The Model, home of the Niland Collection

The Model, home of the Niland Collection

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11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
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The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres. The building boasts a café, a bookshop, a wonderful gallery circuit, a purpose built performance space and digital cinema 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 and featuring works by John and Jack B. Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le LeBrocquy among others. The Model has a vibrant music programme which includes an eclectic mix of contemporary and classical music. Integral to all aspects of the Model’s programme is an extensive offering of educational opportunities for children and adults.
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james
Oderzo, Italy2 contributions
Jul 2022
I was in Sligo for one month, the first week I was there I visited the Model and I found it fascinating. Recently they opened two other exhibitions and of course I had to go back and see them so I visited The Model one more time. The two new exhibitions are amazing and the cafè there is lovely. The staff is polite and very helpful. The building is completely accessible, with automated doors, a lift and corridors wide enough for wheelchairs.
Written 14 July 2022
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Sophocles2017
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May 2022
Having visited many provincial art galleries over the years, this is by far the worst. The Model is a fine building, well adapted internally but let down by the attitude of staff and quality of content.
Approaching the reception desk we could only elicit a grunt from the slumped occupant followed by the helpful, “ you walk around”. Across the lobby is a cafe where we stood behind a member of staff for several minutes who was chatting to the person supposedly serving. The former then proceeded to order a number of coffees from the latter.
Giving this up as a bad job, we proceeded to the gallery containing the Jack Yates collection. But his paintings are pretty poor and not enhanced by the others in the collection. Island Funeral is the best.
Another three galleries contained a modern art exhibition of large pictures of wavy lines hanging downwards, sometimes intertwined. It was difficult to find out what this was all about. Each gallery contained a chair where a member of staff may have sat, but i suppose they were all having a coffee.
We returned to the main lobby now populated by infants crawling on the floor and screeching. We escaped, wondering how public money could be so recklessly squandered.
The WB coffee shop across the road towards town is really excellent.
Written 1 June 2022
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Kevin D
Limerick, Ireland2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
We visited the new Jack B. Yeats exhibition. Superbly curated and a personable, helpful, but unintrusive staff presence.
Written 11 June 2021
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F Healy
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
Jul 2020
I visited on the first day the gallery reopened, so it was not busy, which made the occasion easy and fuss-free. Interesting sea-scape audio-visual exhibition.
Written 27 July 2020
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Karen B
Galway, Ireland1 contribution
Nov 2019
I first visited this fantastic gallery to experience the closing of the Torsten Lauschmann exhibition in November - i could not believe what i had been missing out on!! The artist and his guests created an evening of music, performance and cinema that was vibrant and experimental. This was something you would expect to find in London or Berlin and you certainly don't get in Galway or Dublin. I was so impressed i went back a few weeks later to find a stunning exhibition by another great artist, Maria Loboda. The staff are great, so friendly and knowledgeable, and the cafe is lovely. The collection is small when you compare it with national galleries but that's what makes this so special and intimate. was great to see one of the artists playing the accordion in front of the Jack B Yeats paintings of travellers singing and playing music - so clever and moving.
Only criticism is that i don't understand why they don't shout louder about how great they are. I can't wait to see what's up next. Worth making the journey to find out!
Written 2 February 2020
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Pamela S
Paris, France43 contributions
Sep 2019
Previously a national school and now Sligo's Art Museum. It houses an interesting collection of Irish artists and currently an unusual exhibition of conceptual art. Good coffee shop. Worth a visit.
Written 22 September 2019
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Gabriel Mc Govern
Dublin, Ireland112 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
A really excellent cultural and exhibition centre,worth a visit if you are visiting Sligo.It also has a very pleasant coffee shop and very friendly staff.Exhibits vary.
Written 7 August 2019
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Victor599
Madrid, Spain233 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This art gallery is well looked after and it is FREE. There is a good WiFi connection and a small cafe where you can eat very healthy food prepared by very kind staff. The chicken wrap was awesome!! They open at 10am and close at 5 pm.
Written 25 July 2019
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Matthew Wright
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May 2019 • Couples
A worthwhile visit as we are interested in the work of painter Jack Yeats, but the eye-opening was the history of the family, not just Jack and W.B. Yeats, but the sisters Susan & Elizabeth, who, amongst other things, published the radical magazine Broadside, which Jack did illustrations for. There was a large collection of these as well as other literary works and art. A good cafe in a modern setting downstairs.
Written 2 July 2019
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JetLagJack
Athenry, Ireland160 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
I enjoyed this small collection immensely. I think the small number of Artists adds to the experience. Even my wife who is not an art museum person liked the fact that she could see the Jack B. Yeats paintings from what to be three different periods of his work ... and all side by side. There were also a smattering of other Irish artist that were of historical significance (Constance Markievicz and others)
Written 18 June 2019
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