Connecting the Dots

On 16 May 2019 in Ballinasloe Library, GMR presented to the public the results of its Connecting the Dots project. This project was part of Galway2020 Small Towns Big Ideas iniative conceived by Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association (BARA), the Galway Music Residency with its resident ensemble ConTempo Quartet, artist Finbar McHugh, Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Scoil an Chroí Naofa and Ballinasloe Library.

Through a number of facilitated workshops, with ConTempo and Finbar McHugh, the participants from BARA and two local national schools worked together in a simple way creating visual representations of their collective experience of sound and music through the quartet’s demonstrations and performances.

This creative work aimed to break down barriers between the generations and nationalities, in order to build connections and to explore how people relate to each other.

Connecting the Dots used music and art to bring together not only Primary School children and older generations, but also immigrant community members of various ages who were invited to take part in the workshops and tell their story of movement from one home to the other.

An exhibition of the art works created by this intergenerational, multi-cultural grouping launched on Thursday 16th May in the Church Gallery, Ballinasloe Library with a short film documentary of the artistic process created by Heavy Man Films, post-show discussion, along with a performance from our own ConTempo Quartet.

Following the launch, the art work was moved to the main body of the library where it will be exhibited for 30 days. This exhibition features as part of Age Action’s 2019 Bealtaine Festival.

We are extremely grateful to all those who were involved in this project, which at its heart was the importance of transcending age and circumstance to connect to, learn from, and create with those in our communities.

This project was proudly supported by Galway2020.

LtoR Ruairí Ó hAnnluain, Margaret Brennan, Noelle Rohan, Gabriel Rohan. Photo by Cormac MacMahon.

Photo by Cormac MacMahon

Photo by W J Barry Photography

Photo by W J Barry Photography

Photo by W J Barry Photography

LtoR Ruairí Ó hAnnluain, Margaret Brennan, Noelle Rohan, Gabriel Rohan.

Photo by Cormac MacMahon





Photo by Cormac MacMahon









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Photo by W J Barry Photography








Photo by W J Barry Photography









Photo by W J Barry Photography

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