The Model, Sligo is set to reopen on Thursday 23rd of July and I was delighted to be asked along today for a preview of the exhibitions and to find out more about the plans for opening in our new normal.
Emer McGarry, the director of The Model, gave us a guided tour of the exhibitions and I was absolutely fascinated. Especially by the Jack Butler Yeats ‘A Thought of Sligo’ exhibition, I’ve seen some of the paintings before but listening to Emer really put the works into context for me. I enjoyed listening about Jack’s life and the things that inspired him in his art works. To read more about the exhibition click here.
The second exhibition is The Sea Around Us; a multi-sensory exhibition featuring sound and visuals, by various artists. There are films that you can watch and soundscapes to listen to. I have a bit of a phobia about dark rooms with loud noises so for the soundscape I just popped my head in the room. The bits of the films I saw were interesting though.
I was delighted that the small group who attended today wore masks and the building is so big there was no issue with social distancing. When The Model opens to the public next week it will be able to admit up to 40 people at any one time. There will be reduced hours and will be open from Thursday-Saturday 12-4pm until the end of September Entrance will be via The Mall, with exit onto Connaughton Road. For those with mobility issues entrance and exit will be via Connaughton Road and there is a lift to take people up to the galleries. There will be no need to pre-book your visit, if the galleries are at capacity there will be a place for people to wait. It’s also hoped the cafe will be open, serving a limited menu. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
You can find out more about The Model on their website.