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The Model: Home of the Niland Collection

The Model: Home of the Niland Collection Review

After a €6 million renovation, this gallery, housed in a school built in 1862, can claim to be a leading

contemporary art venue. The main attraction is one of Ireland's largest collections of works by 20th-century artists from home and abroad. Periodically, the gallery displays works by famed Irish painter Jack B. Yeats, who once said, "I never did a painting without putting a thought of Sligo in it." At the heart of the collection is the work amassed by the woman whose name the gallery now bears, Nora Niland, who was the Sligo librarian from 1945 and who recognized the importance of Yeats's work. Paintings by John Yeats (father of Jack B. and W. B.), who had a considerable reputation as a portraitist, also hang here on a rotation basis, as do portraits by Sean Keating and Paul Henry. As part of the renovation, new performance and workshop spaces were built, a new gallery was opened to increase and complete the circuit on the first floor, and seven artists' studios were added. Free informal curators' tours are held along with talks by the artist-in-residence. There is also a 180-seat cinema with a program run in conjunction with the Irish Film Institute. A revamped main entrance and the Slice Cafe complete the dynamic makeover.

    Contact Information

  • Address: The Mall, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
  • Phone: 071/914–1405
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 10–5:30, Sun. noon–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Sligo Town
Updated: 04-10-2013

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