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Informal Music Afternoon

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - December 2 @ 2:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

IMAs are held on the first Sunday of each month at 1pm. They present an eclectic mix of music from different genres, in a relaxed, cabaret style in the Model’s atrium, with the café offering tempting refreshments. IMAs are produced by Sligo Baroque Orchestra in partnership with the Model, they are supported by the Arts Council and Sligo County Council. Admission €5, children go free.

Yeats Society Sligo 2018 Programme of Events

March 13 - November 12

Venue: Sligo - Sligo

Programme of events 2018 at the Yeats Society, Hyde Bridge, Sligo. We are pleased to launch our 2018 schedule of events at the Yeats Building. Many highlights include the July Summer School, Yeats Day, LilyLolly Craftfest, Tread Softly and a new August event to celebrate Jack Yeats. We will also mark the centenary of the end of WWI in Nov. Please also look out for readings, films, creative conversations and schools’ programmes. All events and details may be found on…

Future Perfect

May 5 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

Future Perfect a major touring international group exhibition which features films, photographs, sculptures, objects, painting, and collages by sixteen artists who look at visions of the future and speculations on the course of history. The title of the exhibition refers to the tense of the verb that expresses the completion of an action in the future – so the exhibition asks if the future can already be perceived as a finished past, how can we develop visions, speculate, or move…


June 8 - June 30


Solas Art Gallery is proud to present JOURNEY An exhibition of Paintings and Prints by Eileen Ferguson. Opening Friday 8th June at 7.30pm by Rita Duffy. Eileen Ferguson was born in Edinburgh. She studied BA Hons Fine Art at The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee 1982-1986. Then went on to Study an MA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster at Belfast 1988 to 1989. Eileen has exhibited widely in Ireland from Dublin to Strabane, Belfast to…

Portrait of a Family

June 9 @ 10:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

This exhibition presents an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists. The show features a considerable body of work newly added to The Niland Collection from the recent Yeats Family sale at Sotheby’s and includes John Butler Yeats’ masterpiece Self Portrait, New York as well as portraits of his accomplished children, his wife Susan and her parents Elizabeth and William Pollexfen. The Yeats Family was one of the…


June 26 @ 10:30 am - July 16 @ 5:00 pm

Venue: Sligo - Sligo

Lorna Watkins is an Irish artist living and working in Sligo, on the North West coast of Ireland.  Heartfelt, a new solo show, opens at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, on June 26th. This is Watkins first solo show in her adopted hometown and takes place during this year's Cairde Sligo Arts Festival. Watkins graduated in Printed Textile Design from the National College of Art in Dublin after studying at the Grennan Mill Craft School and Edinburgh College of Art.…

Gallery Talk: Dr. Hilary Pyle

June 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

On the occasion of the ‘Portrait of a Family’, a special gallery talk with Yeats Scholar Dr. Hilary Pyle, will shed light on the portraits of the Yeats family in this unique exhibition.

SeaFest 2018

June 29 - July 1

Venue: Galway Harbour - Galway

SeaFest is Ireland’s national maritime festival and raises awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea and also celebrates our proud maritime heritage. SeaFest includes a series of marine-related business and research events, such as the annual Our Ocean Wealth Summit, as well as free family friendly events running over the weekend. Discover all about our oceans, including the creatures that live beneath, how we explore our seas, the ships that transport us and the fascinating tales from…

Future Perfect Artist Talk

July 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

Throughout the duration of Future Perfect, The Model will present a series of talks, films and workshops. Artist Talk: Nasan Tur Sun. 1 Jul, 5pm, Free

Ballina Fringe Festival

July 6 - July 15

Venue: Ballina Arts Centre - Ballina

Ballina Fringe Festival is a brand new week-long arts festival running 6-15 July, alongside Ballina’s flagship Salmon Festival, now in its 54th year. The flagship event of the festival, Crossing the Firebreak: An Exhibition by Donald Teskey is a rare Mayo exhibition of Teskey’s 40-year artistic career, much of which has been inspired by his residencies at Ballinglen Arts Foundations and along the Wild Atlantic Way. This exhibition, in association with the Oliver Sears Gallery runs 6-27 July at Ballina…

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018

July 7 - July 14

Venue: Sligo -

Head West for Cairde Sligo Arts Festival from July 7th to 14th! Once again Sligo will come to life with an incredible range of events. Some of this year's festival highlights include the annual massive outdoor celebration Park Fest on Sunday, July 8th, the arrival of the Circus Big Top to Sligo town featuring Tumble Circus, The Fantastic World of Lulu, Lords of Strut and more. Highlights for kids include a family concert with Moxie and the multi-award winning theatre company…

Sheep2018: Farm to Fork Event

July 7 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Venue: Mellows College - Galway

Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork’ is the major sheep event in Ireland this year and takes place in Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway on Saturday, 7th July 2018 starting 10.00am and finishing at 6.00pm. Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork, is proudly supported by Irish Country Meats, and is organised by Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Galway County Council, Sheep Ireland, Bord Bia, UCD, and Irish Farmers Journal. Admission is Free. Food Village This year, to tie…

Cairde Visual

July 11 @ 10:00 am - August 19 @ 5:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition, Cairde Visual, is now accepting submissions from visual artists. The submission forms are available to download via cairdefestival.com or to collect from The Model. Submissions will be accepted up to Sunday, June 10th. Cairde Visual will take place at the Model in Sligo from Wednesday the 11th- of July to Sunday 19th August 2018. A significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West., Cairde Visual was established in 2013, by…

Family Day Special with Nasan Tur

July 15 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

Join Berlin-based artist for a dynamic family workshop, which promises to be inventive, humorous and loads of fun. This workshop is for children aged 6+ and their parents/guardians. €20 for 1 adult and 1 child €25 for 1 adult and 2 Children. 2 children max per Adult. Booking in advance is highly recommended, as spaces are limited.

The Greening of Yeats 19-27th July 2018

July 19 - July 27

Venue: Sligo -

In 2018, the Yeats International Summer School will take place in Sligo between 19th - 27th July. Full programme of events can be reviewed here. Directors Professor Matthew Campbell and Dr Lauren Arrington will present an intriguing programme around the theme of The Greening of Yeats with a range of international speakers. The co-directors will follow in the fine Summer School tradition of offering a unique learning experience through the sharing of ideas and opinions, during both the formal and informal events…

13 years swimming 13km across Galway Bay

July 21

Venue: -

Unlucky 13, or lucky for some as the annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West returns to the waters of Galway Bay this June. The swim was officially launched on Saturday 2nd June with the first official time trial at Blackrock in Salthill. The swim which is now sold out will see close to 130 swimmers taking part this year it is now one of Ireland's biggest and longest one day swims. Starting from Auginish…

Children’s Yoga & Creative Art Camp

July 30 @ 10:00 am - August 9 @ 2:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

Join Ana Faye (Creative Art Camps) and Louise Waters (Natural Therapies) in exploring and encouraging children’s creativity through a blend of art and yoga in a nurturing, supportive and non-competitive environment. Using art-making and mindfulness techniques, all materials will be provided for this colourful camp. Two sessions Session one: Mon. 30 Jul. – Fri. 3 Aug., 10am – 2pm, €110 Session two: Tue. 7 Aug. – Thu. 9 Aug., 10am – 2pm, €70 10% discount for each additional sibling Book…

Family Day

August 26 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Venue: The Model - Sligo

Join us at The Model to celebrate the last days of Summer with a sun filled day of creative outdoor activities. These workshops are for children aged 6+ and their parents/guardians. €20 for 1 adult and 1 child €25 for 1 adult and 2 Children 2 children max per Adult Booking in advance is highly recommended, as spaces are limited.

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