Glisten, the Golden Thread Gallery’s 2009 Christmas Show, showcases an eclectic mix of works from Northern Ireland’s contemporary art scene. Featuring a range of artistic media, from photography and textiles to performance art, the exhibition presents recent artworks by: Sinead Breathnach-Cashell; Victoria J. Dean; Sara Greavu; Mary McCaffrey; Sam McKee; Helen O’Hare; Feargal O’Malley; Brendan O’Neill.
Glisten promises to be a welcome relief from the bustle of this festive season, so be sure not to miss this multi-faceted exhibition of works by some of Northern Ireland’s most promising artists
About the artists:
Sinead Breathnach Cashell works mainly in site-based installation and interventions. Her practice is often collaborative and she has worked extensively with the Draw In group and the SHAC Residency Group.
A member of Young Photographers United, Victoria J. Dean has seen her work exhibited throughout the UK and Ireland in a number of group and solo exhibitions. The two desolate coastal landscapes exhibited in Glisten are at once bleak and serene, both beautiful and melancholy. In 2007, Dean was selected for PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch, and is currently based in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
American-born Sara Greavu has been based in Northern Ireland for over a decade. Currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Ulster, Greavu also acts as Chairperson on the Board of Members at Void, an artist-led contemporary art space in Derry. Her current practice is focused on exploring race and gender.
Mary McCaffrey is currently completing her MFA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. Her playful placement of stacked, primary-coloured squares in unusual environments creates a striking juxtaposition between the natural world and McCaffrey’s vibrant, child-inspired creations.
Sam McKee graduated in 1997 and has been based in Northern Ireland since 1998. She has exhibited throughout Ireland and internationally, and is currently showing in a two-person exhibition at the Crumlin Road Gaol.
Helen O’Hare creates her work using handmade felt and hand stitch. In the artist’s own words, ‘Layers of felt are placed in certain areas of the piece to encourage the viewer to look more closely for hidden secrets, in the same way that archaeologists search the earth for the secrets of the past’. O’Hare currently lectures at the University of Ulster.
Feargal O’Malley works in both fine art and video, whilst also acting as Exhibition Officer at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast. O’Malley’s hauntingly-beautiful photographic work displays highly atmospheric, ghostly landscapes, both rural and urban, often combining interior and exterior.
Brendan O’Neill is a photographic artist based in Belfast. He is a former director of Catalyst Arts and is currently the administrator and gallery programmer for Queen Street Studios.