Art at Burtown

Garden sculptures and art at Burtown

The Wendy Walsh Gallery

The new Gallery at The Green Barn is named after Wendy Walsh, who was one of Ireland’s foremost botanical artists, and who lived at Burtown House until she died in March 2014 just shy of the age of 99. The Wendy Walsh Gallery, opened in February 2017, and is presently showing original botanical paintings by Wendy Walsh, and a series of portraits of Wendy by her daughter Lesley Fennell which were mostly done in 2013, the last year of Wendy’s life, except for one which was painted in 1963 , when Lesley was at art school. It was done as a personal record of, and tribute to, her mother, and as a way of spending time together with her. The 2 drawings were done whilst Wendy ate her breakfast every morning, so each one was done over about 3 weeks, for about 10 or 15 minutes a session. 

Exhibitions 2017

Please bare with us while we finalise the dates of our forthcoming shows for 2017….soon to be released,


Sculpture in Burtown Gardens

Whilst some of the emphasis will be on garden painting, we will also have other interesting exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography. We intend to extend our outdoor sculpture, and are expecting to add new pieces throughout the year. We will keep everyone informed of these and more developments on our website and facebook pages. At present we have an exhibition of sculpture by Eileen McDonagh and Catherine Greene, which are displayed in the meadows and parkland around the house, as well as pieces by Shane Jackson and Sasha Sykes of Farm 21. These artists are well established and respected sculptors, and we are delighted to show their work. All work is for sale, and there are links to their websites below. We hope to add more outdoor sculpture soon.

Painting in the Garden

Flowers to paint

We also hope to encourage all artists, of whatever standard, to set up easels in the garden and be inspired! Just come along and paint for the day. We will also be running workshops and painting days, so please enquire if you are interested in hearing about these.

Come individually, or in a group, with or without a tutor. Lesley can also be contacted to give lessons or workshops. She is an experienced and sympathetic teacher, who has taught both beginners and the more experienced, throughout Ireland and abroad. She is often to be found with an easel set up somewhere in the garden, doing her own painting.