Great crowd for launch ‘Silent Moves’ at Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Arts

Silent Moves

A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out at Ballina Arts Centre earlier this month for the launch of Silent Moves, an exhibition of film pieces made by Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies groups, under the direction of artist and filmmaker Aideen Barry.

The exhibition and film were made under the IGNITE disability arts commissioning scheme, which offered projects in Mayo, Galway and Cork the opportunity to get funding up the €55,000 for high quality, ambitious disability arts projects.

The exhibition features documentary footage from the making of the film, as well as clips from the film, and old silent movies which have inspired the film, and is on show until Saturday 28th February.

The 30-minute film – which was shot entirely in Ballina and carries with it a strong message about disability – will also be shown in the auditorium of the Arts Centre on Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th, Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th February, with four screenings each night (at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm). Admission is free but booking is advised.

Throughout the month, there will also be a schools’ screenings programme and opportunities for community groups to attend specially-arranged screenings and visits to the exhibition.

Sean Walsh, Director of Ballina Arts Centre, said: “We are all really delighted with the finished film. The project was a hugely successful and enjoyable for all involved. We have been working with these two groups for a number of years now, and this represents the apex of the relationship. The IGNITE scheme was all about giving opportunities for groups of disabled artists to make work of a high calibre, and Silent Moves really is that. I am hoping that a lot of people will come and see the film and the exhibition throughout the month.”

The film uses mime, music and movement with greenscreen technology and the latest animation techniques, and was inspired by the classic silent movies of the 1930s – the era of Buster Keaton, Clara Bow and Charlie Chaplin.  and was shot on location around Ballina.

Silent Moves was one of three IGNITE commissions which represent the largest ever investment in Ireland’s arts and disability sector. IGNITE is a new platform designed to generate Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by  international and Irish artists and performers with disabilities, with projects taking place in 2014 and 2015 in Galway, Mayo and Cork. These commissions each represent an investment of up to €60,000. The initiative will conclude with a tour of one of the resulting works to all three counties (and beyond) in 2015. For further information on Ignite see

IGNITE is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils and Mayo County Council.

For more information, or to book a place at one of the screenings, contact Ballina Arts Centre, tel: 096 73593 or e-mail:

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