Eoin Mc Hugh in Turbulence

The Model, Sligo

2 December 2017 – 22 April 2018

Eoin Mc Hugh, once part of a living body, 2016, wool, silk, mixed media on diabond mount, 112 x 64 cm / 44.1 x 25.2 in   

The Model is delighted to present Turbulence, a new exhibition featuring the work of several important contemporary Irish and international artists, from Sat. 22 Dec. 2017 to Sun. 22 Apr. 2018.

Turbulence looks at the way in which contemporary artists, such as Rossella Biscotti (IT), Elaine Hoey (IE), Gülsün Karamustafa (TR), Naiza Khan (UK/PK), Eoin McHugh (IE), Cengiz Tekin (TR) and Sarah Wood (UK), are responding to the migrancy crisis facing today’s world. The exhibition will also feature key works by Jack Yeats drawn from the collection of The National Gallery of Ireland, Sligo's Municipal Niland Collection as well as from a number of prestigious private collections.

This major exhibition takes place across all seven galleries at The Model, and considers the freedom of movement - and the lack thereof - of many people in today’s world. The exhibition will explore the way in which politics, power and the movement of people have historically shaped our world, and will consider contemporary concerns around post-colonialism, socio-politics, hospitality and humanity.

Speaking about the new exhibition The Model’s Acting Director Emer McGarry said “This exhibition is inspired by a small group of allegorical paintings created by Jack Yeats in the direct aftermath of WWII. In these paintings Yeats explored his concern regarding the mass displacement of people that followed the war. Turbulence looks at the way in which displacement and enforced migrancy is still a major concern to artists working today”.


Turbulence will open on Sat. 02 Dec. at 4pm with a drinks reception and tapas by Sligo Global Kitchen followed by opening remarks and a performance with Donal O’ Kelly. To mark the exhibition, a major symposium will take place in Spring 2018. Turbulence will also be accompanied by specially curated programme of complimentary exhibitions. Each of these three exhibitions in The Model’s process room will explore divergent ideas around movement and travel in the contemporary world and will feature artists Martin Creed (UK), Peter Wachtler (DE), Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (LB). 

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