The Arts

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Men of Destiny by Jack B Yeats

Added: 09/12/17 : 06:32:52

Men of Destiny was painted by Jack B Yeats (1871-1957) in 1946. In it, two men, apparently just disembarked from a small, masted vessel on the shore behind them, stroll towards us, the viewers, while absorbed in conversation. Their manner is easy, relaxed. A third man in the background is turning to follow.

The scene is aglow with the fiery rays of the setting sun, lending the figures, and the ground they walk on, a hallowed, heightened air, despite the casual mood.

Hilary Pyle sees it as Sligo fishermen coming ashore at Rosses Point, recalled from Yeats’s youth but, as she points out, the nature of the work, the title and the historical moment widen the frame of reference. The men of destiny might be those who fought for Irish independence, especially given the pending Republic of Ireland Act 1948, the realisation of the republican dream.

The second World War had recently ended. As Yeats was very well aware, populations were in motion, and the painting can be seen as saluting the quiet heroism of ordinary people caught up in the currents of history. Brian O’Doherty suggests they could be arriving to start a new life. Its power lies in the fact that it comfortably accommodates such a generous range of thematic concerns.

How was it done?
From the mid-1920s onwards, Yeats became increasingly free in his use of paint, as a physical substance and in terms of colour, which was set free from a purely naturalistic task. Yet the illustrator’s precision of earlier years persists in the expressive accuracy of his brush strokes: the figures in the painting are nothing more than bold darts and scrapes and twists of pigment mixing with pigment, but all the telling details – each individual stance and gesture and movement – come across vividly and unmistakably.

Where can I see it?

Usually, Men of Destiny resides in the National Gallery of Ireland but, until April 22nd, 2018, it is on view at the Model in Sligo with another Yeats painting, The Last Dawn but One (1948), which features circus performers striking camp.  They were the point of departure for curator Emer McGarry’s exhibition Turbulence, which also features works by a number of contemporary artists dealing with displacement and migration in the world today.

Is it typical of the artist’s work?

Men of Destiny is a very fine example of late Yeats, and it is not untypical in its allegorical richness and freedom. A great pictorial dramatist – he also wrote plays – throughout his life he developed and returned to a core repertoires of motifs and settings including the circus and fairground, the theatre and literature, the everyday life of both city and country people. Hilary Pyle noticed similarities between Men of Destiny and another 1946 painting, Two Travellers. A larger composition, in the Tate collection, it observes the chance meeting of “two tramps” in a peninsular landscape. It could almost be the starting point of Waiting For Godot, though Beckett cited another pictorial source, a moonlit scene by Caspar David Friedrich.

Irish Times
Launch of Sligo based Poetry Magazine

Added: 22/11/17 : 04:06:37

A new issue of Hidden Channel poetry magazine is launching during the Illuminations poetry open mic at the Bookmart on the 7th of December.

The event starts at 8pm and will feature poets and musicians showcasing their latest work. Everyone is welcome to read out something they've written or read a poem by their favourite author

Hidden Channel magazine will feature poets from Sligo such as Mary Looby and Paul Corrigan, as well as writers from America, New Zealand and Germany.

Also featured are local artists such as Donal Adams and Marilin North and comics by illustrators Niall Breen and Rebecca Kennedy.

The magazine will be available for €4 from the Bookmart and The Model Gallery starting 7th of December.

The launch takes place in the newly opened premises of the Bookmart on Bridge Street. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided!

Image courtesy of Heike Thiele Christmas at The Model

Added: 17/12/17 : 07:34:26

The board and staff of The Model would like to wish you very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018. Our galleries and cafe are both open as follows:
Christmas opening hours: Wed. 27 - Sat. 30 Dec. 10.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Closed: Sun. 24 - Tue. 26 Dec. & Sun. 31 Dec. - Mon 01 Jan.


Sat. 02 Dec. 2017 - Sun. 22 Apr. 2018

Rossella Biscotti, Elaine Hoey, Gulsun Karamustafa, Naiza Khan, Eoin McHugh, Cengiz Tekin, Sarah Wood and Jack B. Yeats

More than 300 visitors toured the galleries at The Model Sligo on the day major exhibition Turbulence opened earlier this month. The exhibition was opened by actor, writer and activist Donal O’ Kelly who performed an original piece in response to the ideas behind Turbulence. A special meal was prepared by Sligo Global Kitchen to mark the opening.

Turbulence will be accompanied by an exciting programme of events including a major symposium to take place in early March of next year and audiences can look forward to the participation of Gülsün Karamustafa and Joana Hadjithomas amongst others. Three separate ‘Plug-In’ projects will run concurrently with Turbulence, which will further explore different aspects of migration, movement and post-colonialism. The Model is delighted to announce a very special exhibition and performance lecture with renowned artist Martin Creed as part of that associated programming.


2017 shortlist for annual GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards

Added: 25/10/17 : 13:40:36

Ten charities across Ireland have been shortlisted for the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward small to medium community-based charities nationwide doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing while also making a real difference to local communities.

The shortlisted charities are:  more details below.

·         22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited
·         Alcohol Forum
·         Blue Teapot Theatre Company
·         Coeliac Society of Ireland
·         Downs Syndrome Centre
·         Irish Men's Shed Association
·         Sexual Health Centre
·         Spinal Injuries Ireland
·         Turn2Me
·         Wexford Mental Health Association

This is the third year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards and is an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT Awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for over 20 years.

Up to five winning Irish charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities will receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities will also receive a video and photography package to use in promoting their work and services.

Charities are required to undertake a lengthy and strict entry process for the awards, which includes a review and presentation of their financials, governance, services and membership growth over the previous twelve months allowing judges to understand the worthy service and care they provide along with their commitment to transparency, patient focus, integrity and respect – all values that mirror GSK’s culture.

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which includes Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and the highly anticipated event is an excellent opportunity for each charity to raise awareness of their worthwhile work and services.

'Overlooked challenges'

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK said: “I’d like to congratulate all the wonderful charities who have made the final shortlist in this year’s GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards. We received 100 entries this year which made it very difficult to whittle it down to the final 10.

"Healthcare charities tackle some of society’s most difficult, often overlooked challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, so many of whom are at the heart of Irish health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing their great work. Previous GSK Ireland IMPACT Award winners show that it is possible to run a small charity well while making a huge IMPACT in communities. Last year we found 10 truly inspirational charities and we are so proud to have helped them continue and expand their support. We’re looking forward to announcing this year’s winners and getting to know each of the shortlisted charities.”

The Irish healthcare charities on the GSK IMPACT Awards 2017 shortlist are:

·         22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited
- The national Irish Charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S

·         Alcohol Forum - The only alcohol charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol.

·         Blue Teapot Theatre Company - Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.

·         Coeliac Society of Ireland - Provide information and support to people diagnosed with coeliac disease throughout Ireland. They create awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and how to live healthy on a gluten-free diet.

·         Down Syndrome Centre - The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.

·         Irish Men's Shed Association
- The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.

·         Sexual Health Centre - Based in Cork, The Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.

·         Spinal Injuries Ireland - Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only support and service agency in Ireland for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families. Providing person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.

·         Turn2Me
- A website that helps people to get help. The site lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.

·         Wexford Mental Health Association - Wexford Mental Health Association promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and supports existing mental health services in County Wexford.