Coronavirus and the arts: The Model goes online with ‘Inside Out’ initiative

The coronavirus pandemic is changing how everyone is now working — if they are working.

And that includes the arts sector.

‘Closed’ is the sign now on most businesses and outlets.

And for those who are out and about, the two-kilometre limit and adherence to ‘social distancing” are now dictating our behaviour.

But in the great effort to overcome these restrtictions, entry to the online world is proving to be the answer.

And when it comes to the arts, it’s no different.

Take The Model in Sligo, for example.

Although arts centre and gallery space is closed to the public, it is reaching out through a new initiative, appropriately called ‘Inside Out.’

It’s an alternative online programme for all ages and can be accessed through a pop-up link on website.

It offers a variety of opportunities for interactive engagement through children’s activcities, a virtual experience of the current exhibition ‘The Sea Around Us’, and much more.

Director of The Model, Emer McGarry, has been telling Ocean FM News about the ‘The Model: Inside Out’ initiative:

Further plans over the coming weeks include the launch of intergenerational activities that children and grandparents can undertake together even though they apart; the enhancement of The Niland Collection online database with more works, texts and audio descriptions; and a newly-commissioned Sound Art project with composer in residence Karen Power.