In the first quarter of 2020, Butler Gallery, the leading contemporary art gallery and museum with a permanent collection in the South East, is moving from its current location in Kilkenny Castle to a fit-for-purpose venue called Evans’ Home; one of Kilkenny’s most iconic and historically and architecturally significant buildings.
Originally a military barracks and recommissioned as an Alms House in 1818, Evans’ Home has been completely restored and renovated, affording Butler Gallery the opportunity to expand its audiences and visitor numbers and to enhance the visitor experience with an enticing and creative café offering. At Evans’ Home Butler Gallery will house its Permanent Collection, the Tony O’Malley Bequest, a double-height contemporary gallery and will facilitate many in house and collaborative events. We anticipate growing our visitor numbers by nearly 50% in year one of this move to 65,000.
The café will form an important part of the offering to these visitors. The café has stunning indoor and outdoor spaces (30+ seats indoors and 30+ seats outdoor in summer months) and will have the opportunity to respond to catering requests of Corporate Friends events and attract links with the many festivals featured throughout the year in Kilkenny.
Queries will be accepted no later than 5pm on Friday 25, October, 2019. The tender deadline is 11/11/2019.
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ABOUT EVANS’ HOME:
At Evans’ Home Butler Gallery will unveil its important and unseen collection of 20th century Irish art. Overlooking the River Nore at the heart of Kilkenny City, at Evans’ Home, Butler Gallery will have four permanent collection galleries; an entire wing dedicated to the work of renowned artists Tony O’Malley & Jane O’Malley; a large contemporary art gallery; a learning centre; an interpretation room, a media gallery; three beautiful gardens and a café.
€5.6million has already been secured for the capital development phase with support from Kilkenny County Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland. In order to complete the campaign, a final €250,000 (4.5% of the overall capital cost) must be raised. These additional funds will ensure artists’ work is seen by as many people as possible and presented in welcoming and interactive spaces, while also ensuring more learning opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds