New Séamus McCormack exhibition in Ballina Arts Centre

Treading The Boards, always looking for his father in the dust is the second solo exhibition from Séamus McCormack. This exhibition will have its official opening on Wednesday November 3 at 8pm in the Ballina Arts Centre. In this exhibition of lens-based works, the artist utilises the malleable qualities of fiction, citing classic works but aiming to go beyond the narratives, exploring hidden histories, contexts, and personal engagements with the texts. The works play in the space between documentation and the iconic quality of a staged composition.

He explains: “I try and avoid creating strictly agenda-driven or didactic documentaries, but instead develop personal scenarios in which individual voices resonate from the texts I cite.” Free admission. All are welcome to attend, exhibition runs until November 27.

The White Ribbon hits the big screen at Ballina Film Club

The White Ribbon is a 2009 drama filmed in black and white, written and directed by Michael Haneke. The story darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I. According to Haneke, the film is about “the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature”.

Both provocative and elegantly executed, this is essential viewing – an examination of perhaps how violence can unwittingly take root in a society that ostensibly believes in other values.

This is a multi award winning movie, having won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2009, a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, and was recently named Best Movie at the BBC Four World Cinema Award. The White Ribbon will be shown on Tuesday November 2 at 8pm, admission is €7.

Halloween art workshops

From Tuesday October 26 to Friday October 29, Ballina Arts Centre will be hosting a Halloween art workshop. There will be two different workshops running, one for four to seven-year-olds from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and for those over eight years of age from 2pm to 4pm. The cost of the workshop is €40 per child, and booking is essential. You can contact Ballina Arts Centre on 096 73593.


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