• Culture Night 2018

    Culture Night 2018 at Butler Gallery
    Friday, 21st September

    Join us at Butler Gallery and Kilkenny Castle for this late night opening of our current exhibition I Smelled A Raw Recruit; The World War Films of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. Special events will take place across the castle in response to this exhibition including workshops for teenagers, a poetry open mic performance event, and a specially commissioned experimental investigative project by artist Kathryn Maguire.

    This event is kindly funded by Kilkenny Arts Office with further support from Kilkenny Castle, OPW.

    Poetry Open Mic
    The Parade Tower

    Poet Colm Keegan will host this relaxed, drop-in open mic performance event at The Parade Tower. Colm will perform some of his own original poetry, and has invited guest poet John Cummins to join the event. Poetry will also be read by a number of Kilkenny poets, with the possibility to sign up in advance or on the night to perform your own poetry!

    What can we see when we see together
    Muniments Room

    Desire is (2010), Kathryn Maguire, courtesy of the artist

    This is an experimental investigative project by artist Kathryn Maguire, commissioned by Butler Gallery in response to the current exhibition I Smelled A Raw Recruit. Maguire will bring her own research and artistic practice into conversation with some of the themes of the exhibition to create an exciting and interactive art laboratory space.

    Inspired by references to Greek poetry in the exhibition, Maguire examines how visual culture, performance and spectacle lay at the heart of all aspects of Greek daily routine such as court, assembly, cult and ritual. Seeing was considered the most secure means of obtaining knowledge. Seeing was often conflated with knowing.

    Have you ever wondered how your brain reacts when you look at an artwork? Some things we see reward us more than others. Maguire will use ‘visual thinking strategies’ to probe ways of looking and seeing art.

    Art assistants and laboratory assistants will be on hand to ask questions, have discussions and facilitate art-making workshops for this all ages event.

    Cadavre Exquis (1938), André Breton, Jacqueline Lamba, Yves Tanguy, Cadavre Exquis, courtesy of wikicommons

    Exquisite Corpse; Teenage workshops
    Sallyport Cellar
    50 minute workshops at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
    Booking essential: email hollie@butlergallery.com to book

    Artist Sibyl Montague invites Kilkenny teenagers to create an exquisite corpse –  exploring the surrealism of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s films, workshops will use methods of cut up, assemblage, word and image play to create unique collective works. This workshop is based on an early 20th century surrealist parlour game of the same name.

    Spaces are limited so booking is essential, email hollie@butlergallery.com to book




    Colm Keegan is a writer and poet from Dublin, Ireland. Since 2005, he has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction and won the All Ireland Poetry Slam in 2010. His first book Don’t Go There was released to critical acclaim in 2012. His latest collection Randomer is out now and available from Salmon poetry. In 2014 he was awarded a residency in the LexIcon, Ireland’s largest public library. He has developed numerous creative writing projects for schools and colleges across the country. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, a creative writing initiative for young writers. He was a co-founder and board member of Lingo, Ireland’s first Spoken Word festival. In 2011, he was nominated for the Dublin Fringe’s ‘Little Gem’ Award for the spoken-word play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About – which has toured Ireland and sold out in Bristol, London and Paris. In January 2017 his short play The Process was staged in the Abbey Theatre as part of 24 Hour Plays. His play For Saoirse is on in Axis Theatre Ballymun this September as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. He also writes for television.


    John Cummins Poetician, one of Ireland’s most unique voices, has brought his spoken word poetry to every corner of our isle. From festival fields to our national concert hall, John shares poetry that aims to highlight, uplift, and inspire. His words break down the border between audience and performer. John’s story is the story of us.


    Born in 1971 in Ireland, Kathryn Maguire lives and works in Dublin. Kathryn Maguire’s practice uses text, sculpture, video, and installation work. She has used text and signage as a means to highlight historical writings in public spaces, making diverse cultural references that link the historical with contemporary. She seeks to highlight moments from history, looking in the past for a potentiality, which represents an opening and a questioning. The various events or happenings have included walks and cycles with text orated by actors or the viewer. She has approached themes such as socio-urban and socio-economic history, psychogeography, voyeurism, exhibitionism, intimacy, seduction, loss and belonging, and being lost.


    Sibyl Montague’s (Dublin, Ireland) practice includes sculpture, video and installation. A graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, she is recent laureate of the Institut Français Residency Programme at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2017). Additional awards include Emerging Visual Artist Award, Wexford Arts Centre (2012) and Oriel Davies Open, Wales (2011). Her moving image work was commissioned for the collection of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. Montague is co-founder and co-curator of PLASTIK, a festival of artists’ moving image in Dublin and is current studio resident at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.