Jason Oakley talks to Séamus Kealy, Director/ Curator of The Model Home of the Niland Collection about the Redevelopment of the Institution’s Premises.
Jason Oakley: Talk me through the redevelopment/ extension by Sheridan Woods architects?
Séamus Kealy: The entire extension of The Model increases our scale by about 40%. It augments the redevelopment undertook in 2000 and balances cleanly with the original architecture.
The building is designed with the visitor in mind. It actually feels much more comfortable inside than the grandeur of the new façade might suggest. I have strong issues with intimidating architecture, especially giant art spaces that are sometimes un-inviting to non-art specialist audiences.
We’ve nine new artist studios. Seven are rented out by local artists, one is set aside as a recording studio, and the final one is an artist residential studio. Our guests include Boris Groys for the summer, and right now we have Italian artist Paolo Tamburella. Having all these studios furthers our role in being a hub of production, and this production will rotate as we change artists in the residential programme throughout the year.