Some of you may know The Golden Thread Gallery as simply that – a gallery. But did you know it hosts a wide variety of contemporary art exhibitions and participatory events by a mix of Northern Irish and international artists? 

October at The Golden Thread Gallery is home to many events and exhibitions, here are the 6 you need to check out this month:

1. Portrait of Northern Ireland Centenary Exhibition

This month and into the beginning of November, The Golden Thread Gallery will be home to a new exhibition – The Portrait of Northern Ireland: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto. This exhibition will feature over 100 artists who have explored perspectives of Northern Ireland’s people and landscapes from the 1920s until the present day. 

It will include art from well-established artists such as William Scott, Paul Henry and Turner Prize nominees and also present art from up-and-coming artists who have recently graduated from Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art. 

While this exhibition is a way to present young talent and to boost local artists’ profiles, it is hoped that The Portrait of Northern Ireland: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto exhibition will provide a boost to the local arts sector as it deals with the impact of Covid19.

For more information on the exhibit, click here

2. Portrait of Northern Ireland Curator Talk: 100 Years of Queer Art in Northern Ireland

On Saturday 16th of October between 11:00-12:00, queer heritage practitioner Kristopher Reid takes a look at the artists and artworks that have challenged conventions of gender and sexuality in the last century.

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3. Portrait of Northern Ireland: A performance by Bbeyond

Bbeyond are committed to promoting the practice of performance art and artists. They aim to raise people’s consciousness of live and performance art as being integral to the world around us, inspiring reflection and enriching lived experiences. They’ve been around since 2001, as a result of individual artists’ interest in the genre.

On Saturday 16th of October, there will be a performance by Bbeyond to mark their 20th anniversary and to celebrate performance art at St Anne’s Square.

To find out more information, click here.

4. Portrait of Northern Ireland Curator Talk: Artists’ Initiatives

On Saturday 23rd of October, Peter Richards, an artist and curator who lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland, since 1994, reflects on the significance of artist-run and artist-led initiatives in the region.

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5. Portrait of Northern Ireland Curator Talk: Factory and Fantasy

On Saturday 23rd of October between 2-3 pm, Dickon Hall, an art historian, consultant, lecturer and curator explores the influence that industry had on the development of art in Northern Ireland. The discussion will explore NI from the 1920s to the early 1950s and will highlight works from the likes of John Luke, Colin Middleton and Romeo Toogood.

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6. Portrait of Northern Ireland Curator Talk: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto

On Saturday 30th of October between 11 am-12 pm, Shan McAnema, an art historian and curator, discusses her approach to documenting 100 years of art from Northern Ireland.

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The exhibition opens on Tuesday 12th of October from 2 pm until Thursday 4th of November at The Golden Thread Gallery.

Admission into the discussion is free and booking is not required. However, The Golden Thread Gallery is operating under current Covid-19 safety guidelines.

To find out what’s on at The Golden Thread Gallery, go to www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk