Artworks from the upcoming exhibition by (from left) Amy Uí Neachtain, Fiona Moore and Fiona Ormsby.

Culture night art exhibition in Ballinasloe on theme of dereliction

For its thirteenth outing, Ballinasloe-based artist collective Group 8 will hold the opening of its annual exhibition, DERELICT, on Culture Night, Friday, September 22, at 7.30pm, in the Town Band Hall, Dunlo Hill, Ballinasloe.

The exhibition will run from midday until late on Friday, and from 1pm to 6pm this Saturday, and will feature writing, paintings, textiles, photography, ceramics, mixed media, and sculpture.

Group 8 member Fiona Ormsby will run a felting workshop for adults, and children over 10 years, on Saturday afternoon, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Places are limited and those interested can sign-up on Friday at the exhibition.

The opening will be by local historian Barry Lally.

DERELICT is the result of collaborative work the members of Group 8 undertook, taking inspiration from the idea of dereliction, its concrete manifestation in our environment, as well as its symbolism and meaning. As always, each artist or writer was free to interpret the theme in whatever way they chose.

Group 8, founded in 2009, and now expanded from its original cohort of eight members, is comprised of ten visual artists and two writers.

They are: 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); Fiona Ormsby (textile designer); Fiona Moore (painter).

The group were recently delighted to welcome a new member, ceramicist and bridal accessories specialist Amy Uí Neachtain, who trades as AUN Bridal.

Group 8 is a non-profit, professional arts group who came together in Ballinasloe 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 to the opening and to visit the exhibition across the two days. Free admission. Refreshments will be served on Culture Night.