Butler Gallery trades as Kilkenny Art Gallery Society and is a charitable body and a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in the Republic of Ireland. As such it must observe and comply with the Governing Laws of the Republic of Ireland and applicable overarching EU Laws and Regulations, including compliance with the Companies Act 2014. The Butler Gallery Board has collective responsibility for promoting the success and long-term viability of Butler Gallery. The key roles of the board include governing the strategic business and direction of the organisation and supporting Butler Gallery achieve its vision and mission. The Board provides guidance to Butler Gallery Senior Management and oversees the activities and effectiveness of the organisation.

Butler Gallery is funded annually from the Arts Council, and Kilkenny County Council and through raised income from corporate sponsorship and partnerships, donations and commercial revenue.

Board Members

Kathleen moran

Kathleen Moran, Chair

Appointed 05/2019
Appointed Chair 05/2021

Kathleen Moran is a business consultant based in her native Kilkenny. As managing Director of the Kilkenny Design Centre for over thirty years she established the Kilkenny Design Centre brand, a label synonymous with quality Irish heritage and crafts.

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Kathleen’s experience in sourcing, and curating, unique national crafts has given her an invaluable insight into the materials, skills and passion behind some of Ireland’s best known designs. Kathleen has an ongoing interest in the diversity of Irish talent and art and enjoys exploring new ways to share it with national, and international, audiences alike.

In 2012, and working closely with local food producers, she opened the award winning Anocht restaurant showcasing natural Irish ingredients in a unique, historic environment. The restaurant featured in Lucinda Sullivan’s ‘Best Places to Eat’ and in the Michelin Guide.

In 2016 Kathleen was awarded the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce President’s award followed by Employer of the Year in 2018. She has been a board member of, and collaborator with, Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board.

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Ian Coulter, Company Secretary

Appointed 04/2016
Appointed Company Secretary 10/2018

Ian is a Training Executive with the Citizens Information Board. He came to Kilkenny in 1979 to work with the National Rehabilitation Board and soon became involved with the arts in the city, particularly with Kilkenny Arts Festival, of which he was Chairperson in 1992 and in 1997.

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Ian has been involved with St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union since 1995 and was President from 2005 to 2008. He is a non-stipendiary minister with the Church of Ireland, and is a director of Ossory Youth and the Good Shepherd Centre, Kilkenny.

Ian has a strong commitment to the arts and to making the arts available – and relevant – to all sectors of the community, particularly to marginalised groups. He sees the arts as having the capacity to stimulate creativity, thereby creating an inclusive society.

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Eamonn Carroll

Appointed 05/2019

Eamonn is the Festival Director at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Prior to becoming Festival Director he was Membership Relationship Manager at the RDS.

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Before this he directed the Sponsorship and Friends Strategy for Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Opera House and managed key relationships for the company with leading Irish and international philanthropists. He has represented the cultural sector on the Minister’s Working Group on Arts Funding & Philanthropy. Formerly, Eamonn was Assistant Chief Executive and Head of Fundraising with the leading Irish research charity Fighting Blindness and Vice-President of the Students’ Union at NUI Maynooth. Eamonn previously served on the board of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival from 2017 to 2019.

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Emily-Ann Gilligan

Appointed 05/2019

Emily-Ann Gilligan is an architect and partner at CANICE Architects which she established in 2017. Prior to relocating to Kilkenny, Emily-Ann worked in award-winning architects practices' in London. In her practice she is interested in the collaboration of the arts and architecture

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Emily-Ann has acted as an external architecture critic to Waterford Institute of Technology and continues to mentor architecture students in the University of Westminster, London.

A member of the Architects Registration Board in the UK since 2014 and a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland since 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Westminster, London and holds a MA in Architecture from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Evelyn Graham

Appointed May 2022

Since graduating from DIT Bolton Street School of Architecture in 1986, most of Evelyn’s career has been spent with Kilkenny County Council dealing with Housing and Corporate buildings. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland in 2015.

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Her focus shifted to building conservation and adaptive re-use in recent years and in 2010 she was appointed as Architectural Conservation Officer for 3 years. He then went on to project manage two landmark civic projects in Kilkenny City; the conversion of Evans’ Home to the new home for the Butler Gallery & the transformation of St.Mary’s Church to the 'Medieval Mile Museum'.

At the other end of the building spectrum her work also involved reactivating vacant homes and leading a Rural & Community Pilot project for the residential regeneration of Upper Bridge Street in Callan, Co.Kilkenny.

Evelyn has a keen interest in the visual arts and is delighted to continue her close involvement with the Butler Gallery in her new role as board member.

Lamber de Bie

Lamber de Bie

Appointed September 2022

Lamber de Bie moved to Ireland in 1994 after qualifying as Master Florist in his native Holland. He is creative director of Lamber de Bie Flowers with retail stores in Kilkenny and Waterford.

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As a member of Retail Excellence Ireland his stores have been awarded recognition not only as a florist / designer but also in best retail practices. Lamber works with Irish and International event planners as preferred florist of choice for high end weddings and events. Lamber has a strong commitment to the arts and is a longstanding supporter and supply partner of Kilkenny Arts Festival.

His passion lies with the Visual art and in particular meeting with and learning about living contemporary artists.

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Helen O'Donoghue

Appointed June 2023

Helen O’Donoghue, is an educator, researcher, curator and artist based in Dublin. She was the inaugural Senior Curator and Head of Engagement & Learning Programmes, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA. In 2019/2020, Helen was a Fulbright Scholar at MoMA in NYC.

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Helen is a highly experienced curator and astute manager who developed a multi-faceted programme for IMMA's audiences, across all ages in formal and informal education, with communities of interest and general public from its inception in 1991 to 2022. Initially trained in Fine Art at the NCAD and working on experimental socially engaged arts projects for a decade before joining IMMA, Helen adopted a pioneering approach to breaking new ground in creating people-centred access programmes to the museum.

She has experience of working with partners from local community organisations to national and international collaborations exploring how art and artists can work with diverse communities. She has fostered relationships with national arts, education and community development organisations as well as many international collaborations e/g Socrates and Grundtvig E.U. Learning Partnerships and the TATE and MoMA.

She has presented her work at conferences, published in peer review publications and acted as external examiner to several courses at TUD (former DIT). She is currently a board member of the Family Resource Centre, St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin, a member of the Bealtaine (Age & Opportunity) advisory group and an expert for the editorial panel for EPALE, the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (epale.ec.europa.eu).

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Vera Klute

Appointed July 2023

Vera Klute is a visual artist based in Co. Kilkenny. Her work utilizes a range of different media such as sculpture, painting, drawing and video animation.

Themes span from formal portraiture and public sculpture to kinetic installation. She is always interested in exploring new materials and processes and in this way her work has taken many different incarnations over the years.

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She has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad since graduating from IADT in 2006, including a solo exhibition at the Butler Gallery in 2011.

Her work is represented in many collections, including the National gallery of Ireland, The Office of Public Works and the Arts Council and she has won numerous awards.

Since being elected associate member of the RHA in 2018, she is actively involved in the organisation, which includes curating the Annual Exhibition and serving on the RHA Programme Board.

The Board and Staff of Butler Gallery are committed to compliance with the Recommended Guidelines for Financial Reporting using the SORP Accounting Standard for Charities. We are also committed to complying with the Code of Governance and principles of good fundraising.

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Monday: closed (except Bank Holidays when Sunday hours apply)
Tuesday-Saturday: 10.00–17.00
Thursdays: Late Night 10.00–20.00
Sunday: 11.00–17.00
Last admission is 30 mins before closing times