Wednesday, October 26, 2011
We reconvened last month after our summer break and we are raring to go with our new project 'Made in Ballinasloe'. We will each produce work to this theme which we will exhibit next March (2012) at our annual exhibition. Watch this space!
We hope to have a literary event in January 2012 - details to be tightened up and announced anon.
We are delighted to welcome our newest members, Fiona Glynn who is a Textile Designer, and painter John Soden, to the group. Watch out for their wonderful work in March.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
We had our launch of Ten Square Miles in Athlone last night. Big thanks to John Donohue who launched the exhibition for us and to Gearóid O'Brien for hosting the exhib, which now runs until the end of July. Thanks too to all those who turned out to support us, including the local press and radio.
|The exhibition set up in the Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone|
|Úna Spain & Joyce Little, preparing for the launch|
|Gearóid O'Brien of Athlone Library|
|John Donohue with Joyce Little and Tommy Campbell|
|Gearóid and friend|
|John Donohue launching Ten Square Miles|
|Nuala Ní Chonchúir reading at the launch, with daughter Juno|
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Group 8 are taking part in the Week of Welcomes in Aughrim, County Galway, on Thursday the 30th of June in the Aughrim Interpretative Centre, with the exhibition, Ten Mile2.
We will also launch the exhibition, Ten Mile2, on Thursday the 7th July at 7pm in the Aidan Heavey Public Library, Church Street, Athlone. The exhibition will run for the month of July at the library and admission is free.
Ten Mile2 is the result of collaborative work the group undertook, responding to the Battle of Aughrim in 1691, where up to 9,000 people were killed. Aughrim was the decisive battle of the Jacobite/Williamite War. This battle took place five miles from Ballinasloe in an area of ten square miles.
Group 8 is comprised of five visual artists, two writers and one singer: Joyce Little – visual and multimedia artist; Tommy Campbell – sculptor; Grellan Ganly – visual artist; Úna Spain – visual artist; Brendan Grealy – visual artist; Nuala Ní Chonchúir – writer; Zara Little-Campbell – writer; and Lee Ní Chinnéide – singer.
Ten Mile2, and its accompanying catalogue, will be launched on the night. All are welcome to come and see sculpture, photography, installations, textile work and paintings; listen to live poetry, and prose, and enjoy a glass of wine.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Our opening was a great success on Saturday night and the exhibition continues all this week, 11am to 6pm daily. Free admission. Here are a selection of pictures from the night.
|One half of The Lunar Jazz Ensemble|
|Lee Ní Chinnéide|
|Tommy Campbell and Joyce Little; Úna's work in the background|
|Joshua Little-Campbell & friend|
|Grellan Ganly & Ber O'Halloran|
|Ella Grealy & Aisling Murphy, admiring Brendan's work|
|Naoise Murphy & Finn Dillon|
|Tommy strikes a deal over the bog oak dog|
|Juno & Finbar McLoughlin|
|Nuala Ní Chonchúir & Úna O'Connor|
|Úna Spain & friend|
|John Dillon, with Grellan's work|
|Martina Finn & Matty Ganly|
|People enjoying the art and wine|
|Nuala with her art book, Joyce and Tommy's work behind|
Friday, March 11, 2011
|Tommy Campbell hanging Grellan Ganly's work|
|Grellan and Brendan Grealy assessing the space|
|Bonding: Úna Spain and Juno McLoughlin|
|Ceramic bronzed head sculpture - by Grellan Ganly|
|Úna and Brenadan, making decisions|
|Grellan fixing one of his paintings|
|Úna deciding where to hang what - Juno looking on|
|The tools of the trade|
|Nuala Ní Chonchúir's photo book in situ|
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Group 8 will launch our latest exhibition, Ten Mile2, which is inspired by the historic Battle of Aughrim in 1691, on Saturday the 12th March at 7pm in Hayden's Hotel. Join us for a glass of wine and music from The Lunar Jazz Ensemble.
Free admission. All welcome.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
We enjoyed a group visit to the interpretative centre at Aughrim on Sunday, which the curator very kindly opened for us especially. We have chosen Aughrim and its famous 1691 battle as the jumping off point for our next collaborative exhibition. Watch this space!