Great programme of events coming up at Ballina Arts Centre

Week commencing 3rd October 2016

John Butler Yeats exhibition in Ballina Arts Centre


Ballina Arts Centre is a hub for all things art and culture in Ballina. Check out their latest programme of events below!


Portraits by John Butler Yeats from the Niland Collection at Ballina Arts Centre

John Butler Yeats exhibition Ballina Arts Centre


These are selected works on loan to Ballina Arts Centre from The Model, home of The Niland Collection, SligoPortraits by John Butler Yeats from the Niland Collection is an exhibition of just under twenty portraits by John Butler Yeats. Mostly executed in pencil, the portraits have as their subjects many important figures from early 20th Century Irish life.

Featuring a great many people from literary and political circles, such as John O’ Leary, Lady Augusta Gregory and Douglas Hyde amongst others, these amazing portraits beautifully capture the individuality and personality of each sitter.

This exhibition is drawn from The Niland Collection and is presented in collaboration with The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo. 

Admission free, all welcome. Runs until 26 November.




REVISIONS: GMIT Graduates 2006

REVISIONS is an exhibition by the first group of graduates from the Fine Art BA course at GMIT Mayo Campus. The official opening is on Thursday 6th October, 7.30pm.  The group feel, collectively, that ‘being first gave us a sense of exploration, of blazing a trail. While each of us has since followed our own path, we have kept in touch with one another, often working together, and a decade after graduation it seemed like a good idea to pause and take stock of where we are. This show is the result’.

The group: Liam de Burca (RIP), Anne Brennan, Loretto Cooney, Rosemary Gallagher, Pauline Garavan, Bernie Garvey O’Mara, Marliese Hertfelder, Anne Murtagh, Mary Smyth, Benita Stoney and Susie Quinn.

Admission free, all welcome.   REVISIONS runs until 5th November.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at Ballina Arts Centre


Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to welcome the Bruiser Theatre Company back to its stage with  the phenomenally popular comedy, ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’, on Wednesday, 5th October at 8pm.  Three maniacal actors clad in tights, weave, duck and dive through Shakespeare’s entire catalogue of Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. From Macbeth to As You Like It, from Romeo and Juliet to The Comedy of Errors, this is one wild evening that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

With Bruiser’s assured stamp of high quality ensemble theatre (The Canterbury Tales, Cabaret, The 39 Steps), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is a fantastic opportunity for the company to go back to their roots with this dynamic, chaotic and sizzling actor-driven romp.

Tickets: €18 / €16.  Early  booking advisable.




“Made in a Day”

Don’t miss this one-off opportunity for locally-based artists in North Mayo!!

Ballina Arts Centre is inviting artists to take part in Made in a Day, a one-off opportunity for locally-based artists in the North Mayo region to participate in an exciting visual arts experience happening at Ballina Arts Centre.

Artists are invited to come to the building and make a piece of work which will then go forward for consideration for an exhibition in December.

Saturday 26th November will be the “Making Day, and the building will be at the disposal of the participating artists, from 10am to 6pm. All the relevant facilities of the building will be available to artists on the day.

Made in a Day is open to emerging and established artists, working in any media – paint, photography, sculpture (subject to size), digital media, etc. Artists must bring their own materials and equipment (paints, brushes, easels, paper etc.).

Artists must be from, or living in, North Mayo in order to be eligible for consideration. All work must be finished on the day and ready to hang. Artists must be aged 18 or over.

The exhibition, Made in a Day will open at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 8th December and will run until Thursday 22nd December.  Participation is free and all artists living in the area are welcome.


Gis a Shot of your Bongos Mister
gis a shot on your bongos mister at Ballina Arts CentreThe outstanding Brian Fleming brings the first of his celebrated trilogy of one-man shows to Ballina Arts Centre, on Friday 7th October, 8pm.  Written and performed by Brian Fleming himself, it is a tale of three friends, two continents, fifteen mad years; a Dubliner loses himself in Dakar and brings his Senegalese teachers to a very white 1990s Dublin.

A musical storytelling from Dublin’s inner city flats to the suburbs of Senegal, experience the world through a drummer’s ears. Selected as one of only 5 from over 300 Fringe shows to play the Turnaround Festival @ Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Projection, costume, spoken word, bad dance, bad striptease, live and recorded music all combine to bring true stories to life. The audience leave, not only entertained and better informed, but with a sense that there is a story waiting be told about their own lives. Not to be missed!!

Tickets: €12 / €10.   


You can now book tickets ONLINE for Ballina Arts Centre events. Just go to and click the “BOOK NOW” tab on top of the page!

 Ballina Arts Centre is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. For further information on all events, contact Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St., Ballina, Co. Mayo. Tel: 096 73593;


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