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.



  1. Hi folks - we will cover this Cultural night offering in the Ballinalsoe LIFE Magazine which will be out on the 1st of October but it wont drive footfall. We could if anyone was interested vist two people or have two from you come to the Town Hall an make a small promtional video - shoot it on Mon and have it go up Tue to help get folks to see the show ? Will someone please come back to us on the concept ? Slainte Colm Croffy LIFE EDITOR

    1. I sent you an email about this last week, Colm, thanks.