September at 8pm: Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are.

Thu. 26 Sep. 8pm Come As You Are. Dir: Geoffrey Enthoven. Belgium 2011
Thu. 03 Oct. 8pm Shun Li and The Poet. Dir: Andrea Segre. Italy 2011
Thu. 10 Oct. 8pm Before Midnight. Dir: Richard Linklater . USA 2012
Thu. 17 Oct. 8pm Easy Money. Dir: Daniel Espinosa. Sweden 2011
Thu. 24 Oct. 8pm Renoir. Dir Gilles Bourdos . France 2012
Thu. 31 Oct. 8pm Kuma. Dir: Umat Dag . Austria 2012
Thu. 7 Nov. 8pm Thérèse Desqueyroux. Dir: Claude Miller. France 2012
Thu. 14 Nov. 8pm The Act Of Killing. Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer. UK 2012
Thu. 21 Nov. 8pm Wadjda. Dir: Haifaa Al-MansourSaudi Arabia 2012
Thu. 05 Dec. 8pm Artist and The Model. Dir: Fernando Trueba Spain 2012
Thu. 12 Dec. 8pm The Great Beauty. Dir: Paolo SorrentinoItaly 2013
Thu. 19 Dec. 8pm Blancanieves. Dir: Pablo Berger. Spain, France 2012

The Model workshops cover all age groups this autumn. Graphic & Easel is an adult drawing workshop at ?12 per session / Fridays 13 Sept – 06 Dec, 10.30am – 1.00pm. The Model offers a dynamic space to explore the potential of drawing from life -including sessions with dancers, image projections, theatrical devices as well as the more traditional life model. Connecting with Contemporary Art with Alice Lyons will run Wednesdays, 09 Oct -13 Nov, 10:30am -12:30pm. This is an exciting new course for people with an interest in visual art, who would like to broaden their understanding of contemporary art. Through the use of informal lectures & discussions, walks through The Model’s galleries and a field trip, the course will explore some of the most prevalent issues and ideas seen in the work of Irish and international artists. The aim is to give participants some ‘ways in’ to help them gain a richer experience of contemporary art. The course is ?60 for 6 weeks.

The education programme for children kicks off with Insect Hotel for ages 4- 6 years, running for three Saturdays 05 + 19 Oct + 2nd Nov 10.30am – 12.30pm at ?25. This is an exciting art project for children, working with material from nature to build hotels for insects, in the woodlands, walkways of Doorly Park and the land surrounding The Model. Into The Wild is for ages 7-9 yrs runs on the afternoons of these three Saturdays 05 + 19 Oct + 2nd Nov, 2.00 – 4.00 pm again at ?25. Children will venture into the wild to record, explore and document natural habitats. Our findings will inform the construction of a nature observatory.

The Big Draw (Early years); Taking Small Steps in Big Spaces is back again this autumn, the hugely popular workshop is for both parents and toddlers. Suitable for ages 1-3 years it will run on Thursdays from 03 Oct. – 21 Nov, 11.00am – 12.30pm and is ?7 per session. These will be eight of these unique sessions of art, drama, play and story-telling encouraging exploration, fun and discovery for children and their parents.

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Informal Music Afternoon continues on the first Sunday of every month, when Sligo Baroque Orchestra and friends present an eclectic mix of chamber music mixed with folk and trad in a relaxed and comfortable setting. This Sunday October 6th Informal Music Afternoon is delighted to welcome very special guests, Dublin Guitar Quartet, for their October concert.Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble that occupies a unique space in the wider chamber music world. It is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Audiences can expect an explosive, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience.

Sligo Live Festival Club
Fri. 25 – Sun. 27 Oct.
Sligo Live returns to the Model this year to repeat the exciting and immensely popular Festival Club, with three amazing performance spaces occupying the full ground floor of the Model. Full line up will be available at



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