Royal Literary Fund Reading Round with Brian McAvera

Royal Literary Fund Reading Round
Golden Thread Gallery

Workshops will begin third week of September

What is The Royal Literary Fund ‘Reading Round’ and why is it different from other Reading Groups?

The Royal Literary Fund ‘Reading Round’ is a network of reading groups across the UK. Each group is run by former Fellows, all published authors of literary merit. The group leaders (the RLF calls them Lectors) may be playwrights, poets, or writers of fiction or non-fiction, and all are able to offer a unique, writerly perspective on the texts under discussion.

There is no preparatory reading or homework. Instead, each week you will listen to at least two different pieces of writing (such as short stories, poems, short plays or non-fiction such as art or theatre reviews and articles). Photocopies of these texts will be given to you for free. The text is then discussed at length and in depth:

– What effects does it have on us as we read?
– How does it achieve those effects?

Guided by the ‘Lector’ you consider the texts in detail, looking at tone, choice of words, viewpoint, the effect of a certain image or turn of phrase, and so on.
Although anyone can come to the group, as the Lector is both a playwright and an art critic/historian/curator, there will be an emphasis on theatrical texts and texts on the visual arts so this Belfast group will be of particular interest to those of you who are working in, or stimulated by, both the visual arts and the theatre. Brian McAvera will be running the sessions as Lector and is a playwright, director, art critic, curator and art historian.

Reading Round sessions are free and will comprise of thirty 90 minute sessions which will run throughout term time during the year. There are 15 spaces available which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. There will then be a reserve waiting list which interested parties will be added to. Reading Round session’s will be on Friday and Saturday mornings from 11.00-12.30 depending on the availability of the group.

Applicants will be sent further information once they confirm their interest in the scheme.

How do I sign up?
– Email info@gtgallery.co.uk marking it ‘Reading Round for the attention of Catherine.’
– Confirm that you are happy to sign up for thirty 90 minute sessions.
-Specify the time and day which suits you best as outlined above.
– Give us a contact address, phone number and email.

Culture Night – Making Rice Crispy Mountains and Face Painting!

Join us this year on the infamous Culture Night and get your hands deliciously dirty crafting your own mountainous masterpiece. Everyone is welcome to join us at the start of the evening as you fuel up to tour the cities events by creating your own rice crispy bun mountain ranges, decorating them and most importantly, eating them! Bring the whole family and get stuck in creating a whole range, decorating marshmallow tree’s and tucking in to your handmade sweet treats. We will also have free face painting and a glitter station from 5-6pm to add even more excitement to your night!

There is car parking right round the corner for added convenience and tea/cofffee and juice will be available for added refreshment.

-All ages welcome!
-Breastfeeding Friendly
-Babychange Facilities
-Tea/Coffee available
-Car Parking nearby
– Free Face painting and Glitter Station from 5-6pm

Artist Facilitator Call Out

The Golden Thread Gallery are hoping to expand their pool of artist facilitators for a number of workshops coming up in the next year. If you would like to apply for this opportunity please send us a copy of your CV and cover letter to info@gtgallery.co.uk by the 15th of September.

Artist Talk – Iain Griffin

Join us for Iain Griffin’s lunchtime Artist Talk on Friday 15th from 1.00 – 1.30pm. The talk promises to offer insight into his solo exhibition ‘The Really Wild Show’ and will allow the audience to learn more about his practice.

Iain Griffin (b. Harrogate 1989) is a visual artist currently based in Belfast, N. Ireland. He graduated with First Class Honours in Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design Dublin in 2011. Iain has exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions including: N.O.W.H.E.R.E, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh (2016); In Flux, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne (2016); and to Use as Capital, One Night Only, Oslo, Norway (2014). Sold Out was recently shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the EVA International Biennial, Limerick.

The talk will begin at 1.00 pm and last for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer session for all who attend. Admission is free and complimentary tea / coffee will be available. No booking necessary, all welcome!

 

 

Making Mountains – Two Part Crafty Workshop!

DATES:
Saturday 9th September: 13.00pm – 14.30pm
Saturday 16th September: 13.00pm – 14.30pm
Participants are welcome to join for just one or for both sessions!

Workshop 1
Mountain Crafting
Saturday 9th September
13.00 – 14.00

Join us for a double whammy workshop where participants can join us in the gallery on a Saturday afternoon to get to work making their own mountains in the spirit of Alistair Wilson’s ‘Long Range’.

The first participants will take a short walk through the Signs & Ciphers show before sitting down to create their own moutain range out of simple craft materials. Mould your peaks and decide how high your mountain should reach while we discuss the show.

Workshop 2
Mountain Decorating
13.00-14.00

The second part of this workshop will allow participants to come back and join us to decorate the lofty peaks of their creations. Grassy slopes and glittery peaks may be your style, or perhaps you’ll create a more avant-garde mountain…The choice is yours!
Suitable for ages 4+

To book in please email the number of participants who would like to attend to info@gtgallery.co.uk. Please detail if you will be joining us for one workshop or both.

-Breastfeeding friendly venue.
-Disabled Access.
-Free tea, coffee and snacks available.

Artist Talk – Alistair Wilson

Fri 4th August
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for Alistair Wilson’s lunchtime Artist Talk on Friday 4th at 1.00pm. The talk promises to offer insight into Wilson’s solo exhibition Sign and Ciphers. 

The talk will start at 1.10 pm and last for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer session.  Admission is free and complimentary tea / coffee will be available.

Revealing links across various periods of production, Signs and Ciphers, an exhibition of works by Belfast-based artist Alistair Wilson, is broken into four parts and realised across two venues.
Encompassing selected works spanning forty years of production, the exhibition does not set out to provide a definitive survey of Wilson’s work to date, rather this extended exhibition draws together key works in an attempt to bring to the fore the prevailing themes and common characteristics present in Wilson’s practice. This rare opportunity to experience such a substantial body of Wilson’s work creates an opportunity to delve into the formal and conceptual concerns.

The first instalment launches at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast on the 3rd August 2017 and focuses on Wilson’s more recent practice. The second instalment, at the Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown, in October/November 2017, features examples of work dating back to the early 1970’s.

I ZADZIWI SIĘ EUROPA

And Europe Will Be Stunned
Yael Bartana
Saturday, 29 April 2017
2pm to 4pm

Social event in Polish & English.  All Welcome

Light refreshments will be provided
Zapraszamy wszystkich na wydarzenie w języku polskim i angielskim.
 
Dołącz do nas na dwujęzyczne oprowadzanie po wystawie Yael Bartana “And Europe Will Be Strunned” prowadzone przez Olgę Dziubak, odbywajacą staż w Golden Thread Gallery w ramach Programu Erasmus+ z Wydziału Malarstwa i Nowych Mediów Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie.
 
Będzie nam miło spędzić to popołudnie razem z wami oglądając wystawę oraz wymieniając się spostrzenieżniami przy poczęstunku.
 
Join us for a bilingual tour of Yael Bartana’s exhibition And Europe Will Be Stunned hosted by Olga Dziubak who is on a 7 month internship with Golden Thread Gallery as part of the Erasmus+ Programme from the department of Painting and New Media on Art Academy in Szczecin, Poland.
 
Come and spend an afternoon looking at the exhibition and meeting new people. Light refreshments will be provided.
Image Credit: Yael Bartana, Mur i wieża (Wall and Tower), 2009, video still, courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Annet Gelink Gallery, Tel Aviv

Building Utopia

Date:                     24 March 2017

Time:                    12.30 to 2pm

RSVP:                    To book a place please RSVP by Wednesday the 22nd March by email to info@gtgallery.co.uk or call 028 90330920

Location:             Golden Thread Gallery, 84 – 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT12LU.

Yael Bartana’s deeply stirring and contentious film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned explores propaganda, longing and migration through an uneasy fusion of fiction and reality.  The exhibition runs in Golden Thread Gallery from 23 March to 13 May 2017.  Throughout the course of the exhibition we have developed a programme of events and activities to help us engage with some of the themes raised by the artwork.

