Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2017

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The Model presents Cairde Visual 2017

In 2013, a group of established Sligo based artists came together with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival with an aim to create a significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West. Cairde Visual was born and the first annual submission took place in The Hyde Bridge Gallery in 2014. The exhibition has, in a short space of time, become a much-anticipated feature in the arts festival’s programme and in the cultural calendar of the region, not to mention an increasingly important fixture for artists all over Ireland and abroad.  The third annual exhibition in 2016 boasted over 70 artworks from local, national and international artists, featuring a great diversity of media.

The Model came on board as a collaborative partner in 2015, offering The Model Cara Award – a short-term residency in The Model’s artist studio. Recipients of the Model Cara award to date have been Helen Blake in 2015 and both Daniel Chester and Selma Makela in 2016.

The move of Cairde Visual to The Model for 2017 is an exciting development for all concerned. Director of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Tara McGowan, believes that the collaboration with The Model will further enhance the reputation of the annual exhibition. ‘We are delighted to collaborate with The Model as one of Ireland’s leading arts centres. The phenomenal growth and success of the exhibition over the past three years has lead to an increase each year in submissions. The Model’s beautiful gallery spaces will ensure that we can showcase selected works in the best possible way”.

Acting Director at The Model, Emer McGarry is equally looking forward to collaborating with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival on Cairde Visual. ““Part of the core work of The Model is to offer opportunities for the development of professional artists. We are delighted to partner with Cairde Visual in 2017 and to extend the opportunity for local, national and international artists at all stages in their careers to submit work for consideration. We believe that we can bring our expertise and experience to the progression of this Sligo-based open submission exhibition”

The Model presents Cairde Visual will open on Thursday 6th July at 6pm, with a gallery talk featuring three of the exhibiting artists. The event will be followed by a wine reception at 7pm.

Runs Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5pm and Sun 10.30 – 3.30 until Saturday, August 5.

Photo by Barra Cassidy

Heidi Wickham, Emer McGarry, Tara McGowan and Cormac OLeary . Photo : Barra Cassidy

2 Comments

  • Diana Marshall on May 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi
    I have been clicking the link to get a submissions form and more info, but the link does not seem to work.
    would be grateful if you can help.
    Many Thanks
    Diana Marshall

    • admin on Jun 09, 2017 Reply

      Hi Diana, apologies for the late reply. The link should be fixed now. Kind Regards, Zoe

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