Susan Buttner is an artist based in Ireland concerned with  ideas around knowledge and power, identity politics, alienation and difference.  Appealing to her own sensibility, choice materials are wide ranging and often playful,  integrating industrially manufactured with crafted objects, revealing juxtapositions and co-existences.  Performance, film and sound activate her installations, offering a metaphorical sense of place where hierarchies between historical and personal narratives are collapsed. This practice involves sculpture, painting, performance, film and collaborative projects.  

Group & Solo exhibitions

2020 Royal Ulster Academy Of Arts, 139th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2020 Stories from Lismore & Beyond, curated by Paul Mc Aree, Lismore Castle Arts, Co Waterford

2020 Highlanes Gallery Open Submission Exhibition,  curated by Joy Gerrard, Sean Kissane, Jerome ODrisceoil, Drogheda

2019 ARRANGEMENTS, Orphans, curated by James Merrigan, Pallas Projects Studios, Dublin

2019 Sirens III, live installation/performance by Celina Muldoon, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin 

2019  Cairde Visual, Sligo

2019  RHA 189th Annual Exhibition, Dublin 

2019  Sirens, live installation/performance by Celina Muldoon, Live Collisions, Temple Bar Gallery/Studios to Project Arts Centre, Dublin 

2018  Periodical Review, Pallas Projects Studios, curated by James Merrigan, Aisling Prior, Gavin Murphy, Mark Cullen 

2018  PeripheriesOpen, Gorey School of Art, Wexford

2018  Strange Foreign Bodies, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, (sculptural works selected by Sarah Browne for inclusion in Report to the Academy Exhibition) 

2018  RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition, curated by Amanda Coogan, Dublin 

2018  Royal Ulster Academy Of Arts, 137th Annual Exhibition, Ulster 

2018  Architecture, spaces of interaction and everyday power, exhibition NCAD, Dublin 

2018  Hermione Exhibition, curated by Aisling Prior, Dublin 

2017  Half Baked Exhibition, curated by Lee Welch, Eblana House, Dublin 

2017  Detached Exhibition, curated by Niamh McCann, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan 

2017  Untitled, live installation/performance by Celina Muldoon, curated by Roisin Bohan, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin 

2017  Hermione Exhibition, curated by Aisling Prior, Dublin

2017  Report to the Academy, Marabouparken Show, Stockholm (sculptural works selected by Sarah Browne for inclusion in Report to the Academy Exhibition)

2016  RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition, curated by Alice Maher, Dublin 

2016  Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, curated by Richard Wilson, London 

2016  Collapse of Narrative, Exhibition, Eblana House, Dublin.

2016 Social Exercise,  Solo Exhibition, Marrowbone Lane Gallery, Dublin.

2015 Royal Ulster Academy 134th Annual Exhibition, Ulster.

2015 Road runner, Re-position Exhibition, The Mart, Dublin.

2014 Something close to nothing, Studio & beyond, Marrowbone Lane & Old A4 Art, Dublin.

2014 Cairde Arts Festival, Sligo.

2014 Socially constructed looking, Fifteen Exhibition, The Joinery, Dublin.

2013 Royal Ulster Academy 132nd Annual Exhibition, Ulster.

2012 Socially Constructed Looking, NCAD, Dublin 

Performance / collaborative art 

2019 Sirens, performance by Celina Muldoon, live collisions, Temple Bar Gallery/Studios to Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

2018 ‘Floats in the Aether, live performance by Amanda Coogan, National Gallery Ireland, Dublin.

2018 Architecture, spaces of interaction and everyday power, live performance by Susan Buttner,  ICFE, Dublin

2017 A Star called Henry, 1916, A boy called Paddy, live performance by Susan Buttner, NCAD, Dublin

2017 Untitled, performance by Celina Muldoon, curated by Roisin Bohan, TBG/S, Dublin

2017 Body in Movement, live performance by Susan Buttner, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

2016 Social Exercise, live performance by Susan Buttner, Marrowbone Lane Gallery, Dublin

2015 Coyote versus Roadrunner, live performance basketball match, by Susan Buttner, NCAD, Dublin 


2016-2018 MFA Fine Art Sculpture (Distinction), NCAD

2013-2016 BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture (First class honours), NCAD 

2009-2010 Diploma Fine Art and Design (H21), NCAD  

2007-2008 Certificate in Visual Art Practice (H21), NCAD 

Public Collection

Department of Defence, Phoenix, Dublin

Visual Artists Ireland, Dublin

Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

The artist's work is held in Corporate and Private collections in Ireland, Britain, throughout Europe and the USA 


2020 Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Artists Bursary Award

2020 Inaugural Janet Mullarney Prize (Highly Commended)

2020 Arts Council of Ireland Funding Award, ( COVID Response)

2020 Fingal County Council Bursary Award

2020 Draíocht Incubate Studio Residency Award

2019 RHA Peer Residency Award

2018 RDS Visual Art Award

2018 Selected for the RHA Student Access class, Mark Clare

2017 Selected for the Apprentice Master, Kunstodium T

2016 Shortlisted for the Basic Space Artist Residency Award

2016 RDS Visual Art Award

2016 Selected for the RHA Student Access Master Class, Blaise Smith

2015 Fingal County Council Bursary Award 


Joanne Laws, Arts Writer, Editor, Visual Artists News Sheet, Maja Ciric, Curator and Art Critic, Notes on Artistic Agility, Aug 2019

Aidan Dunne, Art Critic, Irish Times, Pallas Periodical Review: a lively look at the state of Irish contemporary visual art Dec 18thJanuary 2019


James Merrigan, Art Critic, Small night zine, Nov 2019


RHA Gallery, Bealtaine Festival, Talks, June 19th 2019

The Thin Air, Global Arts & Culture, 2019

Art Rabbit, Small-night-zinearrangements, Nov 2019


Visual Artists Events, July 2019!event/2019/5/7/-apos-sustaining-your-artistic-practice-apos-bealtaine-festival-2019

Cristin Leach, Art Critic, RTE Culture, Degrees Shows- the next generation of Irish Art (Eamonn Maxwell, Curator, Art Advisor) Jun2018


Irish Arts Review, Next Generation Gallery, 2018


Gemma Tipton, Art Critic, Irish Times, 2016 RDS Visual Arts Awards, encouraging a new generation, Oct 2016

Irish Arts Review- New generation- artists work- Susan Buttner

Susan Buttner, untitled, 2019, installation photograph, courtesy of the artist, RHA Gallery, Studio Residency

© 2020 Susan Buttner