• Discovery Pens | Personae exhibition

    Butler Gallery will offer full on-demand audio description of its exhibition Personae: Butler Gallery Collection featuring loans from the IMMA Collection.

    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, color, texture, detail, in order to assist visitors who are blind or partially-sighted to build a full picture of the work.

    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.

    How do I access audio description for Personae: Butler Gallery Collection featuring loans from the IMMA Collection?
    We are providing audio description using Discovery Pen technology. For details of how to use these Pens, listen in to the guide on our SoundCloud page by clicking here. https://soundcloud.com/butlergallery/pre-visit-guidelines
    Gallery staff will also be on hand to show you how to use the Pens when you visit Butler Gallery.

    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, visit our SoundCloud page to listen to 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 – click here. https://soundcloud.com/butlergallery/wayfinding

    Can you provide assistance to navigate through the Gallery?
    Yes. Should you require assistance during your visit to Butler Gallery, please contact Bairbre-Ann 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 Bairbre-Ann on 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.