Talks and events

Talks and events during the Portrait of Northern Ireland exhibition 

All talks and events are free admission, see the Golden Thread Gallery website for full details and booking information. 

Saturday 16th October 

100 Years of Queer Art in Northern Ireland

Time: 11am
Location: Golden Thread Gallery

Queer heritage practitioner, Kristopher Reid, takes a closer look at the artists and artworks which have challenged conventions of gender and sexuality in the last century. 

A performance by Bbeyond

Time: 12pm 
Location: St Anne’s Square

A celebration of performance art marking the 20th anniversary of Bbeyond.

Saturday 23rd October 

Artists' Initiatives

Time: 11am 
Location: Golden Thread Gallery 

Artist and curator, Peter Richards, reflects on the significance of artist-run and artist-led initiatives in the region.

Factory and Fantasy 

Time: 2pm 
Location: Golden Thread Gallery

Curator and art historian, Dickon Hall, explores the influence that industry had on the development of art in Northern Ireland from the 1920s to early 1950s.  This talk will take place in the exhibition space and will highlight works by John Luke, Romeo Toogood and Colin Middleton to name but a few.

Saturday 30th October 

Neither an elegy nor a manifesto

Time: 11am

Location: Golden Thread Gallery

Join curator Shan McAnena as she discusses her approach to documenting 100 years of art from Northern Ireland.

Are you listening? Emerging voices & practices from recent graduates of Belfast School of Art

Time: 2pm 
Location: Golden Thread Gallery 

In this talk, Louise O’Boyle, Head of Belfast School of Art, will discuss the graduate works selected for this exhibition. How they connect, challenge, and contribute at local and national levels. But maybe more interestingly, how they stand strong among contemporary artist voices globally.

Thursday 4th November 

Factotum: Launch of the Vacuum NI 100 Commemorative Edition

Time: 6pm 
Location: Golden Thread Gallery Belfast 

A special edition of the satirical newspaper, The Vacuum, is being launched as part of the Portrait of Northern Ireland exhibition.