Upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre – May 2019

Theatre coming to Ballina Arts Centre

Intertidal at Ballina Arts Centre

Here are the upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre for the week ahead. Book your tickets here!

Exhibition: Power of Faith

Runs until 29th June. Free admission, all welcome.

Power of Faith by Ivette Ebaen

Power of Faith is a series of 21 layered photographs by artist Ivette Ebaen.

Ivette describing her practise: “I write my stories with images not with words. Each composition composed of several layers of photographs merged to fit like a jigsaw puzzle whose story develops before your eyes. As a visual storyteller I know what the image means to me and why it manifested.

“How you interpret what you see depends on what you bring to it and how you feel in the moment. I was listening to composer Johann Johannsson’s musical ensemble, Orphée, when images of humanity’s capacity to persevere – no matter the consequence – came to mind. These imaginings moved me to create this series of digital photo-montages entitled, Power of Faith”.

Exhibition: Intertidal

Runs until 29th June. Free admission, all welcome.


 Intertidal is a mixed-media exhibition by Gavin McCrea.

Originally from Tyrone but now living and working in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, Gavin’s practice draws from skills and experience developed over fifteen years spent as a surfer while also working in surfboard manufacturing, the work takes inspiration from the sea and utilises various processes and materials to immerse the viewer within both the painting process and the aquatic realm of the Atlantic.

The work varies from large to intimate, with energetic gestural marks, paint drips, repeat patterns, screen-print and hard-edge graphic elements, incorporating various transparent substrates such as acetate, films, tape and polythene as an alternative to the more traditional materials. These materials all reference the construction of surfboards and the translucency of the sea itself.

The transparency of the surfaces combined with stretchers made visible, exposed and occasionally concealed, produces art that situates itself somewhere between painting and sculpture.

McCrea has created ‘paint-things’, concentrated objects that that populate the gallery adding scale,
presence and proportion, giving the work a dynamic and immersive quality.“I am attempting to offer varying viewing options to the audience; offering the viewer a way to engage with the work from multiple vantage points and angles”

Exhibition: The Giant Tent

Ballina Civic Offices, Monday–Friday: 10am–1pm, 2–4pm.

Admission: FREE. All welcome. Runs until 24th May.

The Giant Tent

An exhibition of artwork created by pupils from Scoil Íosa and Scoil Naomh Padraig Primary Schools, Ballina and the Involve Youth Project, Ballina.

The artwork has been created while working on the collaborative inter-agency book project This Giant Tent which is a celebration of culture and identity in response to the Travellers’ Journey exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland Turlough House.

It is a show created predominantly by Traveller children, as well as some of their young peers, engaging in self-directed educational activity. This project is part of a much larger national initiative to recognise and validate Traveller culture.

Theatre :  Pumpgirl

Written by Abby Spallen

Directed by Andrew Fylnn


There’s one in every town, and they call her the Pumpgirl. She works in the garage, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads. She’s sweet on ‘No-Helmet’ Hammy, but he loves no one but himself. He’s out all night with his racing boys, whilst wife Sinead’s off on a joyride of her own, with an ache that’s about to be cured. It’s a turbo-charged race through the diesel fumes and country music of the Armagh badlands. Newry playwright Abbie Spallen’s explosively comic play takes us deep into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three lives destined to collide. 

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

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Music: Mayo Chamber Choir

May 16th,  8pm

Mayo Chamber Choir

 As part of the Mayo International Choral Festival

The Mayo Chamber Choir will be joined by guests the Coe Concert Choir (from Iowa, USA), the Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble and Mount St. Michael Secondary School Senior Choir (Claremorris, Co. Mayo) for this not-to-be-missed concert.

Under the baton of Director, Niamh O’Kelly, International Composer and former Head of Music at Castlebar College of Further Education, the Mayo Chamber Choir will once again delight their audience with an array of choral gems.

Tickets: €15. Early booking advised.

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Music: Kristy Cox

Friday, 17th May, 8pm

Kristy Cox

Australia’s biggest bluegrass & country music export, is on quite the roll, and she’s rolling right into Ballina.

“… one of the best in the business” according to Bluegrass Today, the now Nashville-based multi award-winning country & bluegrass chart topper & her band will be performing the seventh show of her 9-gig inaugural tour of Ireland in Ballina Arts Centre. Accompanied by her husband Travis, Australia’s premier honky-tonk singer, this is youthful energy-infused bluegrass with maybe a bit of country thrown in for good measure.

Tickets: €22

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Comedy: Ballina Comedy Club Presents Bob Hennigan

31st May, 8pm

Bob Hennigan

Described as “Mayo’s most charming ball of misery”, Ballina-native Bob Hennigan is a veteran of the Irish comedy scene and Resident MC of the highly-acclaimed Galway venue “Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club.”

A past winner of the Tedfest Toilet Duck Award and 2015 Galway Fringe Festival Best Comedian, Bob has shared a stage with everybody who’s anybody in the Irish and British comedy scene, including Tommy Tiernan, Kevin Bridges, Reginald D. Hunter, Jimmy Carr and John Bishop. Described by the Irish Times as “the most criminally underrated comedian in the country”, this will be the first time Bob has performed his solo show in his hometown.

Tickets: €14 / €12. Early booking advised.

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Theatre: Joxer Daly Esq

Thursday June 20, 8pm

Joxer Daly Esq

Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, Juno and the Paycock, takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton (Inishfallen Fare the Well). With events that were to alter the course of Irish history as a backdrop, Joxer Daly Esq. charts an everyman journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral.

From the 1913 Lock Out, to the Rising – and the events of O’Casey’s classic The Plough and the Stars – to the birth of a new divided Nationalism, in Juno and the Paycock, we see it all through the eyes of a survivor like no other. Joxer Daly is an ordinary person trying to navigate the difficult waters of what was Dublin in the period leading up to the birth of a Republic.

Brilliantly performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer’s love of language, humour, literature and song, together with a drinker’s purple recollection, makes this a performance like no other. Entertaining and funny, Joxer Daly Esq. is a thought-provoking gander at one of Irish Literatures most loveable chancers! Directed by Karl Sheils.

For more information on upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre. visit www.ballinaartscentre.com, or call the box office on +353 (0) 96 73593.

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