Common Threads

About the event

This group exhibition will feature the work of 13 local and international artists where linen either as story, medium or substrate is the connecting theme across a diverse range of fine and applied art practices.

Exhibiting artists include:
Gina Pierce (England), Angela Burns (NI/Turkey), Birgit Schoenaker (Netherlands) , Pat Griffin (Northern Ireland), Alison Baxter (England) Ina Olohan (Ireland), Heather Richardson (northern Ireland), Hilary Cromie (Northern Ireland), Anna Smyth (Northern Ireland), Amy Higgins (Northern Ireland), Katie Larmour (Northern Ireland), Margaret B. Russell (USA), and Caroline Moore (Northern Ireland)

Curated by Linen Biennale Programme Manager Meadhbh McIlgorm, and RSpace Gallery Director Robert Martin, the show will be an opening exhibition for the 2023 Biennale ‘Revive and Renew’ on July 28th. A series of workshops will accompany the exhibition which can be booked via the Island Arts Centre.


The Linen Biennale is an initiative of R-Space Gallery. The 2023 event is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. For the full program of events please check our website or join the online conversation using hashtags #LinenAliveNI #LinenBiennale23

Where is it taking place?

Island Arts Centre
BT27 4RL

When is it taking place?

Common Threads takes place from Saturday 29th July to Saturday 26th August at the Island Arts Centre.

The Island Arts Centre is open Monday-Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm.

Price and do you need to book?

Exhibition, free of charge, no need to book

Contact details

T: 028 9244 7506





Additional information:

This event is part of the 2023 Linen Biennale and as a number of workshops related to both the exhibition and biennale.

You can find more events on the August Craft Month calendar. Please note, related workshops are charged and must be booked.


This event is a part of August Craft Month held in collaboration with Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Cork Craft & Design. 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month in NI with makers all across the island of Ireland getting involved.


All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Start Date: Jul 29

Start Time: 9:30 am

End Date: Aug 26

End Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Lisburn

Type: Exhibition

Price: Free

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