Great press ahead of our exhibition opening and book launch on Tuesday 11th Sep. in Ballinasloe Library. Thanks to both the Connacht Tribune (below) and the Galway Advertiser.
Friday, September 7, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Group 8 will hold its largest cultural event to date in Ballinasloe Library in September 2018. The event will see the launch of Becoming Belle, the major new novel by Group 8 member Nuala O’Connor, as well as the opening of the group’s exhibition, MAPS, which will feature art and writing that focuses on the theme of - unsurprisingly - maps! Broadcaster and former TD Mary O’Rourke will launch Nuala’s novel.
The book launch and opening will take place on Tuesday the 11th September at 6pm in the Church Gallery in the library and the exhibition will run for two weeks from that day, encompassing Culture Night on the 21st September, when members of the group will give artist talks from 6pm to 8pm.
Nuala O’Connor’s novel, Becoming Belle, follows the fortunes of music hall actress Isabel Bilton, who was the last Countess Clancarty to occupy Garbally Court in Ballinasloe. It’s a witty and inherently feminist novel about passion and marriage, set in Victorian London and Ireland, and will delight anyone familiar with Ballinasloe.
The exhibition MAPS is the result of collaborative work the members of Group 8 undertook around the theme of maps in all their guises, as geographical topography as well as maps of the mind and heart. The exhibition will feature paintings, photography, felted textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture.
Group 8, was founded in 2009 and is comprised of eight visual artists and two writers: Joyce Little – visual and multimedia artist; Tommy Campbell – sculptor and woodturner; Lily Kelly – visual artist; Grellan Ganly – visual artist; Úna Spain – visual artist; Nuala O’Connor – writer; Zara Little-Campbell – writer; John Soden – painter; Walter Coughlan – ceramicist; and Fiona Ormsby – textile designer.
Group 8 is a non-profit, professional arts group whose aim is to foster awareness, imagination and co-operative learning between the artist and the community. The group hosts exhibitions, literary events, artist talks, readings, workshops and book launches. See thegroup8.blogspot.com for more.
All are welcome. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Portumna-based writer Noelle Lynskey is the next guest in artist collective Group 8’s Art & Words series of talks in Ballinasloe. She will appear at Tosnú Art & Craft Gallery’s studio in Brackernagh, Ballinasloe, on November 17th at 7.30pm. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Noelle, now living in Portumna, is originally from Strokestown. She is Director of Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna for the last eleven years and founder and member of the Maple Poetry Group and Portumna Pen Pushers writing group as well as a member of The Peers, a professional writing group of ten years standing. She is also a member of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival committee.
In the past, Noelle has read at Cúirt Literary Festival, Baffle, Inis Cealtra Arts Festival, Terryglass Arts Festival, Shorelines Arts Festival, RTE Sunday Miscellany, Clifden Arts Festival and Cos Cos, with poems published in many anthologies and literary magazines including Crannóg, Skylight, Scríobh, Roscommon Anthology, Maple Leaves and West 47. Her literary awards include Baffle, Scríobh and the Hannah Greally Award.
With three adult daughters, Noelle works as a community pharmacist in Portumna. Poetry is one of Noelle’s passions and when possible, she takes time out to write. She is currently readying a poetry collection for publication.
We are delighted to welcome Noelle Lynskey, a stalwart of the Galway arts scene, to read at Tosnú. We promise a magical night of words, candlelight, tea, cake and lively discussion. Everyone is welcome.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Here are some pics from our hugely successful opening night on Culture Night. We were delighted with the enormous turnout and the warm welcome from the library and our fellow Ballinaslovians. Thanks to all of you for making it a great evening.
|Juno McLoughlin arriving for the opening|
|Detail of Fiona Ormsby's work|
|Fiona O and friends|
|Ally and Jack Soden and Juno McLoughlin|
|Lily Kelly's lobster and light piece|
|Some of the crowd|
|Group 8: John, Nuala, Grellan, Zara, Úna, Joyce, Lily, Tommy|
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Some sneak preview pics of our day of hanging the Majesty in the Minute exhibition. Please note the opening is now at 6pm, Friday the 22nd, in the Church Gallery, Ballinasloe Library. The colour blue runs through the work and we hadn't planned it.
|Joyce Little adjusting a piece|
|Juno McLoughlin admiring a Lily Kelly piece|
|Close up of a Joyce Little piece|
|Cover of Nuala O'Connor's prose and photo book 'Angel of the Sea'|
|A Grellan Ganly ceramic|
|John Soden doing his fave job: putting on strings :)|
|Lily Kelly, hanging work|
|John Soden's paintings|
|Grellan Ganly's ceramics and a painting|
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
|Majesty in the Minute #2 - textile art by Fiona Glynn|
Ballinasloe-based artist collective Group 8 will have their exhibition opening on Culture Night. The exhibition, called Majesty in the Minute, will feature art and writing that focuses on the small moments in the large.
|Main Street, Ballinasloe - John Soden|
The exhibition opens Friday the 22nd September at 6.30pm in the Church Gallery in Ballinasloe Library and will run for two weeks from that day.
Majesty in the Minute is the result of collaborative work the group undertook around the theme of the minuscule in life and in art. The exhibition will feature paintings, photography, felted textiles, flash fiction, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture.
|Untitled - artwork by Lily Kelly|
Group 8, was founded in 2009 and is comprised of seven visual artists and two writers: Joyce Little – visual and multimedia artist; Tommy Campbell – sculptor and woodturner; Lily Kelly – visual artist; Grellan Ganly – visual artist; Úna Spain – visual artist; Nuala O’Connor – writer; Zara Little-Campbell – writer; John Soden – painter; and Fiona Ormsby – textile designer.
|Jesus - Úna Spain|
Group 8 is a non-profit, professional arts group whose aim is to foster awareness, imagination and co-operative learning between the artist and the community. The group hosts exhibitions, literary events, artist talks, readings, workshops and book launches.
All are welcome. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.
Monday, April 3, 2017
County Galway-based artist Jenny Wood-Sullivan is the third guest in artist collective Group 8’s Art & Words series of talks in Ballinasloe. She will present a slideshow, show paintings and a video, and talk about her art practice.
Jenny will appear at Tosnú Art & Craft Gallery’s studio in Brackernagh, Ballinasloe, on Friday April 21st at 7pm. Admission is free. Tosnú will be open on the night selling quality hand-crafted gifts and cards. Refreshments will be served.
|Overlord by Jenny Wood-Sullivan|
Jenny Wood-Sullivan is a multidisciplinary artist whose main focus is painting. Her work is rooted in an interest in ancient history, language, storytelling, philosophy and symbols. She also draws influence from the sciences, and has a keen interest in physics and the natural world. There is an undeniable influence of science fiction incorporated into much of her imagery. Re-occurring animal motifs, common to many cultures, are used symbolically to represent humanity as a whole within the overall context of humankind’s place in the universe.
Jenny was born on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Co. Galway. She worked as a community artist/arts facilitator for twelve years with various centres and groups in Dublin. She is a graduate of the DIT School of Creative Arts.
All are welcome. Free admission.