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The Model: Home of the Niland Collection

  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

The main attraction at the Model, housed in a school built in 1862, 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 until the late 1970s, and who recognized the importance of Yeats's work. Only a small selection of this work is on display at any time but you can view the whole collection of 300 images on the Model's website.

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. 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, and a good café.

Sight Information


The Mall, Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland




Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Closed Mon.

Published 01/10/2017


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