Ballina Arts Centre

Exhibition: The Horse Show: Group Show

Presented in association with the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Art history is full of horses. From Renaissance paintings, such as Uccello's famous battle and hunting scenes, to the work of Stubbs and Munnings, horses represent power, magnificence, and glory. Although much studied and painted, the dynamics of the horse remained a mystery, people took bets on whether all four hooves left the ground when a horse was galloping - a question that was not settled until 1872, when Muybridge's famous photographs appeared.

Cars have replaced horses, and once central to our lives, horses are now confined to leisure and pleasure, but what do contemporary artists make of the horse? Many say horses are one of the most difficult subjects, because it is so easy to over-sentimentalise, although in this exhibition, which features Irish and international artists including Peter Curling, Basil Blackshaw, Max Streicher, Katherine Beug, Nick Miller, Nevan Lahart, Perry Ogden and Tim Flach, the results are anything but sentimental. Wild, wonderful, intoxicating, and intriguing, The Horse Show rediscovers our passion for this astonishing animal.

Curated by Patrick T Murphy (director RHA ) and Gemma Tipton.

Admission is free. All are welcome. Exhibition runs until December 17.

Perspectives 6: Ballina Open Exhibition

Official opening on Thursday December 1 at 8pm.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for locally-based artists in the north Mayo region to exhibit their work at Ballina Arts Centre and is a platform for emerging local artists.

Perspectives 6 is supported by Ballina Beverages.

Admission is free. All are welcome. Exhibition runs until December 23.

Film Club

Animal Kingdom (Dir David Michod, Australia 2010 )

Tuesday November 29 at 8pm.

Welcome to the jungle known as the Melbourne underworld. Animal Kingdom uses this edgy locale to unspool a gripping tale of survival and revenge. Pope Cody, an armed robber on the run from a group of renegade detectives, is in hiding, surrounded by his roughneck friends and family. Soon, Pope’s nephew, Joshua J Cody, arrives and moves in with his hitherto estranged relatives. When tensions between the family and the police reach a bloody peak, J finds himself at the centre of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns the family upside down. Wielding a formidable cinematic lexicon, writer/director David Michôd shows complete command of every frame as he shifts between simmering intensity and gut-wrenching drama. There is not a false note in the film as it follows through on the tantalizing promise displayed in his short films and unleashes a fierce new voice in Australian cinema. Admission €5.

Jack L

December 2, 8pm

Jack L has performed to sell out crowds in America, a crowd of 40,000 enjoyed his performance at Ireland’s Wittness Festival, and he is one of only a few distinguished artists to have performed at the Glastonbury Festival for three consecutive days. The remarkable Irish singer, who has drawn comparisons to legendary talents including Frank Sinatra, Jacques Brel, Scott Walker, and Nick Cave, is renowned for his exceptional live performances, has seven acclaimed albums to his credit: the latest, The Story So Far, a collection of his best material to date.

From the magic to the mundane, from the carnal to the cosmic, Jack L’s distinctive songs and electrifying vocal style make this a concert not to be missed. As an acoustic performance in the intimate setting of the theatre, this promises to be a very special night indeed.

The show will take place on December 2 at 8pm. Booking essential. Admission is €20.

Ballina Arts Centre is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays. For further information, contact Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett Street, Ballina. Telephone: 096 73593; email: [email protected];


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