BUTLER GALLERY 1ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY & AUCTION
AT KILKENNY CASTLE TO BENEFIT UPCOMING MOVE TO EVANS’ HOME
(Kilkenny, Monday October 21st, 2019) Works by Barrie Cooke, Bernadette Kiely, Paul Mosse, Blaise Smith and many more well-known artists will be auctioned by Fonsie Mealy at the inaugural Butler Gallery Christmas Benefit at Kilkenny Castle on Friday 29th November.
All proceeds from the event, which aims to raise in excess of €15,000, will go towards the completion of Butler Gallery at the newly renovated Evans’ Home; situated off Johns Quay in the heart of Kilkenny city. Evans’ Home will provide Butler Gallery with a permanent space to exhibit an extensive and important collection of 20th century Irish art, in addition to a new contemporary gallery space, a learning centre, media gallery, three gardens and a café. This is a hugely transformational move adding to the story of Kilkenny and raising the gallery’s profile nationally and internationally.
As well as the auction of important artworks generously donated by many of Irelands and Kilkenny’s best-known artists, the Butler Gallery Christmas Benefit Party will also feature French café music from Arreglos and Jazz from the Carole Nelson Trio, and unique and luxury gifts from local and national crafts people and businesses. Art is included from Cartoon Saloon, Kevin Cosgrove, Alan Counihan, Marie Foley, Eithne Jordan, Atsushi Kaga, Nevan Lahart, Theresa Nanigian, Eva O’Leary, Dylan Vaughan, George Vaughan and many more.
Other prizes on the night include tickets to see Ronan Tynan at St Canice’s Cathedral and tickets to Vladimir’s Viennese Christmas Gala at Lyrath Hotel, a golden ticket for Kilkenny Arts Festival 2020.
Tickets for the Butler Gallery Christmas Benefit start at €50 and include access to Kilkenny Castle, a wine reception with canapé’s, cocktails and entertainment.
A catalogue of artworks is available to view here.
Additional bespoke gifts for auction and a prize draw of fantastic luxury items are generously sponsored by Kilkenny businesses and craftspeople including Carl Parker Jewellery; Nicholas Mosse Pottery; Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Kilkenny Design Centre; Lamber de Bie Flowers; Zuni; Mount Juliet Estate & Golf Resort; Watergate Theatre; Butterslip; The Little Green Grocer; Michelle Treacy; Kearney Roche & McGuinn; Kieran O’Gorman’s Hair, Beauty and Day Spa; Cushendale Woollen Mills; Jerpoint Glass Studio; Castle Arch Pottery.
Butler Gallery would like to extend sincere thanks to all our event supporters with special thanks to Yulefest Kilkenny, The OPW/Kilkenny Castle, The Wine Centre and Pembroke Hotel.
For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Reynolds, Development Director, Butler Gallery.
086 171 9467 / firstname.lastname@example.org or
Anna O’Sullivan, Director, Butler Gallery , 056 776 1106 / email@example.com
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