Butler Gallery artist’s talks and courses on current exhibition

THE Butler Gallery is hosting an artist’s talk, a Leaving Cert study day and an evening course during its current exhibition, Mairead O’hEocha’s ‘Whisper Concrete’.

THE Butler Gallery is hosting an artist’s talk, a Leaving Cert study day and an evening course during its current exhibition, Mairead O’hEocha’s ‘Whisper Concrete’.

The National Gallery of Ireland and Butler Gallery are holding a free Leaving Cert study day tomorrow (Thursday) from 9am to 4pm in the Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle and in the Butler Gallery.

‘An Artist In Conversation’ with Mairead O’hEocha and Chris Clarke will then take place on this Friday from 1-2pm in the Butler Gallery. This lunchtime walk-through of ‘Whisper Concrete’ will feature the artist in conversation with Chris Clarke, curator of education and collections in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork. Admission is free but a voluntary contribution of e3 is encouraged.

Then, on Wednesday evenings from March 30 to April 27, Lynn McGrane and Jean Tormey will present ‘Night School: An Introduction to Modern Irish Painting’, including day trip to VISUAL, Carlow. The course will look at the social and political context for painters working in Ireland in the 1940s and ’50s, moving on specifically to female Irish painters of this era, to exponents of modernism in Ireland at this time. Following on from this, trends of the 1960s and ’70s will be considered, leading to more recent developments and contemporary Irish painting today. Fee for the course is e90 (e75 for members and concession).

Meanwhile, the gallery’s young critics group is travelling to Liverpool in advance of an exhibition they are preparing for the gallery this summer. Their itinerary includes a chance to meet other young people from Tate London and Liverpool, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.

For more information on these events, contact the Butler Gallery on 056 7761106 or email jean@butlergallery.com.