GTG Gallery Talks: Joy Gerrard

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the wonderful exhibition ‘Put It To The People‘ by Joy Gerrard is currently closed to the public. In lieu of being able to see the artworks in real life, we are delighted to bring you this unique and in-depth interview with the artist. Exhibitions Officer Mary Stevens speaks to Joy about the exhibition, her art practice, and plans for the future in a fascinating conversation which provides unique insight into this exceptional artist’s work.

Filmed and edited by Simon Mills. With thanks to Joy Gerrard, Arts Council NI and Belfast City Council.

The run of ‘Put It To The People’ is extended to 18th December, so book your visit now from our reopening on 14th Novembre!

Appointment of Mary Stevens to Creative Internship Programme


It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Golden Thread Gallery announce the appointment of Mary Stevens to a year long fund raising internship post. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mary to the team and look forward to working with her over the next year. This post is funded by the Arts & Business Creative Internship Programme. #arts_businessni Arts & Business NI Arts Council of Northern Ireland 

Press release from Arts & Business NI

Mary Stevens & The Golden Thread Gallery; Sarah McIntosh & Cahoots NI; Michael Ritchie & Black Box and Sophie O’Donnell & Young at Art with Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager and Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI

This month Arts & Business NI Creative Internship Programme placed four recent graduates on paid internships as trainee fundraisers in local arts organisations. Arts & Business NI recognised a crucial need to equip graduates from arts related courses with relevant work experience; transferrable skills and paid employment. The Creative Internship Programme simultaneously provides the arts organisations with a resource they might not otherwise been able to afford.

During the 10 month internship the graduates will work on fundraising projects and receive structured support from the participating arts organisations. They will also be mentored by a business adviser chosen to meet their professional needs.

Follow Creative Interns on their journey #Creativeinterns

“Fundraising and income generation is particularly critical for our sector and the Creative Internships Programme will address the lack of skilled cultural fundraisers in Northern Ireland. We wish all the interns every success with their training and work experience.” Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI

Nick Livingston, Director of Strategic Development, at the Arts Council, commented, “The Arts Council is delighted to support the Creative Internships Programme. We are committed to helping shape the arts sector, which significantly contributes to the economy, through the development of a future skilled workforce. It is vital that we create opportunities for our young people to access valuable, meaningful work experience within the creative sector in order to sustain the skills we need now and in the future. I wish the new recruits every success.”

The matches are: Mary Stevens & The Golden Thread Gallery; Sarah McIntosh & Cahoots NI; Michael Ritchie & Black Box and Sophie O’Donnell & Young at Art

Mary Stevens

Mary recently graduated with a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism from Edinburgh University, while in Edinburgh she completed an Internship at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, gaining valuable experience in gallery administration and curatorial projects. Mary also has an undergraduate degree from University of Ulster in Fine and Applied Arts and will be joining The Golden Thread Gallery team as a trainee fundraiser through the Creative Internship Programme.

The Creative Internships Programme is funded by the Arts Councils of Northern Ireland, Garfield Weston Foundation and Ulster Garden Villages Limited