Artist Programme 2018

International Residencies with Shiro Masuyama

Golden Thread Gallery
Saturday 13th October, 12pm – 2pm

  • Are you interested in expanding your international profile?
  • Do you want to find out more about how international residencies work?

In this artist talk, Shiro Masuyama will look back at the 22 artist residencies he has undertaken throughout his career, and how they have become a core part of his artistic practice.

As a result of the residencies he has previously been represented by galleries in Germany and Spain, he has lectured regular in Japan over the last 11 years, helping others to develop that side of their practice.

He will look at the differences between each residency and he will talk about how understanding the local arts scene is crucial. He will also share advice about which residencies he recommends and why.

Shiro Masuyama is a Belfast-based Japanese artist who is a studio holder and a board member of Flax Art Studios. He has developed his artistic practice through participating in numerous international residencies all around the world nomadically since 2002. After attending international residencies in Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin(2006) and Flax Art Studios, Belfast(2009), he settled in Belfast. To date he has participated 22 international residency programmes including Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2014-2015); National Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art Korea(2008); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2004-2005); and ISCP-International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2002-2003).

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Residency Helpdesk with Shiro Masuyama

Golden Thread Gallery
Wednesday 17th October, 1pm-5pm
FREE/ £5 (Non-member

In this helpdesk Shiro Masuyama will look at your proposals or applications for international residencies.

It is essential that you have sent your proposals in advance of the helpdesk, so that we have time to go through your proposal in advance. Please email your proposals to

Because of needing your materials in advance, registration for the helpdesk will close on Saturday 13th October.

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Curator Talks

Visual Artists Ireland [NI], Belfast Offices
Friday 16th November, 2pm – 4pm


To accompany our Speed Curating event, we have invited four of the visiting curators to give short introductions to their practice and the galleries they work with.

  • Anna Ciabach – ( Monopol Gallery, Warsaw)
  • Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw)
  • Dean Brierley – (Caustic Coastal, Salford)
  • Nora Hickey – (Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris)

Each curator will talk for around 30 minutes to give you an insight into their own working practices, and help prepare you for the speed curating sessions that will take place the following day – Saturday 17th November.

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17 NOVEMBER 2018

£3 per appointment

Morning – 11.30 – 13.10
Afternoon – 14.00 – 15.40


** Tickets on sale from 1st October 2018 **


Confirmed Curators:

  • Anna Ciabach – ( Monopol Gallery, Warsaw)
  • Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw)
  • Dean Brierley – (Caustic Coastal, Salford
  • Nora Hickey – (Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris)
  • Liam McCartan & Anne Mager (Catalyst Arts, Belfast)
  • Mirjami Schuppert (Independent)
  • Hannah Watson (Belfast Exposed)
  • Catherine Hemelryk (CCA Derry~Londonderry)
  • Sarah McAvera (Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast)
  • Jennie Guy (Firestation Projects, Dublin)

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