The Ireland at Venice 2022 Curatorial Team, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, will present Niamh O’Malley’s Gather at the Irish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to be a partner gallery of this project, and will host Gather in Belfast in 2023 as part of the Ireland at Venice 2022 National Tour.

Gather begins in Niamh O’Malley’s workspace in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, where stone, steel, wood, and glass are shaped, composed, and assembled. To do so, to make solid and visible is a particular compulsion of O’Malley’s, a silent but physical response to a precarious time. She is interested in negotiating between the surfaces of the world, how objects and spaces can speak, and how an exhibition can somehow anchor, contain and describe distance. There is comfort in touch, in knowing the edges of things and, during a period of time when we are so much in our heads, O’Malley reminds us that we are also, acutely and collectively, in the world.

The Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world for over 120 years. The 59th International Art Exhibition will take place from 23rd April to 27th November 2022, curated by Cecilia Alemani.

You can read and watch more about Gather, including live talks by the artist and TGB+S team for International Sculpture Day, 24 April 2021, here.

Support Ireland at Venice 2022

To expand the community of Supporters and contribute to fundraising for Ireland at Venice 2022, Niamh O’Malley has created a special limited edition print artwork entitled Flag. It is a striking and detailed work that replicates some of the colour, layering and transparency from Niamh’s sculptural practice, as well as incorporating Niamh’s indicative materials (such as wood) into the production of the print.

Niamh O’Malley
Woodblock and screen print on paper
70 x 50 cm
Edition of 50

Limited edition prints are available to order from The artwork has been supported and editioned by Black Church Print Studio in Temple Bar, Dublin.

Gather National Tour

Ireland at Venice 2022 will continue as a National Tour curated as a multi-venue exhibition and public engagement programme during 2023. Niamh O’Malley’s Gather will be presented at The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. The National Tour will be accompanied by an online and in-person public engagement programme presented by Mayo Arts Service and Mayo County Council.

About Niamh O’Malley

Niamh O’Malley was born in Co. Mayo, and lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has made numerous major exhibitions in recent years including The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; RHA, Dublin; Lismore Castle Arts; Grazer Kunstverein. O’Malley will hold a solo exhibition at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton in November 2021.

TBG+S Curatorial Team

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, supports the development of artists and creation of art. The TBG+S Curatorial Team comprises Clíodhna Shaffrey, Director, and Michael Hill, Programme Curator.

Golden Thread Gallery

Golden Thread Gallery is a Belfast’s leading contemporary visual art gallery, with a mission to engage, inspire and educate diverse audiences about visual art. Our Curatorial Team comprises Peter Richards, GTG Director, Sarah McAvera, GTG Deputy Director, and Mary Stevens, Exhibitions Officer. The GTG is a recognised charity, and our core funders are Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.