A feast of arts in Ballinasloe Library

Full Circle by Joyce Little, one of the exhibits in MAPS, which will be launched next Tuesday, as will Nuala O'Connor's latest novel, Becoming Belle.
Full Circle by Joyce Little, one of the exhibits in MAPS, which will be launched next Tuesday, as will Nuala O'Connor's latest novel, Becoming Belle.

The Ballinasloe-based artist collective Group 8 will hold their largest cultural event to date on Tuesday next, September 11, at 6pm. It will take place in the Church Gallery at Ballinasloe Library.

The evening will see the launch of Becoming Belle, the major new novel by Group 8-member Nuala O’Connor, as well as the opening of the group’s exhibition, MAPS, which will feature art and writing on the theme of maps.

MAPS is the result of collaborative work undertaken by Group 8 members around the theme of maps in all their guises; as geographical topography as well as maps of the mind and heart. The show will feature paintings, photography, felted textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture.

For Culture Night on Friday, September 21, members of the group will give talks on their work from 6pm to 8pm.

Meanwhile, Nuala’s novel, Becoming Belle, which featured in last week’s Tribune, follows the fortunes of music-hall actress Isabel Bilton, who was the last Countess Clancarty to occupy Ballinasloe’s Garbally Court. Set in Victorian London and Ireland, it’s a witty, feminist novel that should delight anyone familiar with the area.

Group 8 was founded in 2009 as a non-profit organisation aimed at fostering awareness, co-operation and learning between artists and their community.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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