Saturday, September 18, 2021

CULTURE NIGHT OPENING - PICS - UNBOUND

We had a fantastic event at the Town Hall Theatre in Ballinasloe last night, where Jungian psychotherapist Brendan Harding did the opening/launching honours. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us.

Group 8 with Brendan Harding

Brendan Harding

Zara Little-Campbell

Nuala O'Connor

Poem by Zara

John Soden painting


Walter Coughlan artwork




Friday, September 17, 2021

UNBOUND - CULTURE NIGHT - EXHIB PREVIEW

We had fun hanging and preparing our UNBOUND exhibition last night at the Town Hall Theatre, Ballinalsoe. The space looks wonderful and we look forward to welcoming you all.


Opening times:    Friday 17th 10am to 6pm

                            Saturday 18th 10am to 6pm

Opening event: Friday 17th, Culture Night, 7pm. Opening with refreshments, music, art, readings and a launch speech from Brendan Harding.

Brendan Harding, Juno & Finbar McLoughlin, Tommy Campbell

Dom Oglesby and Tommy Campbell

Fiona Ormsby

Juno McLoughlin & John Soden

Úna Spain

Lily Kelly

Zara Little-Campbell

John Soden

Grellan Ganly's work

Nuala O'Connor - image from Unbound/Lacrimosa

PRESS FOR UNBOUND

 Thanks to the Westmeath Independent and the Galway Advertiser for covering our Culture Night exhib so well.

WIndo piece here.

Advertiser piece here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

UNBOUND – Group 8 Exhibition, Culture Night 2021

Bowl - Tommy Campbell

For its eleventh outing, Ballinasloe-based artist collective Group 8 will hold the opening of its annual exhibition, UNBOUND, on Culture Night, Friday the 17th September, at 7pm, in Artisan Alley at the Town Hall Theatre, Ballinasloe. The exhibition will run Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, and will feature writing, paintings, wood turning, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture inspired by pandemic experiences. Covid protocols will be followed and part of the exhibition will be outdoors, to ensure viewer safety.

Textile - Joyce Little

UNBOUND is the result of collaborative work the members of Group 8 undertook, taking inspiration from the experience of living through the Covid 19 pandemic and finding hope despite loss, grief, and uncertainty.

Group 8, was founded in 2009 and is comprised of eight 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; Walter Coughlan – ceramicist; and Fiona Ormsby – textile designer.

Textile - Fiona Ormsby

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.

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

LEONARDO 500 IS IN TOP 10 OF THINGS TO DO IN GALWAY

Our exhib opening on Tuesday the 15th is featured in this week's Galway Advertiser, thanks a mill to Kernan Andrews. And it also made the Top 10 Things to do in Galway this week!



Friday, October 4, 2019

LEONARDO 500 - EXHIB OPENING

Artwork by Fiona Ormsby

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Group 8 will hold the opening of its annual exhibition, LEONARDO 500, on Tuesday the 15th October at 6pm in the Church Gallery in Ballinasloe library. The exhibition will run for two weeks from that day and features writing, paintings, photography, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, whose quincentenary is this year. Writer and art curator Margaret Hickey will open the exhibition.

LEONARDO 500 is the result of collaborative work the members of Group 8 undertook, taking inspiration from the life, art and ideas of Italian painter, inventor and literal Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was an extraordinary thinker, responsible for the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and designs for the first flying machine, parachute, and machine gun. Sigmund Freud said of him, ‘He was like a man who awoke too early in the darkness, while the others were all still asleep.’

Group 8, was founded in 2009 and is comprised of eight 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; Walter Coughlan – ceramicist; and Fiona Ormsby – textile designer.

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. See thegroup8.blogspot.com for more.

All are welcome. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.


Monday, March 4, 2019

ART & WORDS - Author Nessa O’Mahony to Read




Dublin-based writer Nessa O’Mahony is the next guest in artist collective Group 8’s Art & Words series of talks in Ballinasloe. She will appear at Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe, on International Women’s Day, Friday March 8th at 7pm. Nessa will give a reading from her début crime novel The Branchman and she will be interviewed by Group 8 member, Nuala O’Connor. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Nessa’s novel The Branchman was published in late 2018 by Arlen House. Set in Ballinasloe in 1925, it features Detective Michael Mackey, ex-British Army and Civil War veteran and one of the first members of the Free State’s new elite Special Branch. Mackey is assigned to the Garda Barracks in Ballinasloe and uncovers a plot by subversives to disrupt the peace. 

The novel is inspired by the real-life adventures of Nessa’s grandfather, Michael McCann, who was a member of the original Special Branch and was stationed as a Garda in Ballinasloe from 1929 to 1945.  Donal Ryan has described the novel as ‘a taut and absorbing thriller’ while writing in the Irish Times, Declan Burke said that ‘most fascinating, perhaps, is O’Mahony’s evocation of the wider political backdrop, that fragile, imperfect peace that took hold in the wake of the War of Independence and the Civil War.’