The Bystander Effect by Alison Lowry

Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to present ‘The Bystander Effect’ by acclaimed glass artist Alison Lowry. ‘The Bystander Effect’ examines the role that we as a society had in allowing an ‘architecture of containment’ to develop in Northern Ireland. Women and children were incarcerated in numerous Institutions, such as Industrial schools, Children’s ‘homes’, Mother and Baby Institutions and Magdalene Laundries all over Northern Ireland during the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Working with the recently published research report into Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland; the Historical Institutional Abuse report and forensic archaeologist Toni Maguire, Alison Lowry attempts to exhume our most recent past and the subsequent intergenerational trauma.

Alison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield. Lowry has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Show in 2015 and 2009, the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011 and more recently the Bronze Award at Bullseye Glass’ ‘Emerge’ exhibition.



The Golden Thread Gallery

84-94 Great Patrick St,




Opens Thursday, 5th of August and runs until the 11th of September.

Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.



Advance booking is not required. Please see website for full details of how to plan your visit.


COVID latest: 

Face masks are required. Visitor numbers are restricted to 30 at a time, sanitiser stations and a one-way system will be in place. Please check in at reception on arrival, contact details will be taken for track and trace. 


All events are run independently. Please contact event organiser with questions or for more information.

Contact info and social media links:

028 90 330920




As COVID guidelines may change between now and the time of each event please check back for updated information, or contact the event organiser directly. Stay safe!

Event Details

Start Date: August 5

End Date: August 31

Location: Co. Antrim

Type: Exhibition

Price: Free

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