Gallery Assistant Job

Gallery Assistant – closing date 28th February 2020

The Golden Thread Gallery is seeking an enthusiastic and reliable Gallery Assistant to provide assistance and support across the Gallery’s programme and range of activities. Responsible to the Senior Management, this role will include liaising with artists, institutions and funders, general administration including daily financial procedures, exhibition assistance including condition reporting and visitor experience. This role offers a fantastic opportunity for an early-career Arts professional in one of Northern Ireland’s leading contemporary visual art galleries.

Working Hours: Part-time, 24hpw (more hours may be available at peak times).

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday. Hours determined by a monthly rota and will include evenings and weekends. Applicants must be flexible to the needs of the organisation.

Salary: £8.75ph (full time equivalent £18,200)

Leave: 28 days annual holiday pro rata (including Bank Holidays)

Contract: This is a 12-month contract position, with possible extension up to a maximum of 23 months. A probationary period will apply. Please note that this appointment is subject to continuing funding/grant aid. Employment is subject to funding and the contract may terminate earlier if funding is withdrawn.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 28th February 2020. Applications must be emailed to info@gtgallery.co.uk

Application Packs and Monitoring Form can be downloaded below, or emailed on request.

Disclaimer: This document does not constitute an offer of employment nor forms any part of any contract.

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!

Corporate Fundraiser P/T Golden Thread Gallery

The Golden Thread Gallery is seeking an experienced Corporate Fundraiser to add to the strategic development of the gallery. This post is not responsible for core funding, but rather has responsibility to generate income for plans linked to future development and increase reserves to support this. A key element of the job is to develop sponsorship and corporate donation opportunities as well as diversifying funding streams through trusts and foundations.

The application pack is available for download in both word and pdf format below. This post has been funded by the FOYLE FOUNDATION main grants scheme.

application pack (word)

application pack (pdf.)

Please return completed application forms to info@gtgallery.co.uk


PLEASE DO NOT SEND A CV.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

The closing date for return of applications for the above post is:

4pm Friday 10th May 2019

Applications received after the closing time and date will not be considered.

Development and Fundraising Officer Position Available!

 

Development and Fundraising Officer

If you are interested in applying to the position please download both documents below which include the job description, person specification, and core terms and conditions. An equal opportunities monitoring form is included below and it would be helpful if this could be completed and returned with your application.

To apply please send a full CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer and email to info@gtgallery.co.uk. Please also enclose a statement, which sets out your interest in and suitability for the post, taking note to address separately each of the requirements of the essential and desirable skills and experience. Your statement should not exceed two sides of A4 paper.

Applications must be received by 4pm on Tuesday 4th December 2018. Interviews are anticipated to be held in the week commencing Monday 10th December. If you have any queries about the role please email Sarah McAvera at the address above.

Development and Fundraising Officer

GTG Monitoring-Form-2018

Stallholders Wanted!

WE WANT YOU!

If you’re an artist, maker or crafter and would like to sell at our upcoming Christmas Market then get in touch! The market will run from 5pm – 8pm on the 6th of December during Late Night Art. We have had great success with our two previous markets and can’t wait to host another one for the festive season!

Tables for the market are £20 per person and need to be booked in advance to secure your space. Send us a short description of what you would like to sell alongside a few images and links to any websites or social media you have for your wares to info@gtgallery.co.uk marked ‘Christmas Market Application.’

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Painting Peer Critique Session

Brian Kielt will be running a Painting Peer Critique Session in the Golden Thread Gallery on Saturday 29th of September which is free and open to all. Bring along a piece of work or send image to infocnip@gmail.com to have it projected up for the group. You can also just come along to meet other artists who use painting in their practice and take part in lively discussion about each other’s work. The sessions will run from 1.30 – 3.30pm over the afternoon.

Exhibitions Assistant (maternity cover) position available

The Golden Thread Gallery is seeking a temporary Exhibitions Assistant (maternity cover) to assist in the delivery of the gallery’s programme. This will include liaising with artists, institutions and funders, general administration and visitor experience.

Working Hours: Part-time, 16 hpw (more hours may be available at peak times)
Gallery hours Tuesday – Saturday. Hours determined by a monthly rota and will include evenings and weekends. Applicants must be flexible to the needs of the organization.

Salary: £16,781 – £17,772 (pro rata), NJC Scale 3

Leave: 28 days annual leave pro rata (including Bank Holidays.)

Contract: This is a maternity cover contract position until the 31st March 2019. A probationary period will apply.

Please note that this appointment is subject to continuing funding/grant aid.

Closing date for applications is 3pm on Monday 23rd July. Applications must be emailed to info@gtgallery.co.uk

GTG Monitoring-Form-2018 (4)

Maternity cover Exhibitions Assistant application pack

 

Thank you Chloe Jamieson!

We would like to wish our current volunteer Gallery Assistant Chloë Jamieson a fond farewell as she leaves us to embark in her new job role as Explainer at Hillsborough Castle! Chloe will be completing an MA in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies later on in the summer.

She will be greatly missed by all at the gallery, we wish her all the best for the future and look forward to seeing her on the other side of the reception desk at our Late Night Art openings in future!