Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008

It’s that time of year again, when Ballina Arts Centre presents the best of work by local-based artists working in all media, with Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008 coming in November.

Perspectives 3 is the third year of this highly successful initiative. The exhibition started in 2006, with the intention of giving the artists based in the Ballina area an opportunity to show their work at the Arts Centre. In 2006, 18 artists participated. Last year, there were 40, showcasing the best art being created in the Ballina region.

2008 promises a similar explosion of colour and imagery with over 40 artists on board for what promises to be another very successful exhibition. Like last year, there will also be a Primary Schools Exhibition Visit programme running for the duration of the exhibition. The programme comprises a number of fun activities for the visiting schoolchildren and gives them intimate access to locally made art of a high calibre.

The exhibition is also a wonderful opportunity for early Christmas shopping! Audrey Robinson, President of Ballina Chamber, will officially open the exhibition this Wednesday November 5, at 8pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008 is supported by Ballina Beverages.

Perspectives 3: Ballina Open Exhibition 2008 November 5 to 28.

Film club back on the screen

Ballina Film Club’s autumn programme continues next week with Kings on Tuesday November 4 at 8pm in Ballina Arts Centre. Tom Collins’ film tells the story of a group of young Irish-speaking men who emigrate to London in the late 1970s to work on the building sites, promising to return home rich and successful. In the 25 years that they have been there, the clock does not stop for alienation or inner despair. They are working men: strong, even indestructible. Any gnawing feelings that something is not quite right quickly dissipate in the camaraderie of their mates. That all changes when tragedy strikes Jackie, the youngest. Just before his planned return to Ireland, his body is found bruised and battered on the railway track, crushed by the passing Kilburn train. The gang gathers for a wake, a final celebration, to give Jackie a send-off fit for a king: a king of the Kilburn High Road. The film features a fine cast including Colm Meaney, Donal O’Kelly and Brendan Conroy, and is an adaptation of Jimmy Murphy’s critically acclaimed play Kings of Kilburn High Road.

Printmaking Workshops for Adults – few places left

There are a number of places left for the Printmaking for Adults workshops series at Ballina Arts Centre during the month of November. Taking place on Saturdays November 8, 15, 22 and 29, the workshops will be delivered by locally based artist Marianne Heemskerk and will focus on techniques of drypoint and carborundum on aluminium plates. Participants will work from their own designs and experiment with print techniques and colour. No previous experience required. These are full-day workshops. Times: 10.30am to 3.30pm (with a break for lunch ). Ticket price €60 and €55 concession (includes materials ). Pre-booking for all workshops is essential.


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