A piece by textile designer Fiona Ormsby of the Ballinasloe-based Group 8 artists' collective.

Ballinasloe artists preparing for Culture Night exhibition this Friday

For its eleventh outing, Ballinasloe-based artists' collective Group 8 will hold the opening of its annual exhibition, UNBOUND, on Culture Night this Friday (September 17) at 7pm in Artisan Alley at the Town Hall Theatre, Ballinasloe.

The exhibition will run all day this Friday and Saturday, and will feature writing, paintings, wood turning, textiles, photography, ceramics, mixed media, and sculpture inspired by pandemic experiences.

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).

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.