A delegation from the Oireachtas Committee on Tourism and Culture will take part in a field visit to Sligo’s contemporary arts centre, The Model, on Monday, 19th July 2010.
The Model’s premises re-opened in May of this year following an extensive redevelopment programme. The refurbished arts centre includes a purpose-built theatre and cinema space; new galleries; nine studio spaces, and a new restaurant. Following the redevelopment, The Model aims to become Ireland’s leading centre for the contemporary arts. It also hopes to enhance the tourism potential of the north-west region overall.
During Monday’s study tour, members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Culture, Sport, Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs will take part in a tour of The Model’s exhibition space and will have an opportunity to preview elements of its upcoming summer exhibition, entitled ‘The Living Ginger: The Characters of Jack B. Yeats’. This exhibition – which will open on 24th July – will run alongside a showcase of Duncan Campbell’s film, ‘Make It New John’, which tells the story of the DeLorean car; its creator John DeLorean, and the workers of the Belfast-based car plant who built it.
A working lunch will be attended by Sligo’s County Manager, Hubert Kearns. It is expected that much of the discussion will focus on the role of the arts in offering sustainable development potential for Sligo and the wider north-west region.
Monday’s programme will conclude with a visit to Sligo’s Trades Club, which is currently being revived as part of The Model’s off-site work. Under this project, members from the local community are involved in mapping out future uses and activities for the former Trades Club, which closed in 2007 after 100 years.
Members of the media wishing to accompany the Oireachtas Committee to The Model can avail of organised transport to and from Dublin City Centre. Departure for Sligo will be at 9.30am and arrival back to Dublin will be at 6pm approximately.
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