Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Here is Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Úna Spain's contribution to the Group 8 exhibition (on all this week!), Made in Ballinasloe. Nuala's poetry, Úna's images and, towards the end, video footage.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


An enormous crowd turned out last night to the opening of Made in Ballinasloe. We were delighted to have the support of so many people. The Bee Jazz Band played beautiful music; Michael McCullagh launched the exhibition graciously; Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Fiona Keane read; everyone enjoyed food and wine; and the exhibition looked wonderful.

Group 8 sends special thanks to Hayden's Hotel who were very supportive and helpful - we really appreciated it. And to Úna O'Connor who sold the catalogue.

Grace Daniels's arty cupcakes

Maeve & Róisín Fahy
Jack Soden
Tommy's sculpture, Nuala's book

John Soden
Marian Canavan

Cupcakes closeup

Cecilia & John

Tommy Campbell & Úna Spain
Brendan Grealy

John Dillon

Úna & Nuala
The Bee Jazz Band

Fiona Keane reading Zara Little-Campbell's story

Michael McCullagh opening the exhibition

Nuala reading her poetry
Part of the crowd

Cúán Ó Conchúir-Dillon & Lyra O'Connor-Carr

Don & Lily admire Brendan's work

Fiona Keane & Joyce Little
Fiona Glynn & Úna Spain
Nuala signing her book
Jenny & Olivia

Joyce & Mags O'Gorman

Naoise Murphy & Finn Ó Conchúir-Dillon

Úna O'Connor

Saturday, March 10, 2012

THE SET UP - Made in Ballinasloe

A sneak preview of Made in Ballinasloe via our set-up pics. This is just some of the work. See you tonight at 7pm to see all of the beautiful work we have in store for you. The visual poetry that Úna Spain and Nuala Ní Chonchúir collaborated on will be on YouTube shortly.

Joyce & Úna setting up Joyce's chess set
Fiona getting her work ready to hang
John Soden - hung!
Grellan Ganly - hung!
Fiona hanging her work
Joyce Little piece - close up
Joyce Little - chess piece
Joyce Little - chess piece
Juno admiring Joyce's chess set
Úna setting up the TV for our visual poem - now where does that scart go?!?
Fiona's work

Friday, March 2, 2012


Group 8 is delighted to announce the opening of its 3rd annual exhibition at Hayden's Hotel, Ballinasloe, on Saturday 10th March at 7pm. All welcome!

The exhibition runs from the 10th to 18th March 2012, including Saint Patrick's Day.

Admission free and all are welcome.

Made in Ballinasloe
Shoes are no longer made in Ballinasloe and neither are pens or circuit boards. Large scale industry does not exist in our town. So what is made in Ballinasloe? Babies are made here. Art is made here. Boxers are made here and soccer players. Swimmers, dancers and musicians are made here. Cakes, actors, friendships and marriages are made here. Memories are made in Ballinasloe.
Our 2012 exhibition, Made in Ballinasloe, is the result of collaborative work we undertook, responding to all the things that are made in Ballinasloe. We welcome you to enjoy paintings, books, sculpture, photography, textiles, videos and writing that have been made here in Ballinasloe.