A collaboration by Johanna Leech and Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, featuring works by the Sheelagh Foundation. Wondering what to do with your tree after Christmas? Instead of taking a trip to the dump, why not drop it off at the Golden Thread Gallery? Following on from the Re-gift Amnesty, we now want your unwanted Christmas trees in all their faded glory. . We will be donating the unclaimed gifts from December’s Re-Gift Amnesty to Women’s Aid. If you have any new unwanted gifts after this Christmas and would like to contribute, drop them into our customer service desk during the exhibition. Unwanted Christmas trees can be dropped off to the gallery from January 6th onwards.
Ongoing – On Wednesdays & Thursday’s throughout the exhibition you can visit Johanna Leech as she collects and creates gift-related stories and drawings.
13th January, 4pm-5.30pm – Leech will host a ‘St. Knut’s Day’ This is the 20th day after Christmas Eve, which is celebrated by the Swedes, Finns, and Norwegians. On this day, the tree is plundered of its candy and cookies, a song is sung – then the tree is thrown out! Come and hear stories of the sinister goat Nuuttipukki who wanders from house to house… and indulge in some tree pillaging!
20th – 29th January – Deforestation begins & the Sheelagh Foundation report is published. Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell will be getting her axe out for some Christmas tree carnage. Call in and see what she’s up to! The aftermath will be ready for collection during the final week of the show.
29th January, 12pm – 1pm – FREE Paper Pot Workshop: Join Johanna Leech and Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell for a fun workshop and learn how to up-cycle your old newspapers, with Educational Officer Mary Brady from Belfast City Council’s Waste Management. All welcome and no experience needed.
29th January, 1pm-5.30pm – Closing ceremony, All Welcome
This project has been made possible through the Golden Thread Gallery Career Enhancement Programme supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.