• Audio Description

    Butler Gallery is committed to providing Audio Description for at least one exhibition per year from it’s annual programme. Please contact the gallery on 056 7761106 for further information. Pre-Visit guidelines and Wayfinding soundfiles are available at the end of this page or on our SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/butlergallery

    What is Audio Description?
    Audio description offers detailed and vivid descriptions of artworks featured in this exhibition. Rather than interpreting or addressing the artwork’s history, audio description includes details of the artwork’s size, shape, colour, texture, detail, in order to assist visitors who are blind or partially-sighted to build a full picture of the work.

    How do I access audio description at the Butler Gallery?
    We are providing audio description using Discovery Pen technology. Pre-visit guidelines and WayFinding are available at the end of this page . Gallery staff will also be on hand to show you how to use the Pens when you visit Butler Gallery.

    Do you provide any information about the artists or interpretive material to help me understand the work?
    As well as the audio description of each work, short information panels about selected artists and works are also available to read and/or listen to. Our Gallery staff is also always happy to discuss our exhibitions with you.

    Are Discovery Pens only available to visitors who are blind and partially-sighted?
    No, Discovery Pens are available free of charge to all visitors and can offer a new and different way to engage with our exhibitions.

    I am blind or partially-sighted, how can I access Butler Gallery?
    For details of how to reach Butler Gallery,  pre-visit information, including information about location, parking, way-finding to and through the Gallery and using the Discovery Pen service to access audio description is available at the end of this page.

    Can you provide assistance to navigate through the Gallery?
    Yes. Should you require assistance during your visit to Butler Gallery, please contact Hollie or Pauline at 056 7761106 or pauline@butlergallery.com.

    Can I bring my service dog?
    Yes. Service and guide dogs are welcome at Butler Gallery.

    Is Butler Gallery accessible for people using mobility aids or wheelchairs?
    Unfortunately, Butler Gallery is currently located in the basement of Kilkenny Castle and there is no step-free access to the Gallery. Please contact 056 7761106 if you have any further questions about accessibility.


    This service is provided in collaboration with Arts & Disability Ireland, thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

    We’re very proud to share a video produced with Arts & Disability Ireland about our shared project to audio describe Butler Gallery’s permanent collection in advance of our move to Evans’ Home in 2020.

    Our ambition is to make our exhibitions and the collection accessible for all people, and the audio description project will support access for people who are blind and visually impaired.