The Arts

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A Night of Opera at The Model

Added: 19/11/15 : 14:46:50

A new chamber opera, The Last Siren by composer Ian Wilson comes to The Model for one evening on Sunday 6th December.

A staged work for improvising singer and sound art collective, The Last Siren is a surprising and exciting combination of myth, opera and ‘happening’ which features some of the finest talents in their respective fields. By turns moving and dramatic, this is an unforgettable sonic and theatrical experience.

Ian Wilson developed this one-singer experimental opera in 2013, which centres on a hermit-like woman who believes she is the last of the sirens- she lives on a beach, recounts her great conquests and laments the (unexplained) loss of her sister, all within a continuous monologue mainly concerned with quotidian minutiae.

For this performance, highly-acclaimed Irish singer Lauren Kinsella takes the role of the Siren, while a vital part of the work’s sonic and visual landscape is the presence of Ireland’s leading sound art collective Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea). As well as providing the sonic context for Kinsella’s magical voice, McCarthy and O’Shea also represent the characters of Orpheus and Odysseus, two mythical figures the Siren attempts to seduce from time to time in order to procure at least an acknowledgement of her presence.

This performance was made possible with funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council of Wales.


Lauren Kinsella: voice
Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea): sound art
Ksenija Krnajski: director
Ian Wilson: concept, libretto and music direction

Tickets: €15 / €7.50 U.18’s with Go See,, 071 91 41405

More artists added to The Model’s fundraising gala

Added: 23/11/15 : 06:29:44

40 confirmed artists will donate work to The Model’s live auction at its Fundraising Gala on Saturday 5 December.

An exhibition of the work by artists including, Sean McSweeney, Mark Garry, Michael Wann, Gary Coyle, Elizabeth Caffrey and many more will be on show in the East Gallery at The Model for one week only, 28th November – 5th December, before being auctioned by the renowned auctioneer John DeVere White, exclusively to guests at the evening event.

The evening Gala will start with a champagne reception and a preview of the exhibition, followed by the live auction and music by Kieran Quinn plus others.  

‘We are incredibly grateful to all the artists who have kindly donated work in order for us to raise much needed funds.  I hope the gala evening will be a sparkling start to the festive season,’ said Deputy Director Emer McGarry.

All proceeds will go directly towards The Model to enable the continuation of work in the local region - as custodians of The Niland Collection, as a provider of outreach and education projects in Sligo communities, as a programmer of dynamic children and family events, as an employer of local artists and also as vital source of high quality art experiences for audiences.

Tickets to this special event are €50 per person with a 10% discount for Model members. Guests will be entered into a draw to win an amazing piece of artwork.

Rufus Wainwright in discussion at The Model - Sligo Sligo music festival star features in RTE slot

Added: 07/11/15 : 06:51:08

A HEADLINE act at the recent Sligo Live festival will feature in an extended interview early next week on RTE Radio.

The interview with Canadian music star Rufus Wainwright was conducted with an audience at the Model Niland.

It will feature in ''Arts Tonight'' at 10pm this Monday night on RTÉ Radio One.

Award-winning broadcaster and ''Arts Show'' presenter Vincent Woods hosted the lunchtime Sligo interview in late October.

Oscar Winner

Woods has previously hosted similar-type public interviews with prominent figures in Irish and international settings.

Those interviews included late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney at the Abbey Theatre, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton and Gate Director Michael Colgan.

Wainwright is a member of an eminent Canadian music family, with both his parents and sister having enjoyed international music careers.

His singing of ''Hallelujah'' appeared on the soundtrack of the first ''Shrek'' film but not in the film itself.

That 2001 smash hit film gave the 20 year old song, written by Leonard Cohen, a new lease of life worldwide.

His father is Loudon Wainwright, his mother the late Kate McGarrigle and his sister is Martha Wainwright.

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