Within a beautiful reflective space in the heart of Kilkenny City, gain a deep appreciation for the 20th century and Contemporary Irish Art scene through an exclusive Curator-led guided visit. Moving through light-filled gallery rooms in a building that effortlessly blends contemporary and 19th century architecture, breathe deep surrounded by colour and vibrancy. Discover the eminent permanent collection of 20th century Irish and international art that coexists with cutting edge contemporary work by national and emerging artists. Learn about iconic artworks and the curator’s favourites. End with light refreshments in the indoor/outdoor gallery garden café.

About Anna O’Sullivan
Anna was the recipient of the Royal Hibernian Academy Gold Medal in 2021 for her contribution to the arts in Ireland. In 2013, Anna was the Commissioner and Curator of the Irish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale with Richard Mosse as the artist representing Ireland. She has been a visiting lecturer at various third level institutions and served on many artist review panels including the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland. Anna graduated from the National College of Art & Design Dublin and also studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Anna was a board member of Kilkenny Arts Festival from 2005-2020.

Prior to joining the Butler Gallery in 2005, Anna spent over twenty years in New York, first as curator of Performance Art at the avant-garde arts venue Franklin Furnace and then as Director of the Robert Miller Gallery. Anna has worked with many internationally-renowned artists and artist estates during her career including Alice Neel, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, Patti Smith, Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley, Fischli & Weiss, Michael Snow, Bob and Roberta Smith, Hans Op de Beeck, Ian Burns, Louise Bourgeois, Werner Herzog, Tony O’Malley, Barry McGee, Jeanne Silverthorne and Eve Sussman.

Group numbers: Min. 1 - Max. 12

Duration: 1 hour tour


  • All year round

For price and booking information, please contact [email protected] t. 00 353 (0)56 776 1106

Butler Gallery Collection Gallery 4
The impressive new double height main exhibition space at Butler Gallery

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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