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

Culture Night Exhibition Opening - Majesty in the Minute

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

Jenny Wood-Sullivan Artist Talk

Jenny Wood-Sullivan
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.

Monday, April 18, 2016


Tomorrow is the last chance to see the Triptych exhibition at Ballinasloe Library. Here are a few pics from the launch night.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Group 8 members John Soden, Brendan Grealy and Grellan Ganly are having a joint exhibition of their work entitled TRIPTYCH at Ballinasloe Library next week. The opening is on Tuesday 12th April at 7pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The exhibition will run until the 19th of April.

Monday, March 7, 2016


Sheila Flanagan
We had a great night on Friday at Tosnú Art & Craft Gallery's studio for our second Art & Words talk with artist Sheila Flanagan. Sheila gave a slideshow and talk about her own art work, as well as about ArtFarm and its residencies, and the community work she does to bring art to Ballygar and its surrounding areas.

Nuala introducing Sheila
Sheila talked about her use of the feminine in art and her love of found objects. She also spoke about her reservations about artists being overly productive. When she first moved to what is now ArtFarm, she realised that she had to figure out a way to be in synch with her new community and she sought to solve that by bringing artists, and art, to the community at large. She set up artists' residencies in which the artists engaged with the local community, and also set up events for both the Bealtaine Festival and Culture Night.

Sheila in full flow

Sheila also spoke about the miniscule arts budget allocated to County Galway (€400k for the whole of the county area, including Connemara) and she emphasised the need for groups to unite and lobby for better funding.

In the future, ArtFarm may run a writer's residency and we will bring news of that to you anon. In the meantime, go here for further info on residencies for visual artists.

ArtFarm - slideshow image
Sheila is an artist of great energy, talent, charm and commitment, and the studio at Tosnú was packed with eager listeners on Friday night. Thanks to everyone who came along to enjoy Sheila's talk and the copious amount of tea, coffee and cakes.


The following images are my photos of slideshow images of Sheila's artwork so excuse the poor quality. They don't do the pieces justice, but you get the idea:

Slideshow image of eggshell faces

Slideshow image of the reverse of Time Please

Slideshow image of woman made from recycled plywood with mirror in stomach cavity

Slideshow image of woman in a web