Model Opens Major New Semi-Permanent Installation of the Niland Collection

the_modelOn the occasion of Yeats 2015, the year-long celebration of W.B. Yeats and his family, and on the recent new appointment of Model Director Megan Johnston, The Model is delighted to announce Shared Visions: The Model Collects, a new, semi-permanent re-installation of the prestigious Niland collection, opening on Saturday 21st February 2015. The exhibition aims to clearly re-position The Niland Collection as a major artistic asset of the institution. Selected by Megan Johnston, and co-curated with Emer McGarry, The Niland Collection will expand into three large gallery spaces.

The Niland Collection is one of Ireland’s most significant public art collections. Begun by librarian Nora Niland in 1959, the collection features work by many of Ireland’s most acclaimed twentieth century artists. The collection has a particular focus on the northwest of Ireland and features many artists who are linked to the area through birth, family or subject matter including Jack B Yeats, Patrick Collins, Sean McSweeney, Patrick Hall and Nick Miller.

Shared Visions: The Model Collects
The exhibition runs from 21 Feb 2015 – 31 May 2016.
Opens Sat. 21 Feb 2015 5 – 9pm
Public Reception 5 – 6pm
Opening Talk 6 – 7pm
Related Events:

Panel Discussion: Collecting Today
Sunday 22 February, 1pm, Free
The Model encourages everyone to buy art and to keep creativity at the fore of everyday life. This panel discussion, with noted national and regional collectors and curators, will discuss not only why they collect artwork but also how they do it and how you might too.

Curators’ Tours
Saturday 21 March, 2pm

Public Tours:
Every Saturday at 2pm

Tours are provided for visual guidance through our exhibits and can be tailored to meet the needs of your group. An art activity can also be provided at the end of your tour for a small fee. For more information:
Tours are free, donations welcome.

For further information on The Model’s Niland Collection visit

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