Inspiring culture seekers since 1943, the Butler Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation located in the former kitchens of Kilkenny Castle. The gallery is free of charge and open to the public seven days a week, all year round.
Butler Gallery actively promotes and affirms the value of the arts to society through a diverse programme of exhibitions, a significant permanent collection, and active and innovative education initiatives for family, school, youth and adult audiences.
They offer their visitors excellent contemporary exhibitions, which reflect the constantly changing nature of visual art practice. Providing a platform for the best of Irish art today and demonstrating a strong commitment to presenting the work of artists of international repute, they aim to stimulate, inspire and challenge their audience.
* In 2008, the gallery was awarded Museum Accreditation from the Heritage Council of Ireland for excellence in Caring for Collections, Museum Management and Exhibition, Education and Visitor Services.
"When Walking" by Eithne Jordan
24th June to 30th July 2017
The Butler Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new gouaches and paintings by Eithne Jordan, one of Ireland’s leading painters.
These works have been made during Jordan’s one-year residency at the Tony O’Malley Studio in Callan, County Kilkenny. Armed with a camera and intrepid walking legs, Jordan has captured and recorded what she encounters on her frequent walks about Callan and the surrounding countryside in Kilkenny. Jordan was particularly struck by the vernacular architecture, both the unusual and the unremarkable, encountered throughout the countryside. Multiple snapshots taken are carefully studied back in the studio, where tough decisions have to be made as to which image to dedicate to painting.
Tony O’Malley’s early works captured the essence of his beloved Kilkenny. Eithne Jordan has taken her own path with this subject matter and tenderly responded in her inimitable way, distinguished by her particular eye and life experience.
Opening Reception - Saturday 24th June from 3pm to 5pm
Meet The Artist - Wednesday 26th July from 1pm
- 12th August to 15th October 2017 - The Way Things Go: An Homage
- 28th October to 17th December 2017 - "Modern Experiments" by Susan MacWilliam
With thanks to the Arts Council for essential annual funding and to the OPW, Department of Social Protection, The Heritage Council and Kilkenny Local Authorities for additional assistance