Exhibition 24 January to 8 March, 2009
The Butler Gallery has an extraordinary resource in its fine permanent collection. Established in 1943, the collection has continued to flourish through gift, loan and purchase. It is a rich archive to which the inquisitive eye may turn and return. Including loans from the Sir Basil Goulding Collection and private collections, the Butler Gallery Collection is an eclectic catalogue that can be read and appreciated on many levels.
The annual exhibition Gems from the Collection continues to explore this valuable resource and features works that have not been viewed in recent times along with revisiting beloved favourites. The selection reflects the broad character of the collection itself and embraces a variety of genres through painting, drawing and printmaking.
The 2009 Gems from the Collection exhibition includes newly restored paintings and works on paper by Grace Henry (1868-1953), Robert Ballagh and Anne Madden, work that was carried out through grateful funds received from The Heritage Council of Ireland. Also on view is Jaki Irvine’s 2001 film Ivana’s Answers, work by Kilkenny based artists Paul Mosse and Francis Tansey and recent gifts of works by Donald Teskey and Andrew Pike.
This diverse collection exemplifies the best of Irish art and we are most fortunate to have its home base here in Kilkenny.