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.

Gallery Assistant Job

Gallery Assistant – closing date 28th February 2020

The Golden Thread Gallery is seeking an enthusiastic and reliable Gallery Assistant to provide assistance and support across the Gallery’s programme and range of activities. Responsible to the Senior Management, this role will include liaising with artists, institutions and funders, general administration including daily financial procedures, exhibition assistance including condition reporting and visitor experience. This role offers a fantastic opportunity for an early-career Arts professional in one of Northern Ireland’s leading contemporary visual art galleries.

Working Hours: Part-time, 24hpw (more hours may be available at peak times).

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday. Hours determined by a monthly rota and will include evenings and weekends. Applicants must be flexible to the needs of the organisation.

Salary: £8.75ph (full time equivalent £18,200)

Leave: 28 days annual holiday pro rata (including Bank Holidays)

Contract: This is a 12-month contract position, with possible extension up to a maximum of 23 months. A probationary period will apply. Please note that this appointment is subject to continuing funding/grant aid. Employment is subject to funding and the contract may terminate earlier if funding is withdrawn.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 28th February 2020. Applications must be emailed to info@gtgallery.co.uk

Application Packs and Monitoring Form can be downloaded below, or emailed on request.

Disclaimer: This document does not constitute an offer of employment nor forms any part of any contract.

GTG AWARDED ARTS COUNCIL NI ARTS & OLDER PEOPLE FUNDING

We are delighted to announce that the Golden Thread Gallery will be leading a new Arts Council of Northern Ireland Arts & Older People Project in partnership with Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, Roe Valley Arts Centre in Limavady and The Over the Hill Collective in Belfast.

The True Confessions project will explore the links between music, memory, art and lyrics, taking the simple starting point that every participant will have a lifetime of stories to tell. Our artist facilitators will work with them using visual arts, music and poetry to unlock and share memories, reminiscences and stories.

Some participants may prefer to make a visual representation of their story using clay, collage, paint or drawing; others may choose to write a poem; while other may perform a self-written song. Each participant will be supported and encouraged to develop their own “voice”. The project will promote friendship and understanding through the shared experiences that are sure to be uncovered throughout.

Peter Richards, Gallery Director at the Golden Thread Gallery, says, ‘The processes of collaboration and uncovering yet-to-be discovered talents challenges and inspires us to see the world around us from fresh perspectives. We eagerly await the unexpected in the project’s final exhibition, formed through the juxtaposition of works yet to be created being shown alongside works well established.’

Desima Connolly, Cultural Facilities Development Manager for Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, commented, ‘We are delighted to be working on this project with the Golden Thread Gallery and to develop this partnership providing such a valuable creative project to the local  Causeway Coast and Glens region, particularly one that innovatively engages with senior citizens across the borough.’

Paul Kane, founder of The Over the Hill Music Collective said, ‘The links between music and memory are profound and working with older people in the community, especially those with dementia, really is beneficial to their wellbeing and quality of life. Coupled with the artistic element to the project, and it really is a win/win combination.

The project will be working with a number of groups from the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area including the West Bann Development, Coleraine and the Limavady Community Development Initiative.

Musician Paul Kane, ceramicist Fiona Shannon and artist Corrina Askin will lead the workshops which will be held at Flowerfield Art Centre and out in the community.

The project will culminate in a showcase concert featuring some of the participants own poems, stories and music as well as an exhibition curated by Peter Richards, Director of the Golden Thread Gallery, in which the older people’s work will be displayed alongside artworks from the ACNI Collection.

The exhibition will be held at Flowerfield Arts Centre in May 2020.

The project starts in January 2020. For more information please contact the Golden Thread Gallery on info@gtgallery.co.uk