The Model Arts Centre
Phone: +353 (0) 71 914 14 05
Address: The Model
The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres with works by Jack B. Yeats as well as his wife and sister.
The building boasts a wonderful gallery circuit, a cafe, cinema, a bookshop, music and performance space, and a suite of impressive artist studios on the top floor with enviable views of Sligo town and County. The Niland Collection is one of Ireland’s most significant public art collections. Begun by Nora Niland in 1959, the collection features work by many of Ireland’s most acclaimed twentieth century artists. The collection has a particular focus on the northwest of Ireland and features many artists who are linked to the area through birth, family or subject matter including Jack B Yeats, Patrick Collins, Sean McSweeney, Patrick Hall and Nick Miller.
In 2002 a further 30 works of Irish art were generously lent on a long-term basis by the collector Jobst Graeve. The Graeve Collection has a particular focus on works from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, many of which are political in theme.
Taken as a whole the two collections number almost 300 drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints, and present a fascinating overview of Irish life in the twentieth century.