Dissolving Histories: An Unreliable Presence – Artists Panel Discussion Online!


Our scheduled Dissolving Histories: An Unreliable Presence panel discussion couldn’t take place in the gallery due to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily due to the wonders of technology, we were able to record the talk and bring it to you now, while still practicing all the social distancing protocols!  

We were joined by co-curators Mary Cremin and Peter Richards and artists Liliane Puthod, Stuart Calvin and Michael Hanna to discuss the process of building the Dissolving Histories exhibition. It’s fascinating to hear the artists discuss the changing context of this exhibition, given our current global situation. The discussion provides a wonderful insight into the way this exhibition came about and also the thoughts behind the origins of the Dissolving Histories series (of which this is the third annual instalment).  

Watch the discussion on the Golden Thread Gallery Vimeo channel here! (Video: 31 minutes)  

Hopefully you all caught artist Liliane Puthod’s Golden Thread Gallery Instagram Takeover over the last weekend.

Michael Hanna has kindly shared more of his extraordinary video work to view online here (Short Films about Learning, 2015).  

And although you can’t currently see this exhibition in the physical gallery space, you can explore the beautiful documentation of the show by Simon Mills on our website.  

Free GTG art activity sheets to download!

While the GTG is temporarily closed to the public our family workshops are postponed, but we’re sharing lots of art activities online. Download, print, colour in and please share completed works of art with us!

Here are some activity sheets we created for exhibitions by artists Sharon Kelly Patrick Colhoun and Megan Doherty Click on the artists names to take a look back at their shows.

We’re also sharing a wonderful Time Capsule project that schools have encouraged pupils to create!

Send us pictures of your budding artists finished activity sheets, so we can include them in our online Junior Gallery exhibition! Look how empty it is right now… we need your creativity!

GTG marks World Autism Week with a new Social Story for visitors


This week is World Autism Awareness Week 2020 and to mark this important event the Golden Thread Gallery is launching our new Social Storyon our website. We’ve designed it to help make visiting the gallery, and engaging with visual art, easier and more enjoyable for young visitors on the autism spectrum.

Thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we’ve been able to develop and create this new step-by-step guide to exactly what visitors can expect when they come to the Golden Thread. It’s available to view and download free of charge on our website here and at the bottom of this page too.

Once the current public health situation has improved, and we’re advised that it’s safe to re-open the gallery, we will also be making free printed copies of the guide available, both in the gallery and to organisations who work with and support young people on the autism spectrum in Northern Ireland.

Our unique Social Story™, ‘My Visit to the Golden Thread Gallery’, was developed using the pioneering model first created by Carol Gray in the 1990s, alongside research into current best practice in the international arts and cultural sector.

Creating the guide has helped the GTG team to take a fresh look at the gallery ourselves, and to consider accessibility from a new perspective.

We are always working to make the gallery as welcoming as possible to all visitors. We hope that we will welcome many new visitors and their families once we are open again!

GTG response to the current Covid-19 situation

As a public gallery, we take our responsibility to our audiences and staff health and well-being seriously. Like all organisations in Northern Ireland, we’re monitoring the current situation around Covid-19 (coronavirus) carefully and following updates and advice from the Department of Health.

Right now this means doing everything we can to control the possible spread of the virus, as set out in the guidelines from the Public Health Agency around hygiene: avoid unnecessary contact; wash hands frequently and thoroughly; cleaning surfaces such as door handles with disinfectant cleaner; if you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose, throw it away carefully after use, and wash your hands. Once flu and similar infectious viruses begin to spread, the main method that can prevent further spread is good personal hygiene. Washing your hands regularly will help prevent flu and other viruses spreading.


We are asking all our visitors to do the same – if you are showing any symptoms, or have recently returned from a high-risk region, please don’t attend public events where you might put other people at risk of illness. If you do become unwell and suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 you should stay at home and phone your GP for advice.

In saying this we are also bearing in mind that at present most possible cases in NI have turned out to be negative, and the Public Health Agency has not recommended the need for workplaces to close. Therefore, at present we are staying open and continuing with our normal gallery activity.

You can find the latest health advice and regular updates at the links below:

Department of Health NI

Tourism NI

Government travel advice