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The Model - Home of the Niland Collection
Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
The Model- home of the Niland Collection in Rathquarter, County Sligo celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ireland’s foremost artist Jack Butler Yeats with a very special exhibition of never-before-seen works. 'Salt Water Ballads' presents a veritable treasure trove of sea-themed works by Yeats.

Visit one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres in County Sligo. Built in 1862 as a Model School, the building is an award-winning design.

The Model is home to an impressive Niland Collection of art and is proud to present to you their latest exhibition entitled 'Salt Water Ballads'.

The exhibition will showcase for the first time a suite of 21 newly conserved, sea-themed watercolours, as well as Yeats’ own collection of model boats.

New original artworks by Yeats were revealed during a conservation process and will be on view alongside several maritime works for visitors to enjoy. One of the major highlights of this exhibition is the presentation of the figure of ‘Theodore, the Pirate’, to the public and to share this new discovery especially with children.

Why we like it
  • Visit the 'Salt Water Ballads' exhibition, a treasure trove of sea-themed works by Jack Butler Yeats. 
  • See 'Theodore the Pirate' for the first time.
  • Admire the impressive Niland Collection and other contemporary art exhibitions.
  • See creatives at work in their artist studios.
  • Have a tasty treat and a coffee in the café.
Tips from locals

Pop in to this modern space and see a film. The Model presents a weekly series of Irish and international independent films at the venue in partnership with Sligo Film Society, one of Ireland’s most long-established film clubs. 

Rainy days
Paid car parking
Free to visit
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Contact details
The Mall, Rathquarter, Sligo, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 45 minutes to 2 hours here.

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