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: 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 Revisits ‘Noise of Silence: Japanese Art Now’


While we’re closed, we wanted to take a look back at some of the highlights of our exhibitions over the past year, and share the activity sheets for you to download and print at home. Please peruse some incredible art, then send us pictures of your own creations!


Last August the Golden Thread Gallery brought an incredible exhibition of contemporary Japanese art to Belfast. ‘Noise of Silence: Japanese Art Now’ was co-curated by GTG Director Peter Richards, the Director of Art Center Ongoing in Tokyo Nozomu Ogawa and Belfast based Japanese artist, Shiro Masuyama. The exhibition included work by 11 different artists, with a broad spectrum of styles and approaches to contemporary art making.

Noise of Silence: Japanese Art Now included spectacular live art events. Artist Takahiro Suzuki continued his global “生きろ (IKIRO) ” (meaning “Be Alive”) project in a durational performance in our Castlecourt pop-up space.

Takahiro Suzuki in Castlecourt Shopping Centre, Belfast, August 2019

You can watch a video of IKIRO on our Facebook page here or this one taken by the Power family on a visit to Castlecourt here!

IKIRO by Takahiro Suzuki in Belfast, August 2019

In Golden Thread Gallery One artist Yusuke Asai created a 17 metre long mud mural on-site, painting right on the gallery walls. He used soil and clay that he gathered here in Northern Ireland to paint his fantastical creatures and images of nature.



Shiro Masuyama’s installation work ‘Tokyo Landscape 2020‘ included an intricate motorised light ascending and descending over water to illuminate rows of plaster figures. Take a look at this video of the installation by Shiro.

Tokyo Landscape 2020 2018, Shiro Masuyama
Tokyo Landscape 2020 2018, Shiro Masuyama

Kyunchome’s video documentary ‘Making the Perfect Donut‘ begins with the idea of combining an American type donut with a sata andagi, an Okinawan donut, to create the ultimate deep-fried treat. But the piece explores the complicated history of American and Japanese relations, and the protests at the continuing presence of American military bases in Japan.

Still from Making the Perfect Donut 2017-2018, Kyunchome
Still from Making the Perfect Donut 2017-2018, Kyunchome

The exhibition also included video works by Takuro Kotaka, Hikaru Suzuki, Marico Aoki and Atsushi Yamamoto.

Atsushi’s piece was actually filmed in Belfast in 2014, during his residency with Flax Studios. In his video he walks around the city with his friends, dressed in a Japanese giant costume, responding to the mythology of Irish giant Finn McCool.

Atsushi Yamamoto and friends, 2014, Belfast
Spirit Disco 2017, Marico Aoki
The Village’s Bid for UFO 2017, Takuro Kotaka

Artist Fuyuka Shindo has also spent time in Belfast, having studied at Belfast School of Art and been artist-in-residence in Flax Studios. Conducting research in museums and archives, she looks at objects such as traditional costumes and old photographs.

Her finished pieces incorporate elements from both past and present, through imagery, materials used or techniques employed.

Artworks by Fuyuka Shindo in the GTG, August 2019. Photograph by Sophie Daly.
Who is this? 2015, Fuyuka Shindo

Midori Mitamura has also worked in Belfast at Flax, and is now based in Tokyo. She makes interactive installations using ready-mades and projected images.

Her installation ‘Green on the Mountain’ was inspired by a family photograph that she found in Europe.

Green on the Mountain 2003-2019, Midori Mitamura. Photograph by Sophie Daly.

With Noise of Silence: Japanese Art Now, we offered our visitors in Belfast the opportunity to experience aspects of Japanese life through the eyes of some of its most talented contemporary artists. Their work explored Japan’s distinct cultural issues in addition to drawing out the artistic parallels that unite creative practices across international boundaries, allowing the exhibition and visitors to reflect on the similarities that exist within our own cultures.

Read a review of the exhibition by art writer Slavka Sverakova here.

Please download and print our activity sheets to create your own artworks inspired by the exhibition, and send us pictures!

Painting Peer Critique Session

Brian Kielt will be running a Painting Peer Critique Session in the Golden Thread Gallery on Saturday 29th of September which is free and open to all. Bring along a piece of work or send image to infocnip@gmail.com to have it projected up for the group. You can also just come along to meet other artists who use painting in their practice and take part in lively discussion about each other’s work. The sessions will run from 1.30 – 3.30pm over the afternoon.

Collage Afternoon at the GTG

We will be holding a collage afternoon for anyone who would like to release some creative juices on a cheerful Saturday afternoon! Join us in the gallery as we tour the Clare Gallagher exhibition and enjoy the layered, landscape and nature based photography she has created and use this as inspiration for our own works of art! All ages welcome, materials are free and there will be free tea and coffee for everyone involved.

To book in contact Catherine at info@gtgallery.co.uk and include the names and the number of participants attending.

-Breastfeeding friendly venue
-Free refreshments
-Free entry
-Suitable for all ages
-Materials provided

Clay Play – A Parent and Child Workshop

Join us at the GTG for a delightfully messy parent and child workshop that will have both you and your children leaving with some fancy new creations! View our latest exhibition ‘Quotidian Tensions between the Domestic and the Unexpected’ with your little ones and base your own creations off the ceramic cutlery, plates, bowls and figurines the artist has created. Each participant is welcome to make as much or as little as they please and can bring home everything they make. This event will run on the 3rd and 17th of February.

Free tea and coffee available for the adults, juice and snacks available for the kids.
Baby changing Facilities
Breastfeeding Friendly Venue

To book in please email info@gtgallery.co.uk with the number of adults and children attending.

Christmas Craft Workshop for the Kids!

We will be hosting a festive crafty session in the gallery to bring the kids to, who will then bring home all kinds of fun decorations they have made themselves. We will be making lots of snowmen, santa beards and tree decorations during this workshop and will be getting very glittery in the process! Children will be guided through the activities by our staff and will be free to take home their creations.

– Free entry.

– Free snacks and drinks available for the kids.

– Disabled access friendly space.

– Breastfeeding friendly space.

To book in please contact Catherine at info@gtgallery.co.uk and state the number of children and adults attending.

Halloween Costume Clinic – Make your own Costume!

Join us in the gallery on Halloween and make your own costume in preparation for Trick or Treating!
Costumes will be simple and ready to wear for the rest of the evening and free face painting is available to finish off your spooktacular looks! All children can create and bring home one costume each.

Children can choose from a variety of designs including:
Beastly Bat
Glitter Unicorn
Buzzy Bee
Ninja Warrior

Get your family ready for the Halloween season and make your costume with us in the gallery for a fun activity for all ages!

-Free event
-Suitable for all ages.
-Free tea and coffee are available and there will be juice and snacks for the little ones.
-Breastfeeding friendly Venue
-Disabled access friendly venue
-Suitable for all ages

8 spaces are available for this workshop. To book in please email info@gtgallery.co.uk and tell us the number of children and adults you would like to bring along. Please specify which costume your child would like to create.

Culture Night – Making Rice Crispy Mountains and Face Painting!

Join us this year on the infamous Culture Night and get your hands deliciously dirty crafting your own mountainous masterpiece. Everyone is welcome to join us at the start of the evening as you fuel up to tour the cities events by creating your own rice crispy bun mountain ranges, decorating them and most importantly, eating them! Bring the whole family and get stuck in creating a whole range, decorating marshmallow tree’s and tucking in to your handmade sweet treats. We will also have free face painting and a glitter station from 5-6pm to add even more excitement to your night!

There is car parking right round the corner for added convenience and tea/cofffee and juice will be available for added refreshment.

-All ages welcome!
-Breastfeeding Friendly
-Babychange Facilities
-Tea/Coffee available
-Car Parking nearby
– Free Face painting and Glitter Station from 5-6pm