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.

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

 

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

 

 

I, Daniel Blake

GOLDEN THREAD GALLERY: WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY, 7.00PM ,

In Ken Loach’s multi-award winning film, I, Daniel Blake, a middle-aged carpenter who requires state welfare is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Their experience captures what the Rights to Work: Right to Welfare (RTW) group have heard from so many during their outreach at dole offices across Belfast over their four years of campaigning for real jobs and protection from benefits sanctions.

The Participation and the Practice of Rights organisation supports the RTW group – a campaigning group of unemployed people.

PPR and the RTW group invite you to come along to one of the screenings and hear more about the group’s campaign for change.

Tickets: FREE

Appointment of Mary Stevens to Creative Internship Programme

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It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Golden Thread Gallery announce the appointment of Mary Stevens to a year long fund raising internship post. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mary to the team and look forward to working with her over the next year. This post is funded by the Arts & Business Creative Internship Programme. #arts_businessni Arts & Business NI Arts Council of Northern Ireland 


Press release from Arts & Business NI

Mary Stevens & The Golden Thread Gallery; Sarah McIntosh & Cahoots NI; Michael Ritchie & Black Box and Sophie O’Donnell & Young at Art with Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager and Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI

This month Arts & Business NI Creative Internship Programme placed four recent graduates on paid internships as trainee fundraisers in local arts organisations. Arts & Business NI recognised a crucial need to equip graduates from arts related courses with relevant work experience; transferrable skills and paid employment. The Creative Internship Programme simultaneously provides the arts organisations with a resource they might not otherwise been able to afford.

During the 10 month internship the graduates will work on fundraising projects and receive structured support from the participating arts organisations. They will also be mentored by a business adviser chosen to meet their professional needs.

Follow Creative Interns on their journey #Creativeinterns

“Fundraising and income generation is particularly critical for our sector and the Creative Internships Programme will address the lack of skilled cultural fundraisers in Northern Ireland. We wish all the interns every success with their training and work experience.” Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI

Nick Livingston, Director of Strategic Development, at the Arts Council, commented, “The Arts Council is delighted to support the Creative Internships Programme. We are committed to helping shape the arts sector, which significantly contributes to the economy, through the development of a future skilled workforce. It is vital that we create opportunities for our young people to access valuable, meaningful work experience within the creative sector in order to sustain the skills we need now and in the future. I wish the new recruits every success.”

The matches are: Mary Stevens & The Golden Thread Gallery; Sarah McIntosh & Cahoots NI; Michael Ritchie & Black Box and Sophie O’Donnell & Young at Art

Mary Stevens

Mary recently graduated with a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism from Edinburgh University, while in Edinburgh she completed an Internship at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, gaining valuable experience in gallery administration and curatorial projects. Mary also has an undergraduate degree from University of Ulster in Fine and Applied Arts and will be joining The Golden Thread Gallery team as a trainee fundraiser through the Creative Internship Programme.

The Creative Internships Programme is funded by the Arts Councils of Northern Ireland, Garfield Weston Foundation and Ulster Garden Villages Limited

 

http://www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk/creative-internships-201617/