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Liminal Spaces: Art, Architecture and Place at Model, Sligo

The Model have an amazing exhibition on at the moment, Liminal Spaces: Art, Architecture and Place follows a year-long collaboration between architects, artists, scholars and institutions, in reimagining the potential of the North West region. Featured in the exhibition are Felicity Clear, Michele Horrigan, Fergal MacCabe, Maurice O’Connell, Andy Parsons, Clea van der Grijn, Corban Walker and Oonagh Young.

The project, takes as its starting point both the place and the poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by WB Yeats. The exhibition combines newly commissioned work by six noted Irish and international artists alongside entries to the Yeats 2015 International Architecture Competition for the design of a temporary intervention for the island of Innisfree.

An Anglo-Korean design concept entitled ‘Square Moon’ was selected as the overall winner of the Yeats 2015 Architectural Competition. IAF Director, Nathalie Weadick was among the panel who selected ‘Paper Moon’ by shindesignworks – an Anglo-Korean architecture design team based in London and Daegu, South Korea – as the winning entry, which was temporarily installed along the jetty area of Isle of Innisfree on Lough Gill for Yeats Day. The structure is now in its permanent home – on the campus of IT Sligo.

This interdisciplinary venture offers an opportunity to encourage both social engagement and future dialogue regarding the creative flux of the region. It provides the chance to address key issues of global importance such as memory, identity, sociopolitical nuances, and sense of place and explores its relevance for future place-making through the use of creative practices.

The opening night saw a very special performance by Maurice O’Connell entitled Should I stay or should I go now. O’Connell illustrated and explored the grand dilemma of Yeat’s poem, through a dynamic revealing of the crisis within our relationship with landscape and place – man’s eternal hope to transcend the mundanity of life in a place of sublimity.

There will be an important publication launched at The Model in late November. The exhibition runs until Wednesday 23 December 2015.

For more information visit: www.themodel.ie