• Exhibition continues until July 29th 2018

    Open 10am – 5.30pm Daily
    Last admission 5pm


    The Butler Gallery is delighted to present our second collaboration with Cartoon Saloon, the immensely talented, Kilkenny-based and thrice Oscar© nominated Irish animation studio.

    In celebration of the Irish cinema release of the studio’s new feature film The Breadwinner, the Butler Gallery is honoured to present an interactive, multi-media exhibition that includes a diverse selection of original drawings by the studio team. These works on paper reveal the multiplicity of processes involved in the realisation of an animated film.

    Directed by Nora Twomey and based on the award-winning, best-selling young adult novel by Deborah EllisThe Breadwinner is a meticulously crafted story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression. It is the visually stunning and moving story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.

    Drawing and painting is at the core of the artform of animation and this is beautifully conveyed in the exquisite watercolours, gouaches and pencil drawings that enrich this exhibition. Remarkable cut-outs bring Parvana’s Story World to life; creating a unique aesthetic full of magic and wonder.

    This multi-media exhibition, curated by Anna O’Sullivan and designed by Steven McNamara of ROJI, provides an imaginative and accessible viewing of Cartoon Saloon’s movie-making process.

    An introduction to The Breadwinner Exhibition running in Butler Gallery from May 12th to July 29th 2018. The exhibition takes inspiration from Cartoon Saloons Oscar Nominated film, The Breadwinner. Film shot by Allen Kiely from Allen Kiely Photography

    Learning and Public Engagement Programme (see here for details)

    A full programme of professional development workshops, 2nd level teacher training, artists training, lunchtime talks and children’s workshops will be held during the run of the exhibition.

    Scheduled Learning and Public Engagement events are listed here.

    An Artist-in-Residence will be present in the gallery at select times during the run of the exhibition and visitors will be able to make their own cut-out designs inspired by the cut-out style populating the Story World in The BreadwinnerNo Booking Required

    **There will be an artist-in-residence in the gallery every Tuesday 2 -4pm, Thursday 2 -4pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm & 2 – 5pm during the run of the exhibition.

    Paul Bokslag is a Callan, Co. Kilkenny based visual artist from the Netherlands. He is a co-founder and facilitator at KCAT Arts Centre. Cutting paper forms an important part of his practice. He has shown his work in numerous exhibitions around Ireland and abroad, from wall based abstract pieces and posters to large room filling installations. www.paulbokslag.com

    Audio Description: 
    This exhibition will be audio described and discovery pens will be available at the front desk of the gallery.

    Pre-visit guidelines are available to download here and via the soundcloud link below:

    Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00am – 5:30pm | Admission is Free to all

    With thanks to the Arts Council for essential annual funding and to the OPW and the Department of Social Protection.

    Grateful thanks go to the Exhibition Funders: Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)Creative IrelandAIBSmith Micro/MOHOKilkenny County Council, Bespoke/Curated Commercial Wall Art SolutionsKilkenny Education CentreGorilla Post ProductionPembroke HotelAnimation Skillnet, and Carne Group.



    Christine Monk | monk.christine@gmail.com | 087 675 5329