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The Model Event Guide Spring 2017

Exhibitions Ronnie

Exhibitions Ronnie Hughes; Strange Attractors Sat. 15 Apr. – Thu. 22 Jun. 2017 The Model is delighted to present a major solo, touring show of recent work by Irish artist Ronnie Hughes. One of Ireland’s most dynamic abstract painters, Hughes’ elegant and poised works are executed with complex technical skill, yet retain a lightness of touch. While his finished paintings display a diversity of styles, at heart they share a common concern with the lived experience, and what Hughes has described as “the beauty, the fragility and the violence of being.” Hughes, who has been based in Sligo since the mid 1990s, has shown widely both in Ireland and the US. Major solo projects over recent years have included exhibitions at Dublin City Gallery; The Hugh Lane, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast and Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown. Strange Attractors will tour to Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin throughout 2017 and will be accompanied by a full-colour publication. The project has been generously supported through the Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme. Selma Makela; Artist-in-Residence May/June 2017 Tue. 6 Jun. - Sun. 2 Jul. Winner of The Model Cairde Award, Selma Makela will be artist-in-residence at The Model during May and June. Based in The Model’s process room throughout this period, as part of her residency Makela will consider the formal themes of painting in the context of her own practice. Related Events Opening Reception Sat. 15 Apr. Exhibition Preview 3.30pm Ronnie Hughes in conversation with Martin Herbert 4.30pm Opening reception 5.30pm Related Events Talk: In Conversation with Selma Makela Thu. 15 Jun., 1pm Jack B. Yeats; Lives Sat. 25 Mar. - Sun. 1 Oct. This exhibition will enable audiences to trace the development of key characters in Jack Butler Yeats’ work, through an exploration of his illustrations, pencil sketches, watercolours and the iconic oil paintings of his later mature period. In a practice that spanned seven decades and displayed a wide variety of styles, it is interesting to note that Yeats’ subject-matter changed very little from his earliest work to his latest. The characters he encountered in the west of Ireland - the sea-farer, the market-trader, the street balladeer - became the mainstay of his artistic life. The meaning of this cast of marginal characters however, changed significantly over the years. As romantic depictions of rural people and ordinary life gave way to more gritty and realistic representations of Irishness, so too, in turn, did this give way to a more expressionistic treatment of the human figure in his later work. Norah McGuinness, Illustrations to the Stories of Red Hanrahan Sat. 8 Apr. - Sun. 2 Jul. The Model is pleased to present an exhibition of Norah McGuinness’ illustrations to William Butler Yeats’ book The Stories of Red Hanrahan and the Secret Rose. Archiving Activism Fri. 5 May - Sun. 14 May Artist Breda Burns has been commissioned by Bealtaine Festival 2017, in partnership with Sligo Arts Office and Mayo Arts Office, to develop ‘Archiving Activism’ in response to the Bealtaine 2017 theme. Cover image: Ronnie Hughes, The Space Between, 2015, Acrylic co-polymer on canvas, 188 x 183cm