Exhibition Launch: The Salt House by Sharon Kelly

Thursday 9th January 2020 5pm – 8pm

Start off your year in art with us at the launch of our latest exhibition in the Project Space on Thursday 9th January from 5pm to 8pm, part of the first Late Night Art Belfast of 2020.

The Salt House is an exhibition of new work by Sharon Kelly which grew from her discovery of a box of small black & white photographs taken by her parents in the early 1960’s.

The title image offers multiple versions of an out-of-bounds building housing piles of salt, situated at a railway track across the field from where the artist grew up in the West Country, England. Memories of the salt house became the catalyst for pondering the past. Kelly has drawn on memories and recollections to explore ideas around the nature of personal memory, space and childhood.

Filmmaker Éanna Mac Cana created this short documentary about the artist and the creation of The Salt House.

Kelly’s practice focuses and gravitates around drawing, incorporating moving image, stop-motion animation, painting and print. She often explores themes relating to the human condition; experience, memory, presence, absence and loss in her work. The idea of how we remember as we age and the intimate associations of daily toil, processes and structures is explored through everyday objects such as the clothes horse / airer and the fabric surface of a tea towel.  

Golden Thread Gallery’s Project Space

Our Project Space is a unique exhibition space in Northern Ireland, created to be responsive to current needs of artists and to support emerging artists and experimental work. Over the past few years the space has evolved to become a significant stepping stone for artists and curators as they transition to the next level of their careers. In 2020 we’ll continue to present challenging and exciting work by a diverse range of artists in the space, and we are delighted that this compelling exhibition by Sharon Kelly begins our programme.

GTG AWARDED ARTS COUNCIL NI ARTS & OLDER PEOPLE FUNDING

We are delighted to announce that the Golden Thread Gallery will be leading a new Arts Council of Northern Ireland Arts & Older People Project in partnership with Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, Roe Valley Arts Centre in Limavady and The Over the Hill Collective in Belfast.

The True Confessions project will explore the links between music, memory, art and lyrics, taking the simple starting point that every participant will have a lifetime of stories to tell. Our artist facilitators will work with them using visual arts, music and poetry to unlock and share memories, reminiscences and stories.

Some participants may prefer to make a visual representation of their story using clay, collage, paint or drawing; others may choose to write a poem; while other may perform a self-written song. Each participant will be supported and encouraged to develop their own “voice”. The project will promote friendship and understanding through the shared experiences that are sure to be uncovered throughout.

Peter Richards, Gallery Director at the Golden Thread Gallery, says, ‘The processes of collaboration and uncovering yet-to-be discovered talents challenges and inspires us to see the world around us from fresh perspectives. We eagerly await the unexpected in the project’s final exhibition, formed through the juxtaposition of works yet to be created being shown alongside works well established.’

Desima Connolly, Cultural Facilities Development Manager for Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, commented, ‘We are delighted to be working on this project with the Golden Thread Gallery and to develop this partnership providing such a valuable creative project to the local  Causeway Coast and Glens region, particularly one that innovatively engages with senior citizens across the borough.’

Paul Kane, founder of The Over the Hill Music Collective said, ‘The links between music and memory are profound and working with older people in the community, especially those with dementia, really is beneficial to their wellbeing and quality of life. Coupled with the artistic element to the project, and it really is a win/win combination.

The project will be working with a number of groups from the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area including the West Bann Development, Coleraine and the Limavady Community Development Initiative.

Musician Paul Kane, ceramicist Fiona Shannon and artist Corrina Askin will lead the workshops which will be held at Flowerfield Art Centre and out in the community.

The project will culminate in a showcase concert featuring some of the participants own poems, stories and music as well as an exhibition curated by Peter Richards, Director of the Golden Thread Gallery, in which the older people’s work will be displayed alongside artworks from the ACNI Collection.

The exhibition will be held at Flowerfield Arts Centre in May 2020.

The project starts in January 2020. For more information please contact the Golden Thread Gallery on info@gtgallery.co.uk

Reading Round returns!

Every Friday starting September 13th 2019

12pm to 2pm

Our Reading Round weekly sessions return this September, led by author and critic Brian McAvera, former Fellow and lector of the Royal Literary Fund.

Sessions will run every Friday starting September 13th (with breaks on national holidays) at the Golden Thread Gallery.

As always, it’s free of charge and complimentary refreshments are provided.

There is no preparation or homework required – it’s simply for the pure enjoyment of reading.

Handouts of the stories, extracts and articles will be provided each week, which the group reads together and then discusses in depth. Guided by McAvera, the group will explore the layers of each text, from the literary techniques used by the writers to genre and style.

The Royal Literary Fund Reading Rounds are a network of reading groups across the UK. Each group is run by former RLF Fellows, all published authors of literary merit who offer a unique, writerly perspective on the texts under discussion. Read more about the Royal Literary Fund here.

How do I sign up?

  • Email info@gtgallery.co.uk marking it ‘Reading Round for the attention of Lisa.’
  • Confirm that you are happy to sign up for thirty 90-minute sessions.
  • Give us a contact address, phone number and email.

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

Places are limited, so sign up today! Happy reading!