Origami is the traditional Japanese art of creating mini-sculptures by folding a flat, square sheet of paper – no scissors or glue required. The crane is one of the most famous designs, and one of the oldest known books about origami from 1797, called Hiden senbazuru origata (The Secret of Folding 1,000 Paper Cranes), contains instructions for making 49 different kinds of crane.
But origami is still being taken to new levels by contemporary artists – like this incredible life-size elephant created by artist Sipho Mabona from a single sheet of paper!
In part 2 of his workshops on using computer coding to get creative, Robin Price takes us through how open processing works.
Once you have the basics of this down, the potential for making all kids of new art is really boundless!
Robin uses technology to create music and soundscapes as well as visual art, and to push the boundaries of our ideas about what different technologies can do. What do you think our machines and devices could do that would be new and different? Send us your pictures and ideas!
Learn how to use computer coding to create art! Artist, composer and technology superstar Robin Price shows you how to design and code a beautiful rainbow, just like in our picture.
Creative coding is a type of computer programming in which the goal is to create something expressive instead of something functional. It’s an exciting and growing field where art and technology come together.
Coding can be used to create pictures, animation, poems, games and many different kinds of art.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include the names and the number of participants attending.
-Breastfeeding friendly venue
-Suitable for all ages
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 email@example.com with the number of adults and children attending.
Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to announce our unique touring exhibition, Not Alone, created for our strange, new, transformed world. With isolation measures, travel restrictions and quarantine rules affecting art exhibitions and collaborations in every way, GTG Director Peter Richards...