Updated: 04/01/17 : 12:08:01
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Pop-up Collection in Sligo Schools

In Sligo’s primary schools, a ground-breaking project has been unfolding throughout the county. Punc 1x1, an acronym meaning Pop-Up Niland Collection, is a major outreach schools’ programme taking place in the 2016-2017 academic year. Children and their communities from all over Sligo are encountering original artworks in their schools.

The Model education team have been busy visiting schools throughout the county as this pop up exhibition rolls out, one art work at a time, initially in ten participating schools. The project will continue to make waves across the county in 2017, culminating in an final exhibition of all the artworks in The Model in June.

The brainchild of curator Jobst Graeves, this project will eventually reach every child in the county in the next seven years. The positive impact of Punc 1x1 has already seen the numbers of school visits to The Model more than double in the last few months. And distance often being a barrier to participation - if the schools can’t come to The Model, The Model will come to the schools.

Education curator Marie-Louise Blaney says “The Model are delighted to have received funding to support Punc 1x1 from The Community Foundation for Ireland. A long-term commitment from the foundation has resourced The Model in a way that has allowed the organisation to think outside the box and to take steps in ways that wouldn’t have been imaginable without this support.”