Cairde Visual

July 11 – August 19, Sligo

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition, Cairde Visual, is now accepting submissions from visual artists.

The submission forms are available to download via or to collect from The Model. Submissions will be accepted up to Sunday, June 10th. Cairde Visual will take place at the Model in Sligo from Wednesday the 11th– of July to Sunday 19th August 2018.

A significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West., Cairde Visual was established in 2013, by a group of Sligo based artists together with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival. The first annual submission took place in The Hyde Bridge Gallery in 2014. The fourth annual exhibition took place at The Model in 2017 and boasted over 100 artworks from local, national and international artists, featuring a great diversity of media.

The move of Cairde Visual to The Model for 2017 was an exciting development for all concerned. 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.

2018 sees the return of The Model Cara Award, The Hamilton Gallery Award, and the Cosgrave’s Delicatessen Award. Introduced in 2017, the Cosgrave’s Delicatessen Award offers a €500 cash prize to the selected artist. The Hamilton Gallery, a pioneering contemporary art gallery in the heart of Sligo, offers the winner a solo exhibition in the gallery’s calendar of exhibitions in 2018. Clive Bright was the recipient of this award in 2016 and Daniel Chester was the recipient in 2017. Recipients of the Model Cara award – a short-term residency in The Model’s artist studio – to date have been Helen Blake in 2015 and both Daniel Chester and Selma Makela in 2016, and Anna Spearman in 2017.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is very grateful to have such exceptional partners and would like to thank all of these organisations for their incredible support.

Date: July 11 @ 10:00 am – August 19 @ 5:00 pm

Admission: Free

Venue: The Model, The Mall, Sligo, + Google Map

Phone: 0719141405


Portrait of a Family

June 9 – October 28, Sligo

This exhibition presents an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists.

The show features a considerable body of work newly added to The Niland Collection from the recent Yeats Family sale at Sotheby’s and includes John Butler Yeats’ masterpiece Self Portrait, New York as well as portraits of his accomplished children, his wife Susan and her parents Elizabeth and William Pollexfen.

The Yeats Family was one of the most creative and accomplished families in the literary and cultural world of twentieth century Ireland.

Their painter father John Butler Yeats was distinguished for his portraits, and his four surviving adult children, William, Susan, Elizabeth and Jack are well known for their significant contributions to painting, literature, publishing and education throughout their lifetimes.


Start:  June 9 @ 10:00 am
End:  October 28 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: Free


The Model
The Mall
Sligo, + Google Map
Phone: 0719141405

Sligo Summer Festival

August 9 – August 12, Sligo

The festival runs for three nights from Thursday August 9th to Sunday 12th, and overlaps with Sligo Races August meeting (August 9th), so it promises to be 3 huge days for Sligo.

As with last year, there will be a €3 admission for over 12’s on the gate to help fund this Community Festival. The Sligo Summer Festival takes place again in Stephen St. Car Park, Sligo.

Sligo first won the purple flag in 2015, and has retained its purpleflag in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Sligo Summer Festival is an endorsed purple flag event.

For more information visit Sligo Summer Festival Website and Facebook page below

Sligo Summer Festival Website

Sligo Summer Festival Facebook Page

Date: August 9 – August 12

Cost: €3.00

Yeats Society Sligo 2018 Programme of Events

March 13 – November 12, Sligo

Programme of events 2018 at the Yeats Society, Hyde Bridge, Sligo.

We are pleased to launch our 2018 schedule of events at the Yeats Building.

Many highlights include the July Summer School, Yeats Day, LilyLolly Craftfest, Tread Softly and a new August event to celebrate Jack Yeats.

We will also mark the centenary of the end of WWI in Nov.

Please also look out for readings, films, creative conversations and schools’ programmes.

All events and details may be found on our website, our Facebook page, or by contacting Yeats Society Sligo directly.

For more Information please visit our Facebook page for full listing of events

Yeats Society Programme 2018


Start:  March 13
End:  November 12