September 2017 at Ballina Arts Centre

September 2017 at Ballina Arts Centre

As we approach Autumn and the longer nights start drawing, in you can be assured that there will be lots going on for September 2017 at Ballina Arts Centre as the winter programme starts to take shape. Below are some of the highlights of the coming month, and as always, tickets are available to book online in advance at

EXHIBITION: H U M A N C H A I N – Dutch Contemporary Drawings

(Opening on Tuesday 7th Sept at 8pm and showing until Saturday 28th October)

Human Chain: Dutch Contemporary Drawings, is an exhibition of drawings and works on paper by seven Dutch artists, who at one point were resident artists at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in nearby Ballycastle.

Arno Kramer’s contact with the Irish art scene is still going since his first visit and work period in Ireland in 1995. In 2004 he was invited for a residency in Ballinaglen Arts Foundation and has returned there frequently.

A lot has happened over the last 20 years in Dutch contemporary drawing. Showing solo-exhibitions in galleries and museums in Ireland, Kramer is interested in bringing artists together to show how the development and quality of Dutch drawings is growing. The presentation in H U M A N C H A I N in Ballina Arts Centre in September 2017 will show that there is a huge variety in content and also in technique and sizes of the drawing of these seven Dutch artists.   Selected by Arno Kramer, the artists in the exhibition will be showing their work on Thursday 7th September, at 8pm, in Ballina Arts Centre’s beautiful gallery and it will run until 28th October.

Admission: Free


EXHIBITION: Your Gods:  ShelkyBean 

(Opening on Thursday, 14th September at 8pm and showing until Saturday 28th October)

The Ballina Arts Centre is also delighted to be showing a second exhibition in September, local artist Richael Carroll‘s Find Your Gods:  ShelkyBean exhibition.  With impressive views of the River Moy, this exhibition will be opened in the Concourse Gallery, on Thursday, 14th September at 8pm.

The exhibition consists of digital illustrations by Kiltimagh based artist, ShelkyBean.  Modern day gods take many forms; actors, musicians, artists, political figures. They are necessary to navigate through the world which is “dark and full of terrors”.  ShelkyBean has created portraits based on her own collection of gods, tenderly arranging them in dream landscapes, existing somewhere between fan and allegorical art.  They are an attempt to question many issues, while also keeping in mind these individuals we raise to god-like status are fallible human beings too.  This exhibition is upported by Mayo County Council.

Admission: Free


COMEDY: Conal Gallen and Rory Gallen – “How’s Your Father?”

Saturday, 9th September, 8pm (Age 16+)

This hilarious brand new comedy play from father and son team, Conal and Rory Gallen: How’s Your Father? It is a non-stop, laugh a minute riot of confusion and constant laughter.

Bridie Murphy opens Bridie’s Boutique B&B, much to her husband Willie’s bewilderment. With their young, confused neighbour, Dick, having some family problems, Bridie steps in to help. There’s only one thing for it, bring in the Priest -which only serves to make things even more confusing.

This side-splitting tale is of love, deceit, mystery and a bit of “How’s Your Father” thrown in for good measure!

Tickets: €25


LIVE MUSIC: Leslie Dowdall & Mike Hanrahan 

Friday 15th September, 8pm

Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to host Leslie Dowdall, the voice and songwriter behind the sound of ‘In Tua Nua’.  Playing with her is Mike Hanrahan, the voice and songwriter that is Stockton’s Wing.  Together these two artists bring their phenomenal sound to Ballina – this is really a gig not to miss.

Leslie Dowdall’s solo career began with the release of No Guilt, No Guile in 1997, which won high praise and featured hit single ‘Wonderful Thing’. Mike Hanrahan’s first solo recording Someone Like You featured the classic ‘We Had it All’ a song later recorded by Ronnie Drew, Eleanor Shanley and Mary Coughlan. Mike spent 14 years as a member of Stockton’s Wing and many years as producer, writer, and guitarist with Ronnie Drew. 

 Tickets: € 15 / €12.

CULTURE NIGHT at Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Arts Centre has participated in Culture Night since it became a nationwide event, and each year the event gets bigger and better, with more and more people willing to come out and take a walk on the cultural side. For this year’s Culture Night on Friday 22nd September 2017 at Ballina Arts Centre, there are two exhibitions to view, with a Gallery talk from Artist Richael Carroll at 6pm.

There will also be two children’s workshops, a 3D map-making workshop and an introduction to figure drawing for teenagers. To top it off there will be a musical showcase by members of Music Generation Mayo’s The Core youth music project. 

Culture Night 2 – Open Mic

Calling all poets and prose writers to Ballina Arts Centre on Friday 22nd September, at 7.30pm!  The Ox Mountain Poets and Ballina Arts Centre are offering all aspiring poets and writers a chance to shine. Following the success of the first Open Mic night, this event has been made a regular addition to the Ballina Arts Centre Calendar. Writers and performers can get some real experience performing their work.  Open to anybody and everybody please just come along on the night and read your work!

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Mayo County Council and local partners.


LIVE MUSIC: Esposito Quartet bring their beautiful classical music vibes to Ballina Arts Centre

Saturday 23rd September, 8pm

Mia Cooper and Anna Cashell (violins), Joachim Roewer (viola), and William Butt (cello) have a combined bounty of experience as orchestra leaders, principals, professors, recital and recording artists. Their common love of the quartet treasury drove them to form in 2010. Their name reflects their admiration for Michele Esposito, pianist and composer, who for forty years from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society.

The programme will include works by Schubert, Beethoven and Esposito.

Presented in association with ClassicalLinks. Supported by an Arts Council Touring Award.

Tickets: €18 / €16


Ballina Arts Centre’s ongoing literary series – The Moy Sessions Vol. VI

Thursday 28th September, 8pm

Ballina Arts Centre’s ongoing literary series, The Moy Sessions continues  with west of Ireland based German poet Bettina John von Freyend-Peterseil.  Bettina has lived for 32 years in the West of Ireland where she has built her home and has tended the land, been teaching, writing and creating collage work. Reading from her recent work “For Crying out loud-voice of an exile” this compilation of poetry speaks of exile and the human longing to belong.  Tickets: €8 / €5.


Will Killeen brings the blues to Ballina Arts Centre

Saturday 30th September, 8pm

Will Killeen is a highly-acclaimed Irish acoustic Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has a totally unique style: Celtic roots mixed with American Blues. You can expect songs from early Blues standards through to Dylan classics delivered with inimitable percussive guitar and whirling vocals.  Considered to be one of the foremost slide guitar players in Europe today, he will delight the audience at Ballina Arts Centre .

Tickets: €16 / €14.

There you have it – be sure to get booking and enjoy your September 2017 at Ballina Arts Centre!

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