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The Model, home of the Niland Collection

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Address: The Mall, Sligo, Ireland
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading...

The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres.The building boasts a restaurant and coffee dock, 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. 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.The Model’s international film programme is presented in partnership with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) and is produced with regional partners, including The Sligo Film Society and Cinema North West.Integral to all aspects of the Model’s programme is an extensive offering of educational opportunities for children and adults.

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Lovely home for Yeats' permanent collection

We visited in between exhibitions so the main attraction was the Jack Yeats permanent show and it was well worth seeing. The Model is a large space and is built over a number of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited in between exhibitions so the main attraction was the Jack Yeats permanent show and it was well worth seeing. The Model is a large space and is built over a number of different levels, so it can be quite daunting to orient yourself on your first visit. For instance, we found it hard to find the main desk... More 

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Pau, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I really like the Model since it was revamped - I've been a few times now and there is always an exhibit worth whiling away an hour or two. The cafe is great, good food, bright and airy and a lovely place to study or work for a while.

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Sligo, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

"Ghosts of Other Stories" The title tells you ??? The blurb by the curator refers to glimpses that trigger something and then disappear. I must be a philistine. Yet again I have been bitterly disappointed by what this excellent venue regards as a "show" or "exhibition" or "installation". The present production is minimalist and elusive. When I entered the first... More 

3 Thank Brendan J
Bangor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

A pleasant way to pass a hour. Not the biggest museum visited. Interesting exhibits. The building itself is worth a visit.

1 Thank Trevor C
Limerick, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Called in to see the Jack B Yeats exhibition which was lovely and very interesting to see the magazines the Cula Press produced so long ago. Decided to have lunch and was mightily impressed with a goats cheese, chorizo and red onion jam salad I was presented with accompanied by delicious bread with....horror of horrors no butter only a choice... More 

Thank Merccodon
Dublin, Ireland
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211 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I'd never been before, so asked at the desk what was worth seeing. Unfortunately I was between exhibits, and much of the building was closed as they were hanging a new exhibition.However, the young and very knowledgable young woman at the desk talked me through the Yeats Exhibition which was showing. she was so enthusiastic it was a joy to... More 

1 Thank Ajsper3001
Dungiven, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit. Great art, very friendly staff and good food and coffee. Would visit again if in Sligo.

Thank Ken M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

this was discovered quite by accident. a really good example of blending old and new, so please look outside at both entrances! Interesting exhibition with video work and J B Yeats paintings demonstrating that blending old and new can work inside and outside; well worth a visit...and there is a great cafe to sample.

Thank shawbhoy
Filey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

My sister and I viewed the Niland Collection and learnt about it's history. Beautiful paintings to see. I particularly lliked certain paintings by Jack Yeats. Very helpful lady on reception desk directed us in person to area of exhibition. Beautiful old building outside, originally a school, modernised very well inside.

Thank Anne Marie D
Dublin 8
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Unexpectedly wonderful gallery for a town of its size. One large wall has many works of art spread across it and the eye flicks about from painting to painting- left to right and up and down. A nice break from paintings in a row which is standard for most galleries. Well worth a visit.

Thank Waggar

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