Hollie Kearns is the Learning and Public Engagement Curator at Butler Gallery. She developed an independent curatorial practice working with Commonage and Workhouse Union in Callan, Co. Kilkenny where she worked directly with artists to commission new work. This work was most often about public participation and Inclusion. Hollie has a strong interest in heritage and the built environment, and projects included public access to heritage sites Landing Place (2013), and a series of projects at Callan Workhouse (2012-2016); artist commissions in heritage contexts such as Callan Workhouse; planning processes for town development such as Forecast (2014) and Courtyard Screen (2016), and engaging people with diverse support needs in the design of housing and inclusive neighbourhoods such as Nimble Spaces (2013-2016).
In collaboration with her colleague Rosie Lynch at Workhouse Union, Hollie also curated gallery exhibitions such as Pattern Exchange at Temple Bar Gallery (2015) and events at art organisations such as Leap Year at National Sculpture Factory (2016). In 2017-2018 she was a project manager with the Irish Walled Towns Network, a Heritage Council of Ireland initiative. Hollie has also worked in the disability sector, supporting young people with an intellectual disability to access community services for their own independence which has given her a great interest in universal accessibility and inclusion.