Golden Thread Gallery

Open: Tuesday – Friday: 11.00am – 5.00 pm, Saturday: 11.00am – 4pm & 6pm – 8pm every First Thursday of the month.

Address: Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU, Northern Ireland

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Welcome to Golden Thread Gallery, Northern Ireland’s leading international contemporary visual arts organisation, based in and informed by the local. We are actively committed to enhancing and widening the cultural experience for those living in, working in and visiting the region. Golden Thread Gallery prides itself on offering a friendly, open space where everyone is welcome. For those who have never visited the gallery before, why not pay us a visit and get a taste of what we do?

From its beginnings in a former linen mill on a contested ‘peace line’ in North Belfast, Golden Thread Gallery has delivered annual programmes of exhibitions and activities designed to make a real contribution to the visual arts and wider communities in Northern Ireland.

If you’re exploring Belfast city, come and see what we do! Golden Thread Gallery offers a unique artistic encounter, and is located on Great Patrick Street between Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and the historic Sailor Town area of the city.


Gallery Information
For further information about our program and projects, visit our website www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk , e-mail: info@gtgallery.co.uk or why not join us on Facebook or Twitter; we love new friends.

Access Information
Gallery handouts and information sheets are available in large format on request. The gallery space is fully accessible for wheelchair users with a ramp entrance. If you should require an audio described gallery tour, please contact us to arrange a date. An audio T-Loop and baby changing facilities are available in house. Should you need assistance in planning your gallery visit, please do contact us.

Access and Interpretation Guide For the Golden Thread Gallery PDF LARGE FORMAT


Schools & Tour Groups
The gallery is happy to accommodate groups and offers guided gallery tours free of charge. Please contact the gallery at least one week in advance if you wish to make a booking.

Gift Shop & Sales
Golden Thread Gallery publishes and sells a wide variety of art books, periodicals and journals. Artworks are also available for sale through the gallery’s dedicated sales area for all art lovers and collectors to enjoy.


Gallery Staff
CEO and Creative Director - Peter Richards
Development Officer – Ruth Graham
Engagement Officer – Deirdre McKenna
Gallery Manager - Sarah McAvera


And Europe Will Be Stunned
Yael Bartana
23 March - 13 May 2017

Yael Bartana’s deeply stirring and contentious film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned is both of its time and ahead of it. Bypassing cliché, this bold and subversive project explores propaganda, longing and migration through an uneasy fusion of fiction and reality that is hard to untangle. Experiencing all three films in a gallery environment gives us a space to contemplate and question the human dilemmas that shape the world we inhabit.

The tension that runs through each carefully structured frame, choreographed image and rousing call to action is echoed in some of the reviews:

“Consisting primarily of a video trilogy, it is at once sombre, provocative and superbly well done, with a strangely perfect, perfectly disturbing, yet ineffably wry confusion of ideology, geography, propaganda and history.”

Roberta Smith, New York Times

The gallery’s 2016/17 programme has concentrated on juxtaposition and the role of place in the context of urban environment. Following on from these themes will be a focus on the mediated story. While Northern Ireland is a key example of how stories and histories change and evolve under the glare of media scrutiny, in an increasingly international world examples are all too copious. We will also focus on the concept of operating under a spotlight/ under the shadow of a spotlight. How do you escape your past when your present is constantly being monitored?

Golden Thread Gallery’s artistic vision is engaged with the fluidity of history and the multiplicity of points of view. The programme investigates how moments in time can have an irrevocable impact on perspective. Our surroundings shape how we read meaning: an event can be something or nothing depending on where it occurs or what we have previously experienced.

This exhibition is in association with Artangel, London. The trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned is part of the Artangel collection. More information can be found at www.artangel.org.uk

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