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The Model 2018 programme

The Model has released details of the visual art programme for 2018.

Highlights include Turbulence, an ambitious group exhibition that looks at the refugee crisis today through the work of Irish and international contemporary artists; a screening programme of work by Turner prize winner Martin Creed; Future Perfect a group exhibition featuring the most exciting contemporary artists working in Germany today; and a summer show, Portrait of a Family featuring work newly acquired from the Yeats Family sale and now on long-term loan to The Niland Collection.

Turbulence opened on 2 Dec and runs until 22 April at The Model. Taking key works by Jack Butler Yeats as its point of departure, the exhibition considers the movement of people in today’s world, against the backdrop of shifting contemporary perspectives on post-colonialism, socio-politics, hospitality and humanity. 

Turbulence is accompanied by three individual ‘Plug-In’ exhibitions during 2018. Each exhibition will further explore different aspects of migration, movement and post-colonialism. The first of these, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige - Waiting for the Barbarians runs from 13 January to 18 February. Peter Wachtler Far Out will be on show from 24 February to 25 March 2018 and to finish the series from 31 March to 6 May The Model will present an exhibition with renowned UK artist Martin Creed.

Turbulence is accompanied by a major symposium on 8 March chaired by Sarah Glennie and featuring Elaine Hoey and Gulsun Karamustafa amongst others.

On Saturday 28 April The Model will present Lorcán MacMathuna’s The Tain. This unique inter-disciplinary Sean-Nós composition and contemporary dance performance, will see MacMathuna, bring outstanding contemporary dancer Fearghus O'Conchuir, together with traditional musicians in a new interpretation of ancient Irish stories, using Louis LeBrocquy’s The Tain works from The Niland Collection as an inspiration and a backdrop. This once off special event will be followed by a Q&A with MacMathuna and O’Conchuir, and is sure to sell out fast.

Opening on Sat. 5 May is Future Perfect, a major touring international group exhibition curated by Angelika Stepken & Philipp Ziegler. Future Perfect features films, photographs, sculptures, objects, painting, and collages by sixteen artists who look at visions of the future and speculations on the course of history. Artists Yorgos Sapountzis, and Nasan Tur, will be on residence at The Model throughout the duration of the exhibition. Future Perfect is an exhibition by the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehunge presented by the Goethe Institut and The Model.

This year’s Niland Collection summer show Portrait of a Family will run from 19 May to 19 August and takes an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the paintings of John Butler Yeats. This exhibition features a considerable body of work newly added to The Niland Collection from the recent Yeats Family sale at Sotheby’s, and includes John Butler Yeats’ masterpiece Self Portrait, New York.

Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission show returns to the The Model from 12 July – 19 August 2018

September brings a multi-faceted gallery project combining visual art, performance, music and sound art, which will see renowned composer and artist, Jennifer Walshe working both as artist and curator of the imaginary Irish Avant Garde. Jennifer Walshe runs from 1 September to 4 November.

The final show of 2018 is a solo project which will see The Model present recent text-based and painting works by Chris Doris from 17 November to 27 January 2019, in addition to the premiere of a new experiential choral work Songs of Being Seen, which is being developed especially for the exhibition.

Each exhibition is complemented by an ambitious education programme which gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore some of the themes, materials and artists through workshops, tours, family days, talks and lots, lots more.

For further information on the exhibition programme, contact info@themodel.ie