Katy Radford will use Mur i wieza (Wall & Tower) the second film in Yael Bartana’s trilogy as a starting point for a 15 minute presentation.  The presentation will be followed by a making, building and talking activity that will play with the concept of building “a new utopia” using simple ingredients and props.

During her presentation, Katy will introduce two questions that are relevant to contemporary Belfast and which are posed to provoke dialogue and debate about people, place and the past.

  1. The first question is how our individual worlds are impacted on the one hand by diversity and globalisation and on the other by the push and pull of competing nationalisms and ethno-political identities.
  2. The second is related to the role of artists in historical revisionism and how that is mediated by media scrutiny and state interventions of or lack of.

The discussion will be integrated into the making & building activity.

Dr Katy Radford is a social anthropologist with the charity, the Institute for Conflict Research.  She is Vice-Chair of the Arts Council Northern Ireland and the only woman appointed to the Commission for Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition and formerly worked in the motion picture industry and for the British Film Institute.  She was awarded an MBE for community relations in 2011.

 

Monkey Jumped Launch

Monkey Jumped Launched by Gregory McCartney from Abridged Magazine

 

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Monkey Jumped
The Great Art Quest
14 – 18 March 2017

Golden Thread Gallery are delighted to bring you the Great Art Quest – a unique exhibition funded through Children & the Arts that aims to develop stronger links between schools and their local art gallery.

The Great Art Quest exhibition has been out on tour visiting our local libraries, brightening the wall with words and images as part of an ongoing partnership between Golden Thread Gallery and Libraries NI.

Children from four local primary schools participated in the Great Art Quest and took inspiration from Seán Hillen’s exhibition 100 Works. The schoolchildren explored the world of collage with artists Johanna Leech and Sinéad Breathnach Cashell while Chelley McLear and Chloé Morrison set the words and stories free with collection of Dadaist poems inspired by the collages. Students from Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáian, Glengormley Integrated Primary School, Hazelwood Integrated Primary School and Holy Family Primary School will have their exhibition opened by Gregory McCartney from visual art and poetry magazine Abridged.

Each collage was created in a group and there were 5 groups from the 4 participating schools.  The collages were then exchanged between the schools and narrative stories were developed by the children in response to the collages. The stories were then distilled into poems.

These are word collages – which sometimes tell a story and sometimes create random images – just like a collage giving us snippets of possibilities.  These pieces generate alternative ideas – words that we are pieced together by taking apart more logical sequences.  Any of the words can be picked from the word collages to trigger a new thought or idea – or they can be taken in the context of their place in the text.  There is no right or wrong way to read these.”

Chelley McLear

If you would like to see more of our exhibitions why not pay us a visit. Check out our website for our full programme of events www.goldenthreadgallery.

Lovely blank world.
Really quiet.
Donald Duck farted
Scary mental hospital
Very sunny
Fluffy ducks bomb testing
Power duck died
Little girl
The fat pigeon farted on the people.
Mwahahahahaaa!
Grave for the poor man.
Cheerful, scary zombie

By
Dylan, Billy, Holly, Rhys, Tamzin, Jude

#GreatArtQuest,  @childrenandarts, @LibrariesNI, #artsNI, @ArtsCouncilNI, @belfastcitycouncil , @Abridged030, @LibrariesNorthernIreland

 

 

We are… We belong…
Free Collaborative Collage Workshop
Saturday 11 March 2017
1pm-3.30pm

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The Golden Thread Gallery in partnership with the Rainbow Project’s GEG group invite people from any ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, faith, age, political opinion to join us in a fun and engaging exploration of themes of identity and belonging. (This workshop is the first in a series of 4 workshops as part of the Multiple Journeys of Belonging intercultural arts project which will lead to a TheatreofplucK production for the Eastside Arts Festival 2017)

To register please email dean@rainbow-project.org<dean@rainbow-project.org> or call 028 9031 9030 leaving your full name, contact details and any access or communication needs.

#artsNI, @ArtsCouncilNI, @belfastcitycouncil