Jennifer Walshe Exhibition and World Premiere at The Model
Launching on Friday 31 August and running for two months, The Model in Sligo will present Aisteach – The Avant-Garde Archive of Ireland, a new multi-faceted gallery project by composer Jennifer Walshe in which she will work both as curator and creator.
Aisteach is a re-imagining of the development of Ireland’s avant-garde. The composer has invited writers and artists such as Alice Maher, Vivienne Dick, Kevin Barry, Vicky Langan, Danny McCarthy, Mark Garry, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Pádraic E. Moore, Jack Fennell, Electronic Sheep and more to invent and reinterpret key moments in Irish cultural development. Walshe describes the project as ‘a communal thought experiment, a revisionist exercise in counter-factual thinking, and an effort to write our ancestors into being and shape their stories with care.’ Read our review of a recent related project, The Golden Cassette by Caoimhín Breathnach,
Aisteach (Irish for ‘strange’) aims to challenge the traditional understanding of Irish artistic development. It introduces the innovations of a cast of imagined artists, musicians, teachers, fugitive improv groups, occultists, UFO hunters and theorists.
As part of Aisteach at the Model, Walshe will also reinterpret key works within the Niland Collection.
The Worlding world premiere
The exhibition will open on Friday 31 August with the world premiere of Walshe’s performative installation The Worlding, which features the vocal group Tonnta (who recently performed in Peter Power’s In Clouds in Cork) as well as Natasha Bourke, Ruairí Donovan and Laura Sarah Dowdall. From 6pm to 8pm on Friday, 10am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 10.30am to 3.30pm on Sunday, the galleries will fill with dancers and musicians, moving, singing and interacting with both the public and the artworks.
Aisteach at the Model is the first major exhibition of Walshe’s practice in a public museum. The Worlding is funded by a project award from the Arts Council.