Anna introduces guests to the important collection of 20th century artworks in our Permanent Collection. Enjoy an introduction to works by some of Ireland’s best-loved painters such as Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Mainie Jellett, Louis le Brocquy and many more. Gain an insight into the main developments in Irish art of the 20th century and its links to the trends in mainland Europe, the United States and beyond. Learn about the skills, techniques and joys and challenges involved in curating and installing a contemporary art exhibition.

About Anna O’Sullivan
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.

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.

Group numbers: Min. 1 - Max. 10

Duration: 1 hour tour


  • All year round.
  • Daytime Experience (Private Tour): Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm
  • Exclusive Daytime Experience (Butler Gallery closed to the Public): Monday, 10am-5pm
  • Exclusive Evening Experience (Butler Gallery closed to the Public): Monday-Wednesday, 5-8pm

For price and booking information, please contact Geni Murphy, Marketing Executive at [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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