Sunday, March 9, 2014


Batik by Fiona Ormsby
Ballinasloe-based professional artist collective, Group 8, launch their fifth annual exhibition of art and writing, After Garbally, on Friday the 14th March at 7pm in The Regency Room in Hayden’s Hotel, Ballinasloe. The exhibition will take place between the 14th and the 17th of March 2014, daily from 11am to 6pm, including Saint Patrick’s Day.

After Garbally is the result of collaborative work the group undertook around the theme of local landmark Garbally, in all its guises. Formerly Garbally Court, home of the Trench family – the Earls of Clancarty – since the 18th Century, Garbally and its grounds are better known now as the home of two secondary school: Saint Joseph’s College for boys and Ard Scoil Mhuire for girls. The Trench family and Garbally itself exerted an important influence on the town of Ballinasloe and its inhabitants.

Garbally by John Soden
Group 8 used Garbally and its landscape, buildings and people as stepping off points for installations, photography, fiction, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, batik and poetry.

After Garbally, and its accompanying catalogue, will be launched by Father Dan O’Donovan. All are welcome to come and see sculpture, photography, installations and paintings; listen to live poetry and fiction readings, and music from Johnny Johnston and Liam Loughrey, and enjoy a glass of wine. Admission is free, all welcome.
Ceramics by Walter Coughlan

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