GTG Artists Present: Sinéad O’Donnell


We are very excited to bring you this unique film by acclaimed performance artist Sinéad O’Donnell, in which she looks back at three iconic performance pieces from across her career, exploring themes of isolation: ‘Prerequisite‘ (1999), ‘Headspace: White Cube‘ (2014) which was first performed in Northern Ireland in the GTG in 2015, and ‘Red Clay Twins‘ (2018).



About the Artist

Sinéad O’Donnell has worked in performance, installation, site and time-based art for the past 20 years. Originally from Dublin and based in Belfast, Sinéad studied sculpture at the University of Ulster, textiles in Dublin and visual performance and time-based practices at Dartington College of Arts, graduating with distinction in 2003. Her work has been presented at Art of the Lived Experiment, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2014), Asiatopia, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Thailand (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, (2013), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, (2012), Southbank Centre, London (2012).

Sinéad was the first performance artist to be awarded a Major Individual Artist award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2017/18.  

Her work explores identity, borders and barriers through encounters with territory and the territorial. She sets up actions or situations that demonstrate complexities, contradictions or commonality between medium and discipline, timing and spontaneity, intuition and methodology, artist and audience. She uses photography, video, text and collage to record her performances which often reveals an ongoing interest in the co-existence of other women and systems of kinship and identity.

Sinead’s work with the GTG includes the remarkable CAUTION in 2012, the culmination of a two year project commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad to coincide with the London 2012 Paralympics; and ‘Headspace: White Cube’ performed for the first time in Northern Ireland at the GTG as part of the launch of Vanishing Futures: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art XII.

GTG Artists Present is funded by Community Foundation NI.


GTG Workshops: Make Your Own Nightlight with Sophie Daly


In this week’s online workshop, Sophie Daly has a fantastic project for young people aged 12 and up! Sophie was inspired by the the striking neon artwork Sign*Age (2019) by artist Liliane Puthod, which is part of our current exhibition Dissolving Histories: An Unreliable Presence.



For a subtitled version of this tutorial, watch on our GTG YouTube channel.

The Dissolving Histories exhibition has been temporarily curtailed by lockdown, but while the gallery remains closed you can view the entire exhibition here, with stunning photos by Simon Mills.

GTG Workshops are funded by the Community Foundation NI.


GTG Workshops: Stop-motion Animation with Sophie Daly


Today’s workshop is for all the budding Bigelows, Andersons, Gerwigs and Harryhausens out there! GTG’s Sophie Daly has created a wonderful video tutorial taking you step-by-step through making your own stop-motion animated movie, using a smartphone.

Sophie was inspired by Bassam Al-Sabah’s work in Dissolving Histories: An Unreliable Presence which was our most recent exhibition.

Sophie’s top tip is “10 seconds is not much time for a movie, so keep it simple, and remember to have fun! Please submit your fabulous work to us by email so we can show it off to everyone info@gtgallery.co.uk. Enjoy!”.



GTG Online Workshops are funded by the Community Foundation NI

GTG Workshops: Pointillism with Katharine Paisley


This week we are delighted to present our second online workshop presented by our own Katharine Paisley. Today she is exploring the technique of Pointillism, made famous by artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

Download and print the worksheet and templates, then watch the tutorial video to learn how to make your own pointillist art!


Learn more about Pointillism

How the Pioneers of Pointillism continue to influence artists today

Paul Signac

Georges Seurat


Funded by the Community Foundation NI


GTG Workshops: Matisse Video Tutorial with Katharine Paisley


This week we are delighted to present an online workshop presented by our own Katharine Paisley about one of her favourite artists, master of colour Henri Matisse.

Download and print the worksheet and templates, then watch the tutorial video to learn how to make your own colourful, bold Matisse style art!

Who was Henri Matisse?

Matisse was a French artist and one of the undisputed masters of 20th century art. Known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in art in the early part of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art. [From henrimatisse.org]

The image above is a detail from Matisse’s The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952). Photograph: © Stedelijk /© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

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 Junior Gallery wins ‘Best New Gallery’ Audience Delight Award!


We’re delighted that our Golden Thread Junior Galley has been awarded Best New Gallery in the inaugural thrive Audience Delight Awards, announced today!

The Junior Gallery was designed and created by GTG’s Lisa Malone, who has lead our free family art workshops.

“After every workshop we had wonderful freshly painted artworks drying on the gallery floor. Artists and visitors to the gallery started to admire them, and we knew we wanted to celebrate all the imagination and great work of our junior artists. So we decided they deserved their own space!”

Our family workshops are often themed around the exhibitions in the main gallery space and the Project Space, inspired by the ideas or techniques of artists whose work is on display. We supply the art materials free of charge to our junior artists of all ages, and parents get involved too!

GTG installed the Junior Gallery right at the front of the gallery, in our dedicated family area, so that it’s one of the first things that visitors see when they walk in the door. Our goals as an organisation include making sure that everyone who visits feels welcome and comfortable in a gallery space. We try to break down barriers to engaging with visual art wherever we can. We want our young visitors to feel confident and proud in exploring their own creativity, and to understand that art is for everyone. We think displaying their brilliant work alongside our other exhibitions is an important part of that!

Everyone at the Golden Thread Gallery would like to thank thrive for this wonderful award, and a special congratulations and thanks to Lisa Malone!

GTG Temporary Closure


The Board of the Golden Thread Gallery takes the safety of its staff and visitors seriously. Following the most recent government statement, we have taken the decision to close to the public from today, 18th March.

We will monitor the situation and review regularly.

All of our upcoming events are postponed, including the Reading Round and family workshops. However, we’re looking at the possibilities for hosting online activities as an alternative. We have plans in place to increase our virtual presence, including art activities for kids, and to engage with as many of you as possible.

Please watch this space and in the meantime stay safe.