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Major touring retrospective of artist Ronnie Hughes to open at The Model
Featured, Press Releases | 19th April 2017


 Thursday, 13th April 2017

Major touring retrospective of artist Ronnie Hughes to open at The Model

One of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres, The Model, has today (13.04.17) announced the opening of ‘Ronnie Hughes: Strange Attractors’, a major touring retrospective of the work of the renowned artist. The exhibition, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, will open at The Model in Sligo on 15th April and run until 22nd June, before moving to Limerick City Gallery of Art from June to August and the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from September to October 2017.

‘Ronnie Hughes: Strange Attractors’ consists of a large body of the artist’s recent work, which showcases a pronouncedly idiosyncratic approach to making both paintings and drawings.

Acting Director of The Model, Emer McGarry commented: “We are delighted to have secured funding from the Arts Council to present this major touring solo show. Ronnie Hughes is one of the most dynamic abstract painters working in Ireland today, and it’s an honour to bring his work to new audiences. Hughes’s works display a diversity of styles and an interest in optical and haptic effects but, at heart, all share a common concern with the lived experience, which is described by the artist as ‘the beauty, the fragility and the violence of being’.

“Following our exhibition here at The Model in Sligo, we look forward to bringing the exhibition on tour to Limerick and finally to Dublin, where we will also launch a publication to document the exhibition.”

Ronnie Hughes, who has been based in Sligo since the mid-1990s, has shown widely in Ireland and the US, and his work is held in many public and corporate collections, including the Arts Council and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition opening, Hughes said: “I’m looking forward to sharing ‘Ronnie Hughes: Strange Attractors’ with a national audience this year and delighted that the tour of the exhibition starts at The Model, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres.

“The exhibition is a retrospective of my recent paintings and drawings and features work that demonstrates my interest in corrupting grids, energy fields and patterns to set up an expectation, and then thwart it somehow. I try to arrest the work at a tenuous moment and like it when the work seems to hover on the brink of collapse – like chaos has been temporarily held in check, and that is a theme of this body of work. Throughout my career, I have endeavoured to create art that is expressive and I look forward to hearing how visitors to the exhibition experience my work.”

‘Ronnie Hughes: Strange Attractors’ will open at The Model on Saturday, 15th April, with Ronnie Hughes in conversation with writer and critic Martin Herbert at 4.30pm.

The exhibition is free to visit, and open six days a week at The Model, The Mall, Sligo. Opening times are from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 10.30am to 3.30pm on Sundays. The exhibition will run at The Model until Thursday, 22nd June and will be accompanied by a full-colour publication.

For more information on The Model, please see www.themodel.ie.


Contact: Louise Archbold, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2601145

 Notes to Editors:

  • Interviews with Ronnie Hughes and Acting Director of The Model, Emer McGarry are available on request.
  • Photographer, James Connolly will issue images to picture desks tomorrow, 14th April.
  • A bank of images displayed at ‘Ronnie Hughes: Strange Attractors’ is available to media via the following Dropbox link: http://bit.ly/2nwT56c

About The Model: The Model is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres. Built in 1862 as a Model School, the present building is home to the impressive Niland Collection of art, one of the most notable collections in Ireland and featuring works by John and Jack B. Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le LeBrocquy among others. The Model’s acclaimed contemporary art programme features several major exhibitions of noted national and international contemporary artists. The Model develops projects in collaboration with artists, and is itself a site of artistic production with artist/musician commissions and a full-time artist residency. The Model also has a vibrant music programme and an international film programme, presented in partnership with The Sligo Film Society. Integral to all aspects of The Model’s programme is an extensive offering of educational opportunities for children and adults, including the ground breaking Young Model programme.

About Ronnie Hughes: Renowned artist, Ronnie Hughes has been based in Sligo since the mid-1990s. Recent solo projects include exhibitions at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown; and Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles. Hughes’s work has been written about extensively and he has received a multitude of awards including a one-year residency in New York (PS1, 1990-91) and three-month residencies at Banff Arts Center, Canada (1994) and Bemis Arts Center, Nebraska (1997). In 2006 he was awarded both the ‘Irish Artist Fellowship’ – a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center and a two-month residency at the ‘Albers Foundation’ in Connecticut.