The Golden Thread Gallery’s online activities


New Visual Arts Reading Group

10.30am to 11.30am

We’re delighted to introduce our new online weekly visual arts inspired Reading Round led by Brian McAvera, celebrated playwright, art historian, critic and curator. Within this themed reading round the emphasis will be on the visual arts. This will include essays, reviews and book excerpts, covering different art periods and different national attitudes to art history and criticism. Each week you will listen to the texts read by Brian, which are then discussed at length by the group. There is no preparatory reading or homework. Guided by Brian you will consider the text in detail, looking at tone, choice of words, viewpoint, the effect of a certain image or turn of phrase, etc.

The sessions will last one hour and places are limited! Email marking it ‘Visual Arts Reading Round’ to sign-up.

Thanks to funding from the Community Foundation NI.


GTG Artists Present

A new series of online exhibitions, thanks to funding from Community Foundation NI. Over the next months the GTG will be inviting Northern Ireland based artists to create a new digital exhibition of some of their past work with the GTG online on our website and social media channels. We’re delighted that our first artist is photographic artist Victoria J. Dean – she has created a new digital presentation of works from her project ‘The Illusion of Purpose’. Watch it on our website, or for a subtitled version watch on our GTG YouTube channel.


GTG Revisits

Every Wednesday our Director Peter Richards will revisit our past exhibitions and share images and memories of some of his personal highlights on the GTG Instagram. Follow us to experience all of these weekly (re)visits to exhibitions gone by, guided by one of Northern Ireland’s most influential curators. #GTGRevisits


GTG Curators Discuss…

The Golden Thread Gallery curatorial team, Director Peter Richards and Exhibitions Officer Mary Stevens, are discussing the processes involved in exhibition making in the Gallery, via recorded Zoom chats. This is an exciting opportunity to gain insight into GTG’s process of building a programme of contemporary visual art in Belfast. New chats are recorded weekly, so if you are an artist, student or curator and have a question you’d like Peter and Mary to consider, please email us at or leave a comment on Twitter.


GTG Kids Workshops Online

Every Friday we’ll share a new online video tutorial for you to explore visual art techniques like Matisse’s cut-outs, Pointillism and Stop-motion animation, and learn how to create your own with templates and worksheets to download. You’ll find all the activity sheets on the GTG News webpage and the videos are on our YouTube and Vimeo pages too. Please send us your completed coloured-in activity sheets, and we’ll share them in our online Junior Gallery! Or share on Facebook and Instagram, and tag us using #GTGBelfast and #GTGJuniorGallery

Thanks to funding from the Community Foundation NI.


GTG Instagram Takeovers

We’re inviting different artists to take over our Instagram channel for the weekend, sharing unseen and new content about themselves, their work and their inspirations. Artists including Dougal McKenzie, Liliane Puthod, Michael Hanna and Sharon Kelly have all been featured, with more to come!


Explore our current exhibitions online

Even though the gallery is closed, you can enjoy an up-close look at both our group show ‘Dissolving Histories: An Unreliable Presence’ and ‘More Bad News’ by Dougal McKenzie on the GTG Website.

Thanks to the superb photography of Simon Mills –

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