The Arts

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Connections - Group Exhibition at The Hamilton Gallery

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At The Hamilton Gallery

5 October to 2 December 2017

Sophie Aghajanian, James Allen and Neisha Allen

Sophie Aghajanian

I feel that Marie Heaney’s statement, in an exhibition catalogue, best describes my work when she wrote… “This artist suggests rather than states, preferring lateral vision to the direct gaze….the tension between light and dark has been a constant in Sophie Aghajanian’s work from the beginning. She’s fascinated by light and its ramifying effects….she talks with equal enthusiasm about the importance of shadows and how she finds them almost more alive than the actual objects. In her work the relationship between light and dark is ambiguous, the balance between them delicately poised and dangerous.”

James Allen

The two main themes that currently dominate my recent work, and which will be reflected in this exhibition, are the sea, with its ever changing moods, colours and tensions and figures in landscapes – reconstructions of those echoes of lost moments of time found in the shadows of old memories

Neisha Allen

My work is based on memories and observations. I use found objects In my work, sometimes those that trigger memory. Although my work comes from inner vision as well as external observation, I focus on detail to achieve an air of heightened reality. I also use images of buildings and people, juxtaposing the two to add further meaning.

Hamilton Gallery
4 Castle St, Sligo
T: +353 71 91 43686


Launch of Sligo based Poetry Magazine

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A new issue of Hidden Channel poetry magazine is launching during the Illuminations poetry open mic at the Bookmart on the 7th of December.

The event starts at 8pm and will feature poets and musicians showcasing their latest work. Everyone is welcome to read out something they've written or read a poem by their favourite author

Hidden Channel magazine will feature poets from Sligo such as Mary Looby and Paul Corrigan, as well as writers from America, New Zealand and Germany.

Also featured are local artists such as Donal Adams and Marilin North and comics by illustrators Niall Breen and Rebecca Kennedy.

The magazine will be available for €4 from the Bookmart and The Model Gallery starting 7th of December.

The launch takes place in the newly opened premises of the Bookmart on Bridge Street. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided!

Education Autumn/Winter Programme at The Model

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Lecture / Frederic William Burton and The West with Dr. Marie Bourke. Thu. 16 Nov., 6pm, €5

Join Dr Marie Bourke, (Curator of Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art currently on view at The national Gallery), for a talk exploring Burton’s excursions in Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Kerry between 1839-41 that left the artist with an abiding love for the people and landscape of the west of Ireland. Frederic William Burton, the Clare-born painter who was director for 20 years of the National Gallery in London. Burton’s 1864 work, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was voted Ireland’s favourite painting by the public in 2012. Bourke will shed light on this leading water colourist of the Pre-Raphaelite era.

Art Trap, Sundays 2.30am to 2pm, €60 for 4 weeks/ €15 per class.

This November sees the return of the much loved ArtTrap, a Sunday programme of workshops for children. Facilitated by artists Ana Faye and Sinead O’ Hanlon, this series of fun creative activities is designed to encourage children to explore the galleries and learn about contemporary art through making, experimenting and discussion. ArtTrap is a series of five unique workshops running each Sunday until 10th Dec.

Family Day Christmas Special, Sun. 17 Dec. €10 for one adult + one child/ €2 per additional child.

This will be a fun-filled cracker of a workshop that promises to sparkle with Christmas magic. Children and their parents can bring home hand made decorations and just to top it all, the workshop will be followed by a Christmas film for all the family in The Model cinema. 

Sligo Latin Dance. Thursdays until 19 Dec., 11 am. €5

Latin Dance at the Model is making its much-anticipated return at last! These sessions are an introduction to Latin Dance taught by Loander and Jesus, Latin dancers from Venezuela. Learn to Salsa, Merengue, and Bacheta in a fun, ambient environment. What better way to de-stress, relax and learn a new skill, whilst getting fit and having fun. Enjoy lunch afterwards in The Model cafe, with Spanish specialties.

Sligo Global Kitchen, Sat., 18 Nov. & 16 Dec.

SGK will continue to cook up a storm at the Model each month. SGK is an art and food project, bringing diverse and multi-cultural communities together at a communal table. So bring your friends and family along and discover new tastes & flavours at Sligo’s most communal table. SGK takes place at 3pm on the third Saturday of every month. Sligo Global Kitchen will also cater for the opening of Turbulence, a major exhibition opening at the Model on Sat. 02 Dec. 

Science Week. Tue 14 - Sun 19 Nov., FREE

A series of quirky short videos vy Professor Richard Wiseman on incredible illusions that will blow your mind, interactive experiments to bamboozle your brain, magic and practicle science tricks. Suitable for all ages

Secondary School Films, Thu. 23 Nov, & Thu., 07 Dec., 11 am

A film programme for secondary school students in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, will focus on both German and French - The Wild Soccer Bunch, a German coming of age tale and My life As A Courgette, a beautifully animated Swiss/French will be showing on 11am, Thu. 23 Nov and Thu. 7. Dec. respectively.

School Tours, Sept. 2017 - May 2018

The exciting pop-up Niland Collection programme Punc 1x1 will continue to unfold throughout the year in schools throughout the county. Schools are also invited to visit our wonderful collection of art and tour our contemporary exhibitions all year round. Please contact The Model for more details on our tour programme.
2017 shortlist for annual GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards

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Ten charities across Ireland have been shortlisted for the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward small to medium community-based charities nationwide doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing while also making a real difference to local communities.

The shortlisted charities are:  more details below.

·         22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited
·         Alcohol Forum
·         Blue Teapot Theatre Company
·         Coeliac Society of Ireland
·         Downs Syndrome Centre
·         Irish Men's Shed Association
·         Sexual Health Centre
·         Spinal Injuries Ireland
·         Turn2Me
·         Wexford Mental Health Association

This is the third year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards and is an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT Awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for over 20 years.

Up to five winning Irish charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities will receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities will also receive a video and photography package to use in promoting their work and services.

Charities are required to undertake a lengthy and strict entry process for the awards, which includes a review and presentation of their financials, governance, services and membership growth over the previous twelve months allowing judges to understand the worthy service and care they provide along with their commitment to transparency, patient focus, integrity and respect – all values that mirror GSK’s culture.

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which includes Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and the highly anticipated event is an excellent opportunity for each charity to raise awareness of their worthwhile work and services.

'Overlooked challenges'

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK said: “I’d like to congratulate all the wonderful charities who have made the final shortlist in this year’s GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards. We received 100 entries this year which made it very difficult to whittle it down to the final 10.

"Healthcare charities tackle some of society’s most difficult, often overlooked challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, so many of whom are at the heart of Irish health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing their great work. Previous GSK Ireland IMPACT Award winners show that it is possible to run a small charity well while making a huge IMPACT in communities. Last year we found 10 truly inspirational charities and we are so proud to have helped them continue and expand their support. We’re looking forward to announcing this year’s winners and getting to know each of the shortlisted charities.”

The Irish healthcare charities on the GSK IMPACT Awards 2017 shortlist are:

·         22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited
- The national Irish Charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S

·         Alcohol Forum - The only alcohol charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol.

·         Blue Teapot Theatre Company - Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.

·         Coeliac Society of Ireland - Provide information and support to people diagnosed with coeliac disease throughout Ireland. They create awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and how to live healthy on a gluten-free diet.

·         Down Syndrome Centre - The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.

·         Irish Men's Shed Association
- The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.

·         Sexual Health Centre - Based in Cork, The Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.

·         Spinal Injuries Ireland - Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only support and service agency in Ireland for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families. Providing person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.

·         Turn2Me
- A website that helps people to get help. The site lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.

·         Wexford Mental Health Association - Wexford Mental Health Association promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and supports existing mental health services in County Wexford.