August 10, 2009 - The Model - Reverse Pedagogy
August 10, 2009

Reverse Pedagogy

Reverse Pedagogy III opens at the The Model, Sligo on September 25th

Reverse Pedagogy
25 September – 22 November 2009

Opens Friday 25th September at 7pm

Sligo, Ireland

Reverse Pedagogy opens on Culture Night Sligo at The Model Satellite. Diverse artists will gather together to produce artwork, to educate one another, and to collaborate generally in opposition to traditional art educational models. The project, a unique artist residency, involves arts practitioners from different backgrounds, working in different genres.

Reverse Pedagogy evolved out of Canadian artist Paul Butler’s collective “Collage Parties,” where he, up to twenty other artists, and the public produce artwork over a week-long collaboration. In a similar spirit, Reverse Pedagogy in Sligo will be packed with leisure and sports activities, socialisation, and the “general pursuit of anything but work in a quantifiable sense.” This project was previously produced at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the 2009 Venice Biennale. The heart of the project is semi-collaborative, improvised projects and exhibitions that eventually open to the public for full participation. On Culture Night, artists and public will be interacting together creatively.

The opening for Reverse Pedagogy is followed on Saturday September 26th by the contemporary art festival Gracelands.. All are invited for two unparalleled nights in Sligo and neibouring Leitrim. For more information visit

Artists: Dean Baldwin, Katie Bethune-Leaman, Paul Butler, Stephane Gilot, and Swintak (Canada); Mark Garry, Bea McMahon and Fiona Marron (Ireland); Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir (Iceland)

The Model is distinctive in Ireland as a multi-disciplinary arts organisation led by the contemporary visual arts, housing a major art collection of national importance, producing an innovative contemporary music programme, and hosting a film programme – all of which are mediated through an integrated Education programme. The Model is recognised internationally for its standards of excellence.

Redevelopment works for The Model are to be completed in December 2009. To learn more about the redevelopment please visit

While the main building is undergoing redevelopment, The Model is running an ambitious offsite programme throughout Sligo. The Model Satellite, the central site, has three floors of exhibition space for the contemporary exhibition and music programme. Situated in Castle House on Castle Street, the Model Satellite is in the heart of Sligo.

The Model acknowledges the support of the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Sligo Borough Council, Sligo Arts Service/Culture Night, Sligo Leader, the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, and Resource House Project, Cranmore.

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