Sunday, March 17, 2013


A few pics from our hugely successful launch night.

Bernadette Finn admires John Soden's work
Úna Spain & Joyce Little, prepping - Úna's work in background
iRadio's Fergal D'Arcy launching the exhibition
Úna O'Connor and Lyra O'Connor-Carr
Artists John Soden, Grellan Ganly & Tommy Campbell - Brendan Grealy's work behind
Finbar McLoughlin with Úna Spain's work
Writer Margaret Hickey reads Zara Little-Campbell's poems
Juno McLoughlin
Lyra O'Connor-Carr
Nuala Ní Chonchúir reading her prose
Johnny Johnston and friend, provided emigrant songs
Writer Mary Melvin-Geoghegan studies Joyce'Little's artwork
Michael McCullagh and Maureen Cahalan - Zara's work behind
Group 8: Tommy, Grellan, John, Brendan, Nuala, Úna & Joyce (Zara & Fiona Glynn not in pic)

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Today is set-up day and, as always with our exhibitions, we are giving a sneak preview of the work. Please join us tomorrow night at 7pm in Hayden's for the launch. Wine, food, song, readings and lots of beautiful art.
Glazed ceramic head - Grellan Ganly
John Soden hanging his paintings
Jack Soden - helping!
Nuala Ní Chonchúir's phototext book American Wake
Catalogue and wall cards
Joyce Little hanging her work
Brendan Grealy's work waiting to be hung
Úna Spain prepping her lightboxes
Testing the launch wine

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Group 8 Gathering exhibition launch

The Boat, bog oak, Tommy Campbell

Group 8 launches its fourth annual exhibition of art and writing, The Group 8 Gathering, on Friday the 15th March at 7pm in The Regency Room in Hayden’s Hotel, Ballinasloe. The exhibition will take place between the 15th and the 18th of March 2013, daily from 11am to 6pm, including Saint Patrick’s Day. 

The Group 8 Gathering is the result of collaborative work the group undertook around the theme of emigration and returning home. Ballinasloe has seen its share of emigrants and even inspired one of the most famous images of emigration: Erskine Nicol’s ‘The Emigrants’ which is housed in London’s Tate Gallery. The painting shows a red-shawled woman at Ballinasloe train station on her way, with others, to Galway to board boats to America. The Group 8 Gathering draws on historic and present day experiences of emigration through installation, photography, fiction, paintings, sculpture and poetry.

Group 8 is comprised of seven visual artists and two writers: 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; John Soden – painter; and Fiona Glynn – textile designer.

The group’s mission statement sets out what we hope to achieve: ‘Group 8 is a non-profit, professional arts group, united in the belief that art worthy of exposure can express the vitality of a community, and foster awareness, imagination and co-operative learning between the artist and their community.’ The group also hosts literary events.

The Group 8 Gathering, and its accompanying catalogue, will be launched by Fergal D’Arcy. All are welcome to come and see sculpture, photography, installations, and paintings; listen to live poetry and fiction readings, music from Johnny Johnston, and enjoy a glass of wine. Admission is free.