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Suzanne Walsh


Performance artist Suzanne Walsh presents a commissioned response to the exhibition in the form of a poetic vocal/audio work on the concept of ‘collection’.


Thursday, 23rd March, Main Gallery.

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A Guided Meditation to an earlier state of evolution.

This audio/poetic performance invites the audience to relax, and allow oneself to disassemble into their multicellular, bacterial, deep primaeval selves, while, conversely, reflecting on the activity of ‘collecting’ as a very human activity.

Come, let us swim together in the primordial soup!

(Disclaimer, the artist is not responsible for any metamorphosis that may occur)

Suzanne Walsh is an artist and writer working mainly with performance, audio, and text. They have an interest in non-human worlds, from animals to the esoteric, and in creating rifts through which new meanings and realities can emerge.

They also publish essays, art-writing, poetry, and fiction in literary publications including gorse journal, Fallowmedia, Winter Papers. They have an essay in the recently released non-fiction book on animal writing called Running Feet, Sharp Noses, published by Paper Visual Art Journal. Their practice has been supported by Culture Ireland, Fire Station Studios, and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. The Arts Council recently added one of their vocal performance works, BirdBecomeBird, to their collection, the first acquisition of its kind.

Archive of past talks at Butler Gallery:

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Poetry Encounters

Feb - Mar 2023

Poetry Encounters, a special series of artist-poet, readings and discussions, presented in association with Poetry Ireland to mark Butler Gallery's 80th Anniversary. Join us for these poetry encounters in which artists whose work features in Butler Gallery's 80th Anniversary Collection Exhibition share and exchange insights into their own work with poets. The poets will read from their collections, explore the exhibition and consider how the visual arts have influenced their writing

Main Gallery, 1pm-2.30pm

  • Wednesday 22nd February:
    Artist Michael Beirne with Poet Jess McKinney
    View recording here
  • International Women's Day, Wednesday 8th March:
    Artist Felicity Clear with Poet Jane Clarke
    View recording here
  • Wednesday 15th March:
    Artist Helena Gorey with Poet Tara Bergin
    View recording here
  • Wednesday 22th March:
    Artist Anita Groener with Poet Gerard Smyth
    View recording here

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Talk Series

Talk Series: Cartoon Saloon - My Father's Dragon

December 2022 - January 2023

A series of online talks to coincide with Cartoon Saloon - My Father's Dragon: The Exhibition at Butler Gallery Nov 19 2022- Jan 29 2023, providing a unique insight into animated movie making.

Supported by Animation Skillnet

Kevin Atherton in Conversation with Sonia Shiel

Kevin Atherton in Conversation with Sonia Shiel

August 7, 2022

Recorded during The Return at Butler Gallery, August 6 - October 2, 2022.

In partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival

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Grace Weir In Discussion

A Reflection on Light: A discussion with Grace Weir and Anna O'Sullivan

December 16, 2021

Artist Grace Weir, and Butler Gallery Director and Chief Curator, Anna O'Sullivan for an online discussion about A Reflection on Light (2015), Weir's filmic practice, and her research into the work of Mainie Jellett, with particular emphasis on scientific theories of light, refraction and time that were present in Jellett's paintings.

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Blaise Smith Artist Talk

Blaise Smith Artist Talk

October 21, 2021

On the occasion of 'The Still Life Paintings of Blaise Smith' at Butler Gallery, with Anna O'Sullivan, Director and Chief Curator.

Due to a technical issue, the start of this talk is unavailable.

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In Conversation Traveller Pride 2021

The Meaning of Culture - Traveller Pride Week 2021

Thursday September 30th, 2021

Drawing on the personal reflections and observations of three women from the Traveller community this event assesses notions of culture in Irish society, past and present.

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Talk Series: Pride in Kilkenny 2021

June 2021

Speakers from Ireland's LGBT+ communities discuss diversity and representation in Ireland's contemporary arts sector.

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Talk Series: Incoming - Richard Mosse

June - July 2021

A series of talks that accompanied the exhibition Incoming by Richard Mosse.

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Talk Series: WolfWalkers, Cartoon Saloon

January - April 2021

A series of exclusive talks online, delivered by the WolfWalkers Creative Team from Cartoon Saloon, providing a unique insight into animated movie making.

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Talk Series James Barracks

Talk Series: The Defence Forces - The Bloods

August - October, 2020

A series of four talks on the occasion of the exhibition The Bloods, by artist Amelia Stein at the new Butler Gallery at Evans' Home.

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Baum Test IIIIII 2017

Eamon O'Kane Artist Talk

Artist Talk from Eamon O'Kane's exhibition 'Does all the beauty of the world cease when you die?' at Butler Gallery, May 6 - Jun 11, 2017

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Re Collecting


November 10, 2012

Re:Collecting took place on Saturday 10th November 2012 when a group of like minded people with an interest in the heritage and history of Kilkenny came together for an afternoon and evening of exploration and recollection. Re:Collecting recorded a moment of pause and reflection at Evan’s Home, between past and future inhabitation following a period of collaboration between Butler Gallery and Commonage.

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More Details on Re:Collecting are available here.

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