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

Beatrice kelly

Beatrice Kelly, Chair

Appointed 06/2014
Appointed Chair 12/2018

Beatrice Kelly has worked in the heritage sector since 1992 in Ireland and at a European level.

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She joined An Chomhairle Oidhreachta/The Heritage Council in 1995 where she has been involved in a range of initiatives and areas including inland waterways, coastal and marine heritage. Beatrice is currently Head of Policy and Research with specific responsibility for the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland, Heritage Maps and digital access to heritage.

A member of the European Heritage Label expert panel since 2012, she is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, holds a MA in Heritage Management from UCC, and MSc in Coastal Zone Management from University of Ulster.

Ian coulter

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.

Aideen barry

Aideen Barry

Appointed 11/2016

Aideen Barry (born 1979) is an Irish visual artist. Aideen was born in Cork and is known for her performance, film, sculpture, drawing, and installation work. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in a number of museums, publicly funded centres of contemporary art, private galleries and art fairs.

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Aideen is a practicing visual artist based between Ireland, Lithuania and the United States. In 2020 she was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy as an ARHA member. She is also a member of Aosdána. Aideen teaches in several universities and schools of visual art in Ireland, America and Europe. She was Lecturer at Limerick School of Art & Design from 2010 to 2020 on the undergrad and post grad programmes. She received the Myron Marty Award from Drake University in Iowa in 2019 and in 2020 she will be a speaker as part of the Anderson Lecture Series at Penn State University. She has also been commissioned by Kaunas 2022, The European Capital of Culture, to make a site specific major moving image work. Aideen also has a number of international touring shows current in the United States at the Katzen Centre at the American University Museum, NYU, The American Film Maker's Co-Op in New York City, Oaxaca Film Festival Mexico. Later his year she will have works at Artissma in Italy and in early 2021 in ArtBA in Buenos Aires. She is also working on a special commission for the Bunting Archive for the Irish Traditional Music Organisation and Music Network in Ireland which will form a part of a series of solo shows and other international presentations in 2021 and 2022.

Selected projects include exhibitions at: Elephant West & Frieze Art Fair UK, Mothers Tankstation, The Drawing Room London, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Oaxaca, Mexico, Louise T. Blouin, London, Moderne Mussett Sweden, The Loop Biennale, ESP, Matucana 100, Chile, Artissma, CHACO & ARCO Art Fairs, The Wexner Centre Ohio, The Royal Hibernian Academy, the Museum des Beux Arts, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, The Butler Gallery, The Banff Centre Canada, the Headlands Centre for the Arts San Francisco, Liste Art Fair Basel Switzerland, BAC Geneva, Art Basel BA and Catherine Clark Gallery, US. Barry has received numerous awards for her practice including recent awards: Culture Ireland Awards 2018 & 2019, 2016, 2011, 2012, Commissions from the Irish Government under the Department of Education & Skills, Shortlist for the 2020 Aceys Industry Film Awards, The Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship Award 2017, Project New Work Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Awards, Modern Ireland in 100 Art Works 2015 award from the Royal Irish Academy, the Silent Light Film Award, Travel and Training Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, in 2010 was shortlisted for the prestigious AIB Prize.


Eamonn carroll

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.

Emily ann gilligan

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.

Kathleen moran

Kathleen Moran

Appointed 05/2019

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.

Sean o hargain

Seán Ó hArgáin

Appointed 02/2015

Seán Ó hArgáin is a Gaelscoil Primary School principal living in Kilkenny and is a native of Waterville, Co. Kerry.

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He has a long track record of involvement in the arts, coming from a family steeped in traditional music but with a diverse and eclectic interest in other areas of the visual, performance and dramatic arts. His parents, Tom and Mary Horgan were among the first sponsors of the original and indeed the redeveloped Siamsa Tíre centre in Tralee and his father Tom was a long-term community member of the board of Cill Riailig Arts Centre in Ballinskelligs.

Seán has a deep-seated interest in the arts in education, completing his masters project for his M.Sc. in Computing in Education with the development of a piece of software for the then emerging Looking and Appreciating section of the primary visual arts curriculum. Since he moved to Kilkenny in 2002, Seán has been a passionate supporter of the arts as a member of the board of the municipal Watergate Theatre and as a sponsor and supporter of Kilkenny Arts Festival and as a founding member of Kilkenny Tradfest.

As an elected councillor and particularly as Mayor of Kilkenny in 2012-2013, Seán championed the arts as a major theme of his Mayoralty, travelling to the Venice Biennalle to support local artist Richard Mosse as Ireland’s entry. He has opened numerous exhibitions in the city and passionately supported the proposals to develop Evans' Home as the expanded Butler Gallery future home. As a primary school principal, Seán ensures the children from his school are amongst the most regular attendees at Butler Gallery events along with regularly supporting events in the national Craft Gallery and Barnstorm Theatre.

His main strengths as a member of the Board of the Butler Gallery are in his commitment to the gallery’s educational programme, his experience and knowledge of the political and lobbying structures in terms of networking and financial opportunities for the gallery and his commitment to see Butler Gallery achieve a fitting permanent home for its collection and the landmark building it deserves in the heart of Kilkenny’ s cultural and artistic life. Seán is also passionate in his commitment to maximum access to the visual arts, particularly in giving young people and adults from disadvantaged communities every opportunity to become artistically educated and participative.

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